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David Banner didn’t hold back on CNN last night, as he shared his views on African-American youth during a roundtable discussion regarding the death of Michael Brown.

The rapper/producer sent out a series of tweets on Sunday that focused on the views of black men, police, and the value of African-American lives:

While his ideas weren’t initially inspired by the killing of Michael Brown at the hands of police, Banner spoke on the matter further during his appearance on CNN, saying his tweets still hold value in the conversation.

“[The tweets were] definitely taken out of context,” he said. “First off all, on Sundays I always dialogue with my fans. I always push my fans to think. And at the time that had nothing to do with what was going on in Ferguson. But it still applies. What I was saying is white cops do not see value in young, black men. And the reason why a lot of young, black men – not all black men – kill each other is because they don’t see any value either.”

He also says the police aren’t seen as allies because of too many cases involving police brutality against unarmed, presumably innocent black men.

“So many people have bought into this Americanized system, and America historically has always tortured, killed, and enslaved black people. And I have not forgot that,” he said.  “So, there’s a reason why we don’t see value, but it’s different because cops are paid to protect us.”

Banner’s final statement seemed to really strike a chord:

“The thing that America is telling our children, and this is the sad part, is black folks if you don’t make me comfortable, we will kill you.”

Check out the full segment above.


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