Lecrae says he’s done explaining himself.
The two-time Grammy-winning rapper, who recently appeared on the cover of RELEVANT, published a testimony of sorts over at Huffington Post. Lecrae writes, clearly from a place of exasperation with American (Christian) culture, about why he outspokenly mission the black lives matter movement.
He explains how, since about 2012—when he shifted his art from a preachier, almost didactic posture to a more reflective, emotionally place—he’s had to constantly defended himself. He says that following the killing of Michael Brown in 2014, he’s received even more pushback.
You can’t miss the exasperation with which he writes:
I was once told you shouldn’t waste time explaining yourself to people bent on misunderstanding you. So, I won’t anymore. I can’t anymore. I’m a mess …
As I shared my heart, my supporters turned on me even more—fans and friends. There was no empathy. Though some comments were just evil and hurtful, others were steeped in ignorance and lack of perspective. They didn’t get it.
Lecrae also expresses his support for the mission of Black Live Matter:
[Black Lives Matter] encapsulates our societal woes as a people. I don’t condone violence or rioting for which BLM is so often blamed, and I don’t believe these isolated acts express the values of the BLM organization or the sentiment either. Yet, some people still think we are just “whining about the past.” But we’re not. We are trying to expose how the past has affected the present and threatens the future.
In the end, Lecrae explains that when he’s found himself at these low points, it’s the teaching of Jesus that challenges him to move forward: “I am disturbed at the supremacy and disparities that still exist. And what’s ironic is that I’m so bothered because Jesus actually challenges me to not only care for the souls of all humanity, but to feed the hungry, aid the sick, regard the stranger, visit the prisoner, and love my neighbor in tangible ways.”
He concludes: “I’m working on me. Well, God is. And as He is, I hope for grace and mercy and prayers from all those who really care.”
You can—and should—read the whole testimony here.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury