Jay-Z said he was ‘disappointed and hurt’ by President Trump’s ‘s***hole countries’ comments – but not surprised.
‘Everyone feels anger but after the anger it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,’ the hip-hop legend told CNN‘s Van Jones Saturday evening.
‘But on the other side, this has been going on. This is how people go on, this has been going on behind closed doors.’
He said that the comments just show the underlying problem of racism that exists in America – and how, even though it’s widely condemned, it’s still active behind closed doors.
Jay-Z said that the way we treat it is like ‘spraying perfume on a trash can and creating a superbug.’
That superbug, he said, is Donald Trump.
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As an example he spoke about the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling, who was outed as a racist on a private phone conversation in 2014.
‘They took the team from him, and OK that’s one way to do it,’ he explained.
‘But another way to do it is let him have his team and then let’s talk about it together… Maybe some penalties.
‘Because once you do that, all the other closet racists run back in the hole. You haven’t fixed anything. What you’ve done is spray perfume on the trash can.’
He explained that more spray attracts more bugs – as you aren’t actually dealing with the trash itself. The trash in this analogy is racism.
‘You don’t take the trash out. You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable and as those things grow, you create a superbug.
‘And now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.’
He then backtracked for a moment to explain that Trump is a human being too, saying that Trump expresses himself in the way he does because of something that happened to him during his past.
And when Jay-Z, whose family frequently visited the Obama White House, was asked if he would be visiting the Trump White House, the rapper chuckled.
‘We won’t be invited, first of all,’ he said.
Jay-Z then addressed Trump’s remarks that he’s putting more money in African Americans’ pockets, and his claims that he’s lowered the African American unemployment rate more than ever before.
He said that even if that’s true, it doesn’t matter, because it’s ‘not about money at the end of the day.’
‘Money doesn’t equate to happiness,’ he explained.
‘That’s missing the point. Treat people like human beings. If we’re going back to “you treat me really bad but pay me well,” that’s not going to lead to happiness, it’s going to lead to, like, the same thing.
‘Everyone’s going to be sick.’
He said he thinks the government ‘forgets it’s real people behind these decisions that they’re making.’
Jay-Z said that if the government keeps ignoring the pain of real people, they’re going to act out.
‘That opens the door to what we’re seeing now,’ he said. ‘Now, politics has become about votes and not about people.’
The rapper also briefly mentioned the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements when speaking about his daughters.
‘Everything happens for a reason, everything is a learning experience. This had to happen to purge itself,’ he said.
He said that humans will seek power if they go unchecked, so this kind of movement has to happen in order to flip the script.
‘This movement, and everything that’s going on, and what we’re finding, it’s like everything else, it’s like racism, it existed the whole time,’ he explained.
‘It’s almost like we’ve normalized it. The normalization of the things we have to do to survive. It’s been going on, and I’m looking forward to it being uncovered for the world to correct itself. It’s what has to happen.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Abigail Miller