Better Left Unsaid: Celebs Whose Comments On Racial Injustice Missed The Mark

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Lil Wayne

For those who don’t know, a police officer saved Lil Wayne’s life after he accidentally shot himself at 12-years-old. Because of that single encounter of a White man doing the right thing and saving a child’s life, Lil Wayne said that he doesn’t believe in racism.

In 2016, the year so many Black men and women were murdered unjustly by police officers, Lil Wayne told The Associated Press, “I don’t know what racism is. I know a good nigga named Uncle Bob, though. He was white as snow. Them niggas that hopped over me were blacker than me. [He] stood there and waited until the doctor said, ‘He’s gonna make it.’”

Four years later, Wayne’s stance hasn’t changed much. In fact, now he seems determined to place some blame on Black folks. During an Instagram Live interview with fellow rapper Fat Joe, Wayne said,

“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific, we have to get so 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 of a certain race or everybody with a badge. We have to actually get into who that person is. And if we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing. 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? Did you actually help the person? Did you actually help the family? Did you actually go out there and do something? So, if I ain’t about to do all that, then I ain’t about to do nothing. I’ll pray for ya.”

 

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