Really, Weezy. No such thing as racism?
Well, apparently, to this little minded rapper, the only reality in existence to him is at his rap shows. Where the majority of the fans are white and the music is wack. Which is ‘clearly a message that there is no such thing as racism.’ Let Lil Wayne tell it.
This African American rap star goes on YouTube in an interview with Undisputed and says ‘I’ve been nothing but blessed. I have never dealt with racism.’ But, wait. Remember LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling? Busted on tape talking reckless and racist. Lil Wayne was one of the celebrities, or artists, who spoke out against that. I think I remember Lil Wayne saying ‘If I was a Clipper fan, I wouldn’t be one anymore.’ Why you say that, Weezy? Was it something racist that got under your skin? Or was it the simple fact that you are nothing but a Flip Flop artist? Whichever side gets you the most press, you flip to.
Please. Don’t be fooled by this celebrity coonerism. Whatever his ulterior motive is, don’t let him fool ya. Oh no. Maybe Weezy thinks because he has had money all of his young adult, and adult life. Maybe because he hasn’t had to worry about the blatant harassment by police for the simple fact of his skin color being darker than the average brother. Maybe even because of the fact that he is a celebrity and coonery is his choice of cologne, he is not affected by real world issues like the average person, you and me.
Lil Wayne has been a celebrity since the tender age of 14.
He doesn’t frequent the same clubs you and I do. He doesn’t deal with having been turned down at job interview after job interview. He just doesn’t. He’s got a job. Matter of fact, he has a business, and he has had that business for the better part of his life. So, Lil Wayne doesn’t experience or view the world as most Americans do. Black or white.
Am I bitter because he has these things and not me? No. Am I salty because I get harassed and he doesn’t? Not at all. I am, however, disgusted at the fact that he chooses to use his celebrity voice and echo it across the airwaves and drop his awful, ignorant opinions on the impressionable minds of our young black youth who look up to him. Whether he has experienced it or not. Racism still exists, Weezy. And I don’t want my sons or any other young adults out there running around acting like it doesn’t exist, when it does.
Experience is the best teacher.
But, if I can teach the youth about racism and help them avoid the ugly experience of it, I will. I will not teach them to avoid the reality of racism by teaching them to ignore it. I will teach them of the racism. Of the racism and how to spot it. How to respond to it and how to disarm it. By teaching them the existence of it and how to recognize it. They will develop a familiarity with it so that when first confronted with racism, it won’t seem so shocking. I refuse to raise my sons in the dark.
What I don’t want happening is situations like Charlamagne from The Breakfast Club. This dude co-signs Lil Wayne’s ignorance by saying he has never experienced racism either. ‘Not overtly’ was his choice of coonerism. Not overtly? So, because it was done behind your back, Charlamagne, it didn’t happen? It doesn’t exist because it was covertly? He and Lil Wayne both need to read my last piece and ‘Just Shut Up!’
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Source: 30dB.com – Lil Wayne and Racism
“Lil Wayne not may be feeling social on this one. Social media is 71% negative on Lil Wayne and his pronouncement on racism. Racism is very real in social where it’s a high volume topic that comes in strongly negative with Donald Trump scoring high up in the related mentions for the subject.” – Howard K. 30dB