As protests and riots rage throughout 20+ cities throughout the United States over the death of George Floyd, many artists and celebrities are offering words of collective action via videos or posts on social media, with some joining the effort on city streets. Lil Wayne, on the other hand, provides another take that bucks the trend.
On Thursday, Tenuchi spoke with musician Fat Joe during an Instagram Live session. The Bronx native asked Lil Wayne about his “unique perspective” on the death of Floyd and the escalation of force on both sides of the issue. Instead of giving the same speech that fans have heard from a variety of other artists over the past week, he said “I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific. And what I mean by that is we have to stop viewing it with such a broad view, meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody or a certain race or everybody with a badge.”
He continued by noting the past instances of short-lived protests didn’t accomplish much: “What else am I gonna do after that? Some people put a tweet out and they think they did something. Some people wear a shirt and they think they did something. What you gonna do after that?” These words align with his 2016 racial tension statements when he claimed that there is “no such thing as racism” because his concert audiences are attended by a lot of white fans. Furthermore, he assured people that the young and upcoming generations are not the ones stoking hate.
Watch the whole conversation between him and Fat Joe below.
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