Lil Wayne has revealed that he does not see the necessity of the rising ‘Black Lives Matter’ because he believes his success as a black man in America proves that they already do.
Speaking to ‘Nightline’, the entertainer distanced himself from the movement, which was developed to tackle institutional racism and the harm it does to people of colour, before removing his microphone and saying “I ain’t no ******’ politician.”
A worrying scene below…
Lil Wayne says he doesn’t feel connected to Black Lives Matter movement. Watch tonight on Nightline at 12:35am ET. pic.twitter.com/28eBGfpSja
— Nightline (@Nightline) 2 November 2016
So, exactly what does the Black Lives Matter movement stand for?
Its official website shares:
#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.