Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae has enjoyed widespread success with his gospel music, but a recent tweet might have been a little too “woke” for some of his fans.
Lecrae kicked off the Fourth of July holiday by tweeting, “My Family July 4th 1776,” showing a vintage photo of African-Americans picking cotton.
My family on July 4th 1776. pic.twitter.com/R9DzWkqDWc
— Lecrae (@lecrae) July 4, 2016
Fans immediately reacted, with some expressing disappointment in him. One fan tweeted, “Why doesn’t he post something that gon’ unite the body of Christ instead? This post won’t help none except alienate.”
Another tweeted, “Done supporting you bro. You make everything a race issues lately instead of a gospel issue. You promote guilt instead of love.”
Done supporting you bro. You make everything a race issues lately instead of a gospel issue. You promote guilt instead of love.
— steve (@Hevi_On_Honkers) July 4, 2016
Others immediately took to the star’s defense. “So many white folk who have celebrated @lecrae really do want him to pretend he’s not Black,” tweeted journalist Shaun King.
Many white fans also supported the rapper’s tweet. One wrote, “TY for the reminder that July 4th meant freedom for some, but not all. We must keep fighting until all have equal rights & freedom.”
TY for the reminder that July 4th meant freedom for some, but not all. We must keep fighting until all have equal rights & freedom.
— Melissa Baker (@bakerpartyofsix) July 4, 2016
With six studio albums reaching No. 1 on the charts, Lecrae has a lot of commercial success at stake. But it’s clear that speaking his truth is more important to him than just being loved by the masses. After his Fourth of July tweet went viral, Lecrae tweeted out today:
“Got up this morning still loved, still a child of God, and still woke.”
Got up this morning still loved, still a child of God, and still woke. ??
— Lecrae (@lecrae) July 5, 2016