The rapper told Billboard magazine that in order to spur change, the Black community must first respect ourselves.
Kendrick Lamar's thoughts on Ferguson have sparked their own outrage. In a Billboard cover story the rapper touched on the hot topic of police brutality and how we, as a nation, can ignite some much-needed change. And that's where the trouble started.
He prefaced his statement by saying that Michael Brown should never have been killed, but he went on to say "but when we don't have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don't start with just a rally, don't start from looting—it starts from within."
Cue the angry Twitterverse.
Many felt that his comments gave the predominately White publication the wrong impression, suggesting to readers that there is a lack of self-respect in the Black community, and that that is the first thing to address in this fight for justice.
The outspoken Azealia Banks went on a Twitter rant, calling Lamar's comments the "dumbest s--t I've ever heard a Black man say."
Others shared her sentiments:
What do you think? Did Kendrick's comments send the wrong impression?