Nigerian-American rapper Wale is lending his support to the people of Baltimore, Maryland where racially charged violent riots are currently going on due to the April 19 death of a 25 year old African-American man, Freddie Gray in police custody. Six police officers have been suspended in connection to his death.

Yesterday he spoke to students of Fredrick Douglas High School following the riots in Baltimore.

Wale, born to Nigerian parents grew up in Baltimore, so he feels a connection to the riots in Baltimore. To show his support he visited the city and offered some guidance to High School students.

The rapper also joined the students on a march to city hall. 

In his speech he spoke against the media’s portrayal of black protesters as “thugs”. He said 

These are the young leaders of tomorrow. They have to look in the mirror and see something better than what they’re being perceived as on TV. Even if it’s gonna take me, or whoever, to come down here and talk to them and give them some energy and let ‘em know that that’s not how I see them, that’s not how we see them, that’s not how the good people of Washington D.C. see them.

There is also a large community of Nigerians living in Baltimore, where right now a state of emergency has been put in place until further notice.

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