A petition started on the White House’s “We the People” website in September is calling for rapper YG’s song, “Meet the Flockers,” to be banned from public media.
Because it has now received the required 100,000 signatures before the Oct. 22 deadline, it must now receive a response from government officials within 60 days.
The petition page reads that, “The song ‘Meet the Flockers’ by YG encourages violence and crimes to a specific ethnic group. As one of this group in North America, I feel seriously offended and threatened. Please ban the song from public media and investigate legal responsibilities of the writer.”
Protesters have also been demonstrating outside YG’s performances to show their grievance with him and his song.
Detractors of the song believe that it incites violence against Chinese-Americans, viewing the lyrics as a step-by-step guide on how to commit a burglary. Included in the song are the lines, “First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.”
The rapper YG, whose real name is Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, told FM Magazine back in 2014 that he wrote the song to share his own experiences of burglary and home invasion, a crime for which he served time in prison.
Though released a couple of years ago in 2014, “Meet the Flockers” has returned to the spotlight in part because of a Chinese-American woman who shot three intruders, one of whom died, in Atlanta last month.