Blood Orange Just Nailed Our Racial Justice Problem

July 1st 2015

Laura Donovan

Several major players in the rap community have noted the ongoing unjust treatment of the Black community in the U.S. Following the devastating shooting at the historically Black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Michael Render of Run the Jewels described the tragedy as an "act of terror," and Blood Orange musician Dev Hynes just echoed a similar sentiment in a Facebook post about America's treatment of Black people.

America is in the middle of an act of terrorism right now, and black people are being attacked and killed every day....

Posted by Blood Orange on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hynes alluded to the South Carolina massacre towards the end of the statement by suggesting "horrific acts" by white men are often attributed to mental illness as opposed to pure racist hatred.

"It is an incredible sadness & heaviness. Being told that we do not matter on and on and on day to day to day," he wrote. "America likes to act like a super human yet continues to blame human error for these horrific acts. I don't know what to do anymore."

The singer then posted a link to his song "Do You See My Skin Through The Flames?", telling Facebook fans, "I have some things going on inside my mind, here's some new music [I]'ve made to try and describe it."

Following the Charleston church attack two weeks ago, Hynes published a series of heartbreaking tweets:

At last year's Lollapalooza, Hynes and his girlfriend Samantha Urbani were assaulted by security guards following his set, which entailed the singer giving a speech on police brutality and racism. At the time of the attack, Hynes was wearing a shirt with the names of victims of police brutality such as Eric Garner.

Immediately following the attack, Hynes posted these messages to Twitter:

At a later show in Central Park, Hynes performed in crutches and a knee brace as a result of the incident.

"It's starting to fucking hurt because I just want to dance," he told the audience. "I hate fucking abuse of power. And I hate this fucking police state that we're all starting to live in. I don't mean New York and I don't mean America, I mean the fucking world right now."

Speaking to OkayPlayer last year, Hynes talked about the Ferguson tragedy and police brutality at large.

"To me, it feels like I've been getting poked all my life," he said. "This irritating jab that keeps ... and people are just getting tired. It feels like you associate time with learning. I think in our culture it's a real shock that that doesn't add up in everything. Just because the Civil Rights Act was like 50 years ago, doesn't mean that we're 50 times past it."