Rapper and business mogul Jay-Z appeared on CNN in an interview with Van Jones and didn’t hold back in his criticism of President Donald Trump. Jay-Z, a big supporter of former President of Barack Obama, was bothered, he said by Trump’s reported ‘s**thole comments. Trump has denied making the comments.
Van Jones started the discussion of the topic saying that Trump called every African country a ‘s**hole’ country. That isn’t true, even if he had said it since the discussion apparently pertained to countries that had temporary protected status.
But Jay-Z responded.
From Daily Caller:
“It really is hurtful, more so, like everyone feels anger–but after the anger is really hurtful, because he’s like looking down on a whole population of people. And you’re so misinformed, because these places have beautiful people and have beautiful everything. And it’s just like, this is the leader of the free world speaking like this.”
But he went on to say that he was not surprised because “this has been going on” with people making racist comments behind closed doors, like Donald Sterling, who “had his team taken away from him.”
Relevant part at 6:55.
But he said that hadn’t really fixed anything.
What you’ve done is spray perfume on a trash can. What you do when you do that is you know the bugs come and you spray some thing and then they come and you create a super bug. Right? Because you don’t take care of the problem.”
“You don’t take the trash out. You just keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. And then you know, as those things grow, you create a super bug. Now we have Donald Trump, the super bug. I’m being funny, I mean, I say that, too, but somewhere along his lineage, something happened to him, something happened to him and he’s in pain, and he’s like expressing it in this sort of way.”
So let’s break that down.
Number one, if Trump was referring to those countries by that term, he wasn’t referring to the people but the governments and economics that have left their countries in that condition. That’s hardly a racist attack on the people. An important distinction. And while some leaders were perturbed by the reported comments, the Ugandan leader actually praised his comments for honesty and the Rwandan leader said he loved Trump.
“Somewhere along in his lineage.” Was he becoming a racist for the 30 years that he was considered a white ‘ally’ by people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Yes, strange to say now, but Google their names and you can see years of pictures of them at various events. Was Trump being a racist when he was helping to promote black athletes, some of whom are still his friends and defenders today, like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
And it’s just a little hurtful, Jay-Z, when you contribute 1.5 million to a cop-hating anarchist group like Black Lives Matter and other groups that attack the fabric of society.
How about when your own lyrics use offensive language an appear to objectify women and celebrate you as a ‘pimp?’
*Warning for graphic language*
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]