Rapper Nicki Minaj spoke up about racism and explained why other black artists haven’t been very vocal about the racial injustice currently going on in society. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper Nicki Minaj finally sat down and opened up on a touchy subject that a lot of African-American celebrities, from President Barack Obama to Kanye West, know about on an intimate basis — racism.
The 32-year-old “Anaconda” singer also dished about why a lot of black celebrities aren’t as vocal about it as the public expects them to be.
Minaj, who rose to stardom with her 2010 debut album, “Pink Friday,” is waging an ongoing Twitter war with hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea on the said subject. She revealed how disgusted she is about police violence against black Americans, touching on the Eric Garner chokehold death last July 2014.
"It's sickening, and I've been reading so many people saying, 'Why are we surprised?' That's what's really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals," she told Rolling Stone. "It's gotten to the point where people feel like there's no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it."
She also discussed why black celebrities, whom the rest of the African-American population expect to speak out for them, have remained largely silent on the matter.
"People say, 'Why aren't black celebrities speaking out more?' But look what happened to Kanye [West] when he spoke out. People told him to apologize to [George W.] Bush!" added Minaj.
Minaj made the reference to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina fundraising telethon when rapper West vented his spleen about racism, telling the media that then President George Bush didn’t care about black people.
"He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart," Minaj recalled. The incident resulted, not only in a quieter Kanye West, but a quieter community of black celebrities, as well.
"Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people," MInaj continued, "before you say, 'F–k it, it's not worth it, let me live my life because I'm rich, and why should I give a f–k?'"
Check out this video of another of Nicki Minaj’s causes: her rallying cry against anti-semitism:
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