Wale may take more grief than any other rapper online for his attitude, his penchant for sensitivity, his complaining and many other personality ticks that the Internet just seems to hate. Today though, Wale is taking his time to do something that even the ‘Net can’t hate, since the D.C. native made the short trek to Baltimore to visit youth, spread a message of positivity, and get a hands-on account of the crisis in the city at the moment.
Fox 5 DC caught up with Wale Wednesday morning as he visited Frederick Douglass High School with his friend Rev. Jamal Bryant. The rapper acknowledged that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and he believes in them no matter how they’re being perceived on TV during the tumultuous times in Baltimore.
“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.”
Wale didn’t announce his presence in the city, even though he has begun to spread the message via Twitter in the past few hours. He simply showed up, delivered his message and continued on. While many online wonder why bigger name celebrities aren’t speaking up for a cause, Wale should be commended for doing just that.