Taika Waititi brutally criticised for 'policing' black people's anger as riots continue across US

Film director Taika Waititi is under fire for "policing" the anger of black people in America after he shared a video of rapper Killer Mike urging protesters not to "burn their house down".

Protests and riots have broken out across the US following the death of black man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder on Friday but the protests have gathered momentum in recent days.

Protesters are setting fires and looting businesses in response to the systematic racism in America which enables white officers to kill black people in broad daylight.

On Sunday Waititi reposted the eight minute long video of Killer Mike on Twitter with the caption "Watch the whole thing. Eloquent. Clear. Everyone is angry but there is a way to direct that anger."

The video shows Killer Mike calling for systematic racism to be burned down "not targets".

"It's your duty to not burn your house down for anger. It's your duty to fortify your own house, so that may be a house of refuge."

Commenters have lashed out at Waititi, telling him he does not get to decide how black people should show their anger.

"You're not going to sit here and police my anger and my community's anger. You are not one of us. Don't you dare tell us how to respond," wrote one man.

"You are not black and you do not get to decide how or when black people should express and direct our pain and anger," wrote another woman.

While some people expressed solidarity with Waititi saying his work against racism in New Zealand means his message is being misconstrued, the vast majority of the replies have the same message.

"Taika, this tweet extremely sucks."

Waititi has not yet responded to the criticism.