ATLANTA – Following a heartfelt speech during a press conference with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michael Render, publicly known as Killer Mike, has been inundated with media calls and requests for comment. His personal publicist, Jennifer R. Farmer, issued the following statement detailing that Mr. Render will not grant additional interviews at this time:
“It’s been said that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. What you witnessed last night was a heart overflowing with pain and frustration of being constantly told to wait on freedom. Freedom is not just being able to walk around unencumbered. It is being able to live without fear that one will be gunned down without reprisal or justice. It is knowing that you can earn a living wage and care for yourself and your family. It is seeing an end to systemic racism. Watching Black men and women, even children, killed by police over and over again is heartbreaking, and it is heavy. It is especially difficult to be asked to process one’s emotions on an open stage. This is not a theoretical exercise. It is a lived one.
“At this time, Mike will not comment further. We know that this issue is important, and we urge you to go to grassroots leaders and seek comment from them. Examples include:
- Next Level Boys Academy in Atlanta
- Latonya Gates, PAW Kids in Atlanta
- Zakiya Sankara Jabar in Silver Spring, Maryland
- Rev. Ben McBride and Pastor Michael McBride in Oakland, California
- Mary Hooks, Southerners on New Ground in Atlanta
- Ash-Lee Henderson, Highlander Center in Tennessee
- Montague Simmons in St. Louis, Mo.
“These are people and the organizations they represent who are doing the heavy lifting, and we recognize and applaud their leadership.”
Contact: Jennifer R. Farmer, firstname.lastname@example.org