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Should The Confederate Flag Be Banned? Hip-Hop Has Something To Say

Big K.R.I.T., Wale and OG Maco weigh-in.

Last week's deadly shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church has opened up numerous discussions and debates about race in America. One such debate centered around the Confederate flag and whether or not it should be flown in South Carolina, after imagery was found of the confessed Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooter, Dylann Roof, embracing the flag.

The NAACP has since called for the state government to take the flag down and President Obama stated that the Confederate flag, which flies over the State House, belongs in a museum only, according to Reuters.

On Monday (June 22), CNN reported that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said it was time to remove the flag from the State House. Still, there are many in the South who cling to the rebel flag, which symbolizes the South's secession from the United States during the Civil War.

On Saturday, MTV News travelled to Atlanta to attend Hot 107.9's annual Birthday Bash concert at Phillips Arena and asked a number of the evening's performers to share their thoughts on the Confederate flag.

  • OG Maco
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    "I seen a lot of people keep it like, 'That's our heritage' or things like that, but if that's the case you might as well let white people say 'nigger.' You know? That's also our heritage, and they go hand-in-hand. The Confederate flag, we were getting called niggers back then, so if that's what you want to do, then do that. If you're comfortable with one, be comfortable with the other, and I'll never argue with you.

    But if you poll 95% of people, they'll say they don't want to be called a nigger, so stop trying to justify -- it's wrong. It's wrong and it's outdated. It's what allows people to cling on to a systematic racism, bro. It's not like it's not hard enough. Look at how much we have to do to even achieve some semblance of progression."

  • K Camp
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    "Confederate flag, I was never amused by the Confederate flag because I know what it stands for, I know what it represents, I know the history about it. I'll say burning it is not gonna do nothing. We're burning it, OK, sh-t still gonna go on. I'll say we gotta stand for something. I just found out about the Confederate flag burning. I seen it on Twitter, I seen somebody burning the flag and I didn't know what the hell was going on. I put two and two together and was like, OK, with the situation that happened [in South Carolina]. It's gonna take more than that. If they raising the flag and the people want to take it down, go get it."

  • Wale
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    "I'm not as knowledgable on the Confederate flag as many people, but I would say that the controversy that it's causing, that it is worth exploring doing something that relieves us of this racial tension. And something that relieves us of oppression and depression and stuff like that. I think it's certainly worth a conversation. I hate speaking on things that I'm ignorant to, but I will say, I know they're in Charleston right now and there are thousands of people outside protesting. You don't let stuff like that keep going, you gotta address it or there will be mayhem. Without organization there's chaos."

  • Soulja Boy
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    "You know what it is, you know how I feel about that, I'm from the South. I lived in Mississippi, I done seen a lot of things between racism and black and white, but we ain't gonna speak on that because I got 20,000-30,000 fans when I go perform and I look at my crowd sometimes I don't see nothing but white people. I'm just gonna be real. I go to my shows, I see 5,000 people, and they're all white. Sometimes I go to the shows and they're all black. But look what Kanye did... He put the Confederate flag on his jacket and f--king flipped it.

    It's all a mental thing. At the end of the day if the NAACP want to do that, I'm a member, I support the NAACP. Whatever they with, I'm with, but it's each and every person and how they think. It's a mentality."

  • Big K.R.I.T.
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    "I know what it means. I grew up around it, seeing it. The thing about the way I saw it and the people I saw flying it... normally you see somebody and that's the energy that they want to show you. That they might not like you, or might not f--k with you or part of them is not in agreeance with how much you have now. And you know that, it's an honest gesture like, OK, I know where you at.'

    I was never in agreeance with it. I went to school systems and I know that they fly it along with everything and it's a part of where I'm from, but that part of history is so destructive. And it's a part of history that is so demeaning to a people... a race, and I don't really feel like it should be flown. I don't really understand why somebody would glorify it, meaning what it was.

    As time progresses, a lot of those people that were teaching those negative mentalities, they passed [away]. So people keep getting exposed to how people really are. They keep meeting people from different religions, different races, different genres and they learn more and hopefully they do a way with that negativity and what those symbolic things mean."