Washington D.C. rapper Wale

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Any time the tension between the races is too thick, we look to celebrities to be a voice that the masses can truly hear. Wale did just that when he visited a Baltimore high school this morning.

Following the uprising and protests of the city’s citizens, The Gifted rapper, who is no stranger to being misunderstood and judged, went to Frederick Douglass High School with the Rev. Jamal Bryant to hear how the students are really feeling about what’s happening in their hometown. Since Wale is a DC native, he took it as his responsibility to reach out. “I’m y’all neighbor,” he said. “I hurt like y’all hurt. I see what’s going on.”

“I’ve been harassed by the police, and even in my state now, I’m a millionaire [and] they harass me regardless,” Wale said. “I was in detention center from sixth grade to twelfth grade. I’ve seen [the police] abuse power.”

From 93.9 WKYS:

“Regardless of what’s happened out here, these are the young leaders of tomorrow and they have to look in the mirror and see something better than what they’re being perceived as on TV,” Wale said. “We need each other. We need our community leaders to come step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them. I believe in them, Jamal believes in them and there’s a lot of people in this community that believe in these kids.”

Rev. Bryant said Wale traveled from New York to speak to students because he was upset that some people in the city were being labeled as thugs and hoodlums.

Watch the entire video below.

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