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Emmett Till’s Family Doesn’t Accept Lil Wayne’s Apology

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Rapper Lil Wayne watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Rapper Lil Wayne watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Just hours after Weezy issued a letter, which acknowledged the hurt done to Emmett Till’s family due to an offensive lyric he delivered, a rep for the family said they didn’t view the gesture as a formal apology.

“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned,” Airicka Gordon-Taylor, a Till family representative told TMZ Wednesday.

Just as Rick Ross lost his endorsement with Reebok due to his “rape” lyrics, Lil Wayne was under pressure and could have lost his endorsement with Mountain Dew due to his offensive lyrics in reference to Till.

Check out his apology (Did he write this…??)
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Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.

Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.

I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

Best,

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

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What do you think of his apology: Better late than never? Or too little too late?

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