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TOPIC: Lil Wayne's opinion on Black Lives Matter

Lil Wayne's opinion on Black Lives Matter 06 Nov 2016 17:28 #10824

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Nightline interviewed Hip-Hop icon Lil Wayne, asking him a variety of questions from his personal life, to his music, and his personal beliefs. During the interview, they asked him about his opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement. At first, he was puzzled by the question. He then responded aggressively, by saying he does not feel connected to the movement. He added that he is living proof that America cares about black people, and called the Black Lives Matter movement “dumb sh*t”. In an interview on Fox that occurred before this Nightline interview, he said that he does not believe in racism, because many of his fans are white.
Hearing Lil Wayne say these things was very troubling for me. Personally, I’m a Lil Wayne fan. I grew up listening to his music and the music of artists he helped come up through his record label. It is actually a huge disappointment when you hear some of your favorite people say such extremely controversial things. I don’t believe that Lil Wayne is using any logic or critical thinking when he says that he does not care about Black Lives Matter because he is not connected to it. By that logic, people shouldn’t care about anything if they are not connected to it, which isn’t very emotionally intelligent.
It is weird that Lil Wayne has said these things, because in the past, he has commented on racial injustices in his music and at performances. Just this August a concert, Lil Wayne said “Black Lives Matter” repeatedly in a freestyle. I think that he is either saying that he doesn’t care about black lives matter and that racism doesn’t exist, because he is trying not to mess up any endorsements he might have, or because all the drugs and codeine he has done has fried his brain. People like to say that you should “separate the art from the artists,” but it’s hard for me to do that because I don’t believe that good music means you should ignore the fact that the person who created it is a terrible person. After hearing him say this, I don’t plan to give him any more of my money.
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Lil Wayne's opinion on Black Lives Matter 20 Nov 2016 22:27 #11011

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It does concern me that Lil Wayne speaks like that. It almost seems ignornant. Its like he is forgetting that a lot of American Black communities our not filled with famous rappers. It's almost like he can't identify that he is receiving special treatment and that he may have a different case than others. To completely discredit something with out full knowledge of it is so disrespectful to me.
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Lil Wayne's opinion on Black Lives Matter 20 Nov 2016 23:15 #11020

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This reminds me of O.J Simpson and how he was asked to boycott the Olympics to make a change in racial injustices and rejected to participate in the movement. He felt like he was white, because he specifically was well accepted in the white communities. O.J did grow up in a bad neighborhood with people of color. Once he made it big he left his African American wife for a white woman and forgot all about his roots. I think although we might not be in the same situation that our brothers and sisters are in we should be able to understand, support each other and stand with each other. Celebrities are able to use their status and fame to make a difference its unfortunate that Little Wayne does not feel the same way.
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