I’m not sure when ignorance in the midst of a cultural genocide became cool, but if there’s a face for that movement, right now Travis Scott would be it. The rapper who’s recently been linked to Rihanna (which, given her most recent comments about Rachel Dolezal might explain some of his ignorance), sat down for an in-depth interview with Clique TV and made a baffling remark about the tragic killing of Mike Brown.
Asked how he feels about the unrest that’s plagued Ferguson, MO, since Brown’s murder in August 2014, Scott said:
“I don’t really get too involved in the whole political sh-t, that sh-t is like all too weird to me…It’s like the second Saturday, are motherf-ckers still in Ferguson? I don’t think so but I’m pretty sure n-ggas’ lot[s] are still burnt the f-ck down and n-ggas’ cribs are like f-cked up now…Now a neighborhood that was probably like once good is now a ghetto.”
I know. An out of touch rapper who doesn’t care about his people — big surprise, right? Sadly, no. But what is surprising, or downright sad, is the casual attitude these men who want to represent their streets have toward those actual hoods.
No one asked Scott to get involved in politics, they asked him to speak on a social issue that’s plaguing people who look exactly like him because, on any given day, he could very well be a victim of the political sh-t that’s too weird for him to come up with an intelligent response to address. This, funny enough, from a man who has a song called Drugs You Should Try It. But people in Ferguson are crazy for tearing down their neighborhoods?
Perhaps because Scott had a unique background, from a rapper’s perspective at least, considering he grew up in the suburbs of Houston with a mother who worked for Apple and a dad who owned his own business, he doesn’t understand the emotion and frustration that underlined the Ferguson riots. But I didn’t grow up in the hood either and I got it. I still get it. Sure, rioting may not have been the best or most effective course of action, but the outcome of those actions pales in comparison to the killing of innocent black men. You mean to tell me Scott has absolutely no thoughts on that?
I’m not one for hiding our community’s mess like we don’t have issues, but I am tired of seeing black men (outside of Jessie Williams) who, every time they’re given a platform to speak out about the injustices we endure, turn the lens on us. Why are we talking about white officers killing black men when no one cares about black on black violence? Why are people in Ferguson still rioting and protesting? Why are y’all still using the n-word?
Are any of these actions at the root of the issue we’re facing right now? No.
And rappers, please stop professing to be voices of the hood when, in the times your hood needs your support most, you’re condemning them, or worse, nowhere to be found. In this day and age it’s nothing short of foolish to not get involved in politics. No one says you have to run for office, but you do need to exercise your right to vote, know where candidates lie on key issues, and understand how policies you think are irrelevant to your day-to-day life actually impact you greatly. Not getting involved in politics because it’s “weird” is like signing your life over to the government and letting them decide to do with you what they please. And we can all guess how well that’s going to work out for a young black man in America.
Image Credits: Clique TV/Travis Scott