On Friday, CNN released a video interview with
Lecrae, who had dropped his new mixtape, Church Clothes 3, the week before.
Lecrae talked about Christian stereotypes and how
he approaches breaking them, as well as going to
protests in his hometown of Atlanta last year.
“I involved myself in the protests after Ferguson
here in Atlanta for a multitude of different reasons,”
Lecrae said. “There was so much pent up anger and
frustration within the black community. People
didn’t know what they were mad at or what they
wanted to see happen, so they just lashed out.
“And so I wanted to be out there to direct the
passion of a lot of these young folks in a healthy
way, and by the end of the time, a lot of the college
students were looking at me saying, ‘Hey, what
should we be doing.'”
Lecrae was actually interviewed at an Atlanta protest, a clip of which is included in the video
interview. He shared what happened there, and
how he tried to help protesters use their frustration
for productivity, rather than destruction.
“I saw a taxi cab, and his window had been
smashed in,” Lecrae said. “I wanted to make sure I
went up to that man and told him that I was willing
to pay for that because that’s not what we’re about
here, and that’s not what this is about. And part of it
for me was to be there to educate, to be there to help them, to be there to say, ‘What is the strategy
you want to employ here versus just getting out
here, burning trash cans and breaking windows?'”
Watch the full segment below.