L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle drew a mixed reaction from the words he wrote in the caption of a photograph of successful Black men that he posted to Instagram on Monday afternoon (January 8) and he has been fighting to defend his remarks since.

“Demonstration speaks louder than Conversation. They gone feed us every image of our men and boys but this one … No hyper violent…No homo sexual…No abandoners….JUS STRONG BLAC MEN AND YOUNG Men,” the post read. It showed an image of dozens of clean-cut Black men of all ages standing together in blazers and slacks. “RESPECT TO MY BIG HOMIE @bigu1 for Leading with love and intelligence. GOD IS WITH US WHO CAN GO AGAINST US,” he went on to state in the post.

While some found Nipsey’s message to be worthy of praise, others accused the 32-year-old rapper of uplifting heterosexual Black men at the expense of Black men who identify outside of heterosexual norms. Among his most staunchest critics was Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, who echoed the sentiments of those who questioned the merits of equating homosexuality with weakness.

Nipsey would clap back at his critics by standing on the notion that there is an “agenda” being carried out by the mainstream media to feminize Black men while painting a juxtaposed portrait of them as violent. He’d eventually go on to state that he respects the LGBTQ community, but will not backtrack from his position.

“I ain’t gotta be politically correct because I ain’t standing on Nobody else’s platform,” Nipsey tweeted. “I believe in LOVE and acceptance but u ain’t gone piss on my head and tell me it’s raining….NONE. I see Whas going on. Y’all should too.”

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