I'm an Israelite, don't call me black no more
The word is only a color, it ain't facts no more
The Bible teaches that the Hebrew Israelites are God's chosen people. Lamar's cousin Carl Duckworth, who is mentioned in the song, is a member of Israel United In Christ. They are a New York City-based Messianic Hebrew Israelite group, mainly comprising Black and Native American people, who believe their sufferings are because they are the descendants of Jacob and the lost tribes of Israel.
A voicemail from Carl on the track "FEAR.
," explains why Kendrick is embracing his Israelite heritage:Because he said he's gonna punish us, the so-called Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American Indians, are the true children of Israel. We are the Israelites according to the Bible. The children of Israel, he's gonna punish us for our iniquities.
Lamar told Rolling Stone
that he is rapping from Carl's perspective. "That's always been my thing," he said. "Always listen to people's history and their background. It may not be like mine, it may not be like yours. It was taking his perspective on the world and life as a people and putting it to where people can listen to it and make their own perspective from it, whether you agree or you don't agree. That's what I think music is for. It's a mouthpiece."