We know the realities of the rich and famous greatly differ from those of the 99%, but it’s one thing to live in a different world, and quite another to operate in a delusional one. Lil Wayne is clearly in the latter.
The rapper appeared on Fox Sports’ Undisputed yesterday discussing everything from his alleged retirement to race relations in America and, unfortunately, he would’ve been better off saying “no comment” when the conversation turned to the topic of rap and racism. Skip Bayless posed a question to Lil Tunechi sayin “A lot of white kids love rap. Explain that. What does that say to you; what’s the message of it; what’s the bigger picture of it?” According to Wayne, it’s this:
“I don’t want to be bashed, because I don’t want to sound like I’m on the wrong — if there is a side, but I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism. That’s what I thought that was. That was a perfect example.
“When I’m coming out the bottom of the stage at my show … and I open my eyes, and I see everybody, I don’t have this type of crowd or that type of crowd. My crowd has always been everybody, thank God.”
Weezy then went on to say, “I have never dealt with racism, and I’m glad I didn’t have to. I don’t know if it’s because of my blessings … but it is my reality. I thought it was over; I still believe it’s over. But obviously it isn’t.”
Never Wayne? Not once? While I’m aware Wayne has been in the industry since about the age of 13 and that does afford him some privileges most of us will never experience, I find it hard to believe a brown boy from Hollygrove who’s been in and out of the criminal justice system “never” dealt with racism. And I’m even more baffled — or better yet disappointed — that the rapper claims to think/have thought racism was over before now. Where was Weezy F Baby 11 years ago when the majority-black population of New Orleans — his home city — were essentially left dead in the wake and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? While he rapped on his song, “Tie My Hands,” “My whole city under water, some people still floating,” I guess he failed to see the socio-economic implications of that reality and chalked it up as an unfortunate and unpreventable reality of a national disaster, rather than a message that the government truly does not care about poor black folks.
Sad, much like Wayne’s Lebron James-esque response when asked about Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Wayne remarked that he didn’t know enough about the situation to comment on it, but offered, “I respect the man and his decision.”
Too bad Wayne didn’t admit he didn’t know enough about race relations in this country (oddly as a black man) to comment on that subject either. Then maybe we wouldn’t have yet another African American celebrity downplaying the realities of most African Americans in this country to white audiences and giving credence to claims that discrimination isn’t as big of an issue as we make it out to be in this so-called land of the free.