Jay Z claims to be so bothered by George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict that he “didn’t sleep for two days” — yet the rapper is far from joining his fellow artists’ boycott on Florida.
While the likes of Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Usher and Rod Stewart are boycotting Florida until it repeals Stand Your Ground — Jigga and Justin Timberlake are getting ready to head to Florida to perform in Miami’s “Legends of Summer” concert.
Now, it appears Jigga is playing both sides of the fence for the Benjamin’s. Know why? ‘Cause dude isn’t only is saying “a professional law enforcement officer is taught not to profile” … he’s also says “this generation, they don’t see color in that way.”
Here’s what Jay Z told journalist Elliot Wilson:
“I was really angry. I didn’t sleep for two days. I was really angry about it. We all knew that there was still a bit of racism in America, but for it to be so blatant. If you just ask the question, ask yourself the question: Didn’t Trayvon have the right to stand his ground? He was being chased. He was being chased and fought back. You know, he may have won, that doesn’t mean he’s a criminal; he won. If you try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong?
How is that right? This guy went to get some Skittles and go back and watch the All-Star game. He had plans … he had no intention of robbing anyone’s home. We all know it was wrong. It was wrong. This guy’s not a professional. You’re not a professional to profile someone. A professional law enforcement officer is taught not to profile. This guy’s a novice. This guy’s a fucking mall cop. It’s a reminder of we still got a long way to go. It’s beautiful because this generation right now, this generation, they don’t see color in that way. We’re a bit removed from those racist feelings because, again, it’s hard to teach racism when your child is out at clubs. It’s integrated and the music we listen to is the same. All our feelings and our anxieties and all those things are more similar now. We have hope that this generation don’t see racism that way. You still see that the old guard, that whole thing I’m fighting against. That old guard and their old ideas and their stubborn ways and all their ego and all their bullshit — it’s just still there. It still exists and you just hate to believe that.”
Is Jay Z selling out over greed, while failing to use his position to Fight The Power? Of course. Don’t believe me … Just ask Dahveed Nelson.
not surprised he said this. not one bit. I actually expected it. he's under some delusional impression that because a bunch of white kids listen to his music, and because music is now "integrated," that that suddenly now means that they're not racists or don't ~think like racists. #bye