Killer Mike on Anarchy, Bernie, Keanu, the Parkland Kids and Why Gun Control Is Inherently Racist

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When James Baldwin spoke at San Francisco State College on October 22nd, 1960, he attempted to warn the nation about what he sensed was coming for the U.S. in the riotous 1960s. In particular, he cautioned that the myth of America was in collision with the reality. The prescient writer said that if the nation didn’t meet this “collision head-on and try and become what you really are,” it would be doomed to “retreat and try to remain what you thought you were, which is a fantasy, in which you will certainly perish.” Five years earlier, in his Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin had confessed, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”