In the midst of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, David Banner and Wyclef Jean appeared on a special episode of BET’s “106 & Park” to discuss racial profiling and what can be done to stop it.
“What can we do to make sure that this doesn’t happen again?” asked an impassioned Banner. “We can march, we can sing, we can make songs—no we have to do something that means something so this will never happen to another child again.”
He suggested ways to bring about change by boycotting basketball games and not releasing music. “We have to find a way to hit America in its pocket or implement laws [against] people who feel like they want to be vigilantes,” he explained.
Wyclef passed along the advice he taught his daughter. “When anybody who has the authority to lock you up or take your life approaches you, the number one thing you have to learn is always remain calm and always speak calm back to the person,” advised Clef, who wore a hoodie in support of Martin. “Once you start to speak loud, the person’s gonna get louder and louder.”
T.I. also called in to share his thoughts on racial profiling, specifically when it comes to rappers. “I don’t think race should ever come into question whenever you’re looking to uphold justice and uphold the law,” said Tip.