Yesterday morning (May 1), a letter was published which was though to be authored by Lil Wayne, apologizing to the family of Civil Rights figure Emmett Till for his lyrics. On Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix),” Wayne rapped that he “beat the pussy up like Emmett Till,” talking about the 1955 beating and subsequent murder of a Mississippi teenager for allegedly flirting with a white woman.
Several hours after the public letter published, a spokesperson for the Till family and Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation said that the apology was not much at all.
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Executive Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and Till’s cousin told TMZ:
“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned.”
Previously, Taylor had spoken out against Wayne, condemning his racial “pride and dignity,” regarding the inconsiderateness and insensitivity of the lyrics.