Lil Wayne on George Floyd: We should blame ‘ourselves’ for ‘not doing more’
The rapper wants people to stop placing blame on all police officers and one specific race in fighting police brutality
Celebrities are speaking out on the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police earlier this week.
While most public figures have condemned the killing of the 46-year-old Black man, Lil Wayne shared an alternative point of view on the issue, seeking to place more onus on the Black community to do more.
In an Instagram Live session with fellow recording artist Fat Joe Thursday, Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was asked for his “unique perspective” on the incident and the ensuing protests. The “Mrs. Officer” rapper answered by saying Black folk are misguided.
“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific,” Wayne said. “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.”
“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,” he added.
Joe also asked the Grammy-winning artist about his oft-silent stance when similar unjustified killings occur.
“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?” Wayne replied.
“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,” he said.
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