In the the wake of recent escalations of racial tension, Run The Jewels rapper Killer Mike has urged African Americans to participate in an economic proposal called #BankBlack .
Mike – whose real name is Michael Render – made an emotional appearance on Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9 discussing current events, his feelings about police brutality and how the African-American community can make a statement.
“We don’t have to burn our city [Atlanta] down,” he said. “But what we can do is go down to your banks tomorrow - you can go to your bank tomorrow and you can say ‘until you as as corporation start to speak on our behalf, I want all my money. and I’m taking all my money to Citizens Trust.’ “
Citizens Trust is a black-owned bank with locations in Georgia and Alabama. According to one of its latest Instagram posts, apparently around 8,000 people have opened accounts there in the past week.
Cynthia Day, the CEO of Citizens Trust used Twitter to thank Mike for imploring the community to take action.
— Citizens Trust Bank (@CTBank)July 8, 2016
Render has championed this concept for awhile now. In February of this year - Black History Month - he and Usher showed their support by opening accounts at the Citizens Trust. Jermaine Dupri soon followed.
Meanwhile, Solange Knowles recently posted a note on her Saint Heron website providing a list of black-owned banks in the United States and encouraging her fans to do business with them.