By Mary Washington
Controversial rapper Kanye West has inflamed the black community by declaring that he doesn’t believe in racism.
“I don’t think racism really exists,” he said in an interview with Hip Hop Ballerz. “It’s something that exists in the minds of black people, because they have been beat down so much. If there was racism, could I marry a fine bitch like Kim Kardashian? Could Obama become president? Could Will Smith be the no. 1 movie star?”
During a recent San Jose concert, West told black people to stop focusing on racism. At the same concert West courted controversy by saying that he would have supported president-elect Donald Trump, if he had voted. His comment led to boos and fans throwing objects on stage, according to CNN. West has said that he plans to run for president in 2020.
However, West is not the only rapper who has drawn the wrath of the black community. Lil Wayne hit the headlines when he made dismissive comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Rolling Stone.
In an interview with ABC’s Nightline he said, “It’s (BLM) somebody got shot by a policeman for a fucked up reason … I am a young, black, rich motherf**cker. If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherf**ckers matter these days, I don’t know what it is. Don’t come at me with that dumb s**t, ma’am. My life matter, especially to my bitches.”
Lil Wayne later apologized for his comments.