According to Vic Mensa’s Instagram, the Bud Biliken parade, which happened in Chicago yesterday, is the “largest black parade in America.” At this year’s procession Mr. Mensa was the Grand Marshall of the parade, which celebrates kids returning to school. Unfortunately the Chicago PD had to spoil the fun by trying to arrest Vic Mensa as he led the parade on his motorcycle. According to Vic Mensa’s Instagram post, “Chicago Police Department threatened to arrest me & tow my bike because I had a group of activists carrying a CONVICT JASON VAN DYKE banner.”
Jason Van Dyke is a Chicago police officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald in 2014. Video of the incident, recorded on Van Dyke’s dash-cam and a Burger King surveillance camera, prompted multiple large protests when it was released. Vic Mensa, however, is a-ok. He was eventually left to continue the parade and hold a backpack giveaway.
Vic revised his angle in another post, not long after the first, where he shifted the focus from the police hassle onto the 1000 backpack giveaway, this being a school year inauguration parade. He says, in the caption, that “we do this so we can teach the next gen to be more equipped to dig themselves out of this hole they put us in & live with love power and self respect 💯”