The family of the late Emmett Till, who was murdered at the age of 14 after allegedly flirting with a white woman in 1955, quickly expressed their disdain with Lil Wayne’s remix of the song with rapper, Future, called “Karate Chop (Remix).” The record has one specific lyric that caused the family to pause after hearing the Young Money artist disgracefully state, he “Beat that p**sy up like Emmett Till.”
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, the founding director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and cousin of Emmett Till, spoke on behalf of the family. She referred to Lil Wayne’s debasement of Emmett Till as being both “dishonorable” and “offensive.” According to Gordon-Taylor, “To compare his murder and how beaten and how bullied, beatened, and tortured he was to the anatomy of a woman was really very disrespectful.” Taylor further opined, “We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture. It was offensive not only to us, but to our ancestors and to women and to themselves as young, black men. I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to the brutality and punishment of death. And I feel as though they have no pride and no dignity as black men.”
Not only is the Till family concerned with preserving the memory, sacrifice and legacy of Emmet Till, but they are even more concerned with the message this image sends to young folk immersed in Lil Wayne’s music. Gordon-Taylor further stated that the Till family was very offended and hurt to see how Till’s name is used in such an egregious way.