Cardi B Calls on Male Rappers to Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor

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Cardi B has a message for male rappers remaining silent about the police killing of Breonna Taylor: “You should stick up for her.”

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, the rapper expressed outrage over the death of Taylor, the 26-year-old emergency room technician who died in her Louisville, Kentucky, home in March after police conducted a no-knock search warrant and fatally shot her. 

“That is so insane to me. [I saw] Breonna Taylor’s name everywhere, but I didn’t really know her story,” said the "WAP" singer after she took part in a call for celebrities arranged by Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, and gun-control advocate Tamika Mallory.

Cardi went on to ask: “What’s the excuse? Why is the cop not in jail? Wasn’t what he did a crime? It’s a crime! And no apology. No apology... Nothing. It’s nothing. I don’t even know how her mom still holds her head up. Unbelievable.”

In addition to getting herself informed on what happened to Taylor, Cardi has used her platform to demand justice by pleading for the arrest and charging of the officers involved. (Her Instagram profile photo currently reads as Taylor's name.) Now, she’s imploring male rappers to do the same, telling Elle that her message for male rappers is as follows: “A woman like Breonna Taylor, she was young. She looked like she was listening to your music. She looked like she was your fan. You should stick up for her.”

The 27-year-old New York native also said in the interview that what happened to Taylor hit close to home, reminding her of her cousin who was murdered.

“I remember everybody waking up at 3 a.m. and driving all the way to New Jersey, to the hospital,” she recalled. “And through all that driving, you’re crying and scared and everything.”

You can read the entire interview with Cardi here.

Tags: Social Justice, Career, Career

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