3 College Students Stand In Support After The Orlando Shooting

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After the shooting in Orlando where 50 people were killed in a packed nightclub early Sunday, three young black college students walked toward a group of police officers on Monday around noon. They stopped and began rapping. The three, who are straight and members of a rap group called the College Bums, later explained that they wanted to do something to show their support and solidarity with the victims.

“Straight, gay, it doesn’t matter — at the end of the day, you breathe like I breathe, you bleed like I bleed,” said one of the young men who goes by the name Nile First Class. “If I cut you right now and I cut myself, we’re both going to bleed red, not blue, black or green.”

A Baltimore native, he called on people everywhere to stand up and reject violence. The three aspiring rappers are students at Full Sail University in nearby Winter Park. They decided to spread love and support and not hate, through their music.

“Where I’m from, things like this happen all the time,” he said. “And the thing we’re touching on is bringing awareness to people to let them know it’s time to revolt. We can’t stand still and let things go on. People only do what you allow them to do. The more we allow things to happen, it will only continue to happen.”

“We heard about the incident and we’re artists, rappers, what we do is make music to lift people,” said J. Norm. “An incident like this, instead of giving a negative response that the enemy wants, we wrote a song to bring people together.”

The song is called “It Can Happen” and will be available on SoundCloud at J. Norm Music starting Monday night.

“We need to come together as a city and unite to overcome this tragedy,” said the group’s third member, known as J.R.

~https://www.washingtonblade.com

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