Chrisette Michele Says Blacks Shouldn't March And Boycott, But Be 'Civilized'

Entertainment | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/13/2016 | 02:45 PM EDT

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Grammy-winning singer pens lengthy statement calling on Black community to think beyond methods that were 'the answer 60 years ago'

Chrisette Michele lended her voice to the national conversation about police shootings and racial discrimination in America. 

Over the past week, there have been calls to boycott big companies and support Black-owned businesses. Michele took to social media to share her thoughts on boycotting and marching, calling the political methods ineffective. 

"I don't believe that a boycott is the answer. It was the answer 60 years ago. I don't believe that marches are the answer. They were the answer 60 years ago," the Grammy-winning singer wrote. 

She continued:
 

Not when you have clothing label owners like Nicki Minaj, leading the way at chains like K-Mart. Not when you've got hair product owners like Courtney Adelye leading the way at stores like Sally's. Not when you have record label owners like myself and Janelle Mone selling music at stores like Target. 

Black men like Rick Ross owning Wing Stops, black men like Kasim Reed as mayor of Atlanta. Not when we finally have a black president. This is what they faught for 60 years ago. Now is not the time to destroy it.
 

I'm. No #PoliticalGenius Respectfully, I don't believe that a boycott is the answer. It was the answer 60 years ago. I don't believe that marches are the answer. They were the answer 60 years ago. Not when you have clothing label owners like Nicki Minaj, leading the way at chains like K-Mart. Not when you've got hair product owners like Courtney Adelye leading the way at stores like Sally's. Not when you have record label owners like myself and Janelle Mone selling music at stores like Target. Black men like Rick Ross owning Wing Stops, black men like Kasim Reed as mayor of Atlanta. Not when we finally have a black president. This is what they faught for 60 years ago. Now is not the time to destroy it. Now is the time to achieve. Now is the time to send black boys to college. Now is the time to get good grades and become the lawyers that our uncles couldn't, become the Mayor that our fathers couldn't, own the stores that we couldn't walk into. It's the time to be the greatest and most civilized we have ever been. Now is the time to attend City Hall meetings. Now is the time to vote and change laws. Now is the time to write letters to the politicians, and government. If you want to see change, speak with educated voices that we couldn't afford before. We couldn't even attend their schools. Now we receive scholarships to them. We couldn't play their sports. Now we are the first ones drafted. We couldn't walk into their venues. Now we are selling them out. Action is voting. Action is education. Action is the well spoken. It is not chaos. It is not killing. It is not anger. Action is greatness. Arise and be the greatest. That is how we must speak. Respectfully, Chrisette Michele, a law abiding citizen with the power to vote

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Michele, 33, called on Blacks to "achieve" and "send Black boys to college."

"It's the time to be the greatest and most civilized we have ever been," she added. "Now is the time to attend City Hall meetings. Now is the time to vote and change laws. Now is the time to write letters to the politicians, and government."

Of course, Michele's statement was not without eye rolls and harsh criticisms.

"@chrisettemichele this is like career suicide. I guess you don't want your bottom line to be affected. why not just say that? you know [there] are plenty of educated blacks in this country but how can we fight this good ole boy system?" wrote one commenter, "voting and marching don't work when you have the power. oh but we do have some power, the almighty dollar! It's reckless of you to make public statements that don't support that BLM movement. I won't be buying any of your music, concert tickets, waist trainers or whatever you sell. bye girl."

Do you agree with Chrisette Michele's statements? Let us know in the comments section below!
 

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