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Rapper Trina is facing criticism online for calling protesters ‘animals’ who ‘escaped from a zoo’

"Keep everybody off the streets, these animals off the streets ...acting like they escaped from a zoo. Lock them up at 5 p.m., so the streets can be nice and clean." 

Miami-based rapper, Trina, is facing heat online for her comments criticizing protests over police brutality.

What We Know:

  • Trina spoke on her radio show with rapper Trick Daddy on Monday morning about the nationwide protests that were sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. Focusing on the protests in Miami, Trina said that she wants the city to enforce a stricter curfew, which many cities across the US have adopted amid the protests.
  • “They need to make the curfew at 6 pm to 6 am, that’s how I feel,” she said. The curfew for Miami-Dade county is currently in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. “Keep everybody off the streets, these animals off the streets … acting like they escaped from a zoo. Lock them up at 5 p.m., so the streets can be nice and clean.”
  • Protests in Miami, like in many cities across the US, have been largely peaceful, interspersed by violence and looting in certain periods.
  • Trick Daddy, who co-hosts the “Trick N’ Trina Morning Show” with Trina on weekdays, questioned her views by alluding to the deaths of Black men by police, and asked what the appearance of post-protests streets have to do “with people’s lives”. Trina said she’s “not talking about people’s lives”.
  • Trick said that she shouldn’t “compare” looters and rioters who are out in the streets “for the wrong reasons,” because that’s a “handful” a people that isn’t representative of most of the peaceful protesters. “It’s only a handful of them. The rest of us are tired of it, when the police get behind you, and the red and blue lights come on, you’re not supposed to be scared,” he said. Trina said that she’s “not scared” of the police because she has her license and registration.

Multiple research groups have found that Black Americans are pulled over at higher rates than white people. “In nearly every jurisdiction we find stopped black and Hispanic drivers are searched more often than white drivers,” the Stanford Open Policing Project reported. Furthermore, unarmed Black people were killed at five times the rate of unarmed white people in the US in 2015, according to the organization Mapping Police Violence.

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Jakiyah Haywood is an Digital Intern at UnmutedCo.

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