Slim Thug and Fellow Houston Rappers Open Accounts at Black Owned Banks
Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Trae Tha Truth, K-Rino and Willie D of the Geto Boys are among the rappers who opened up accounts at the Unity Bank in Houston's Third Ward. This effort was done to stop violence in their hometown and give back to the community following the recent police shootings of black men around the country. The group of rappers also held a meeting with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner about finding solutions to end the violence according to CW39.
"There a lot of people in our city that have lost hope,” Mayor Turner said. “And people are feeling helpless. People in many ways are feeling disrespected, and these individuals here - these artists - they have collectively more power than I do."
Willie D said that the goal was to "create an atmosphere of respect instead of discontent with our law enforcement." He also stressed that the Black Lives Matter movement does not mean the lives of police officers don't. Paul Wall explained that this unity in the Houston hip-hop community was important, no matter how small its overarching effect is.
"Even if we save just one life," Paul Wall said. “It was a success."
The Houston MCs followed the lead of Killer Mike who inspired Atlanta residents to move $800,000 to the black-owned Citizens Trust Bank. The Run The Jewels member called on citizens across the country to take in action against racism and prejudice by using their money to support black-owned businesses.
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