Four years after inciting fury for his controversial comments on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement (click here to revisit that), Lil Wayne is pissing off the group and its supporters once more after weighing in on the death of unarmed Minneapolis Black man George Floyd.
As has dominated headlines all week, Floyd died after an altercation with police when the arresting offer – Derek Chauvin – pinned his knee on the man’s neck for several minutes (as we reported here).
Taking to Instagram Live with fellow rapper Fat Joe recently, Wayne reflected on the incident by saying the hoopla that surrounds it may be misguided.
“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific,” said Wayne. “We have to get so specific and what I mean by that, we have to stop viewing it from such a broad view, meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody of a certain race or everybody with a badge. We have to get into who that person is. If we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.”
From there, his commentary veered way left.
Lil Wayne speaks on the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, he says we should blame ourselves for it
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Later in the interview, Wayne reveals he usually opts out of sharing his opinion on these hot topics because he ponders the value of simply inciting conversations alone.
“The reason people always ask me why you don’t say this, why you don’t do that, what else am I gonna do after that? Some people put a tweet out and they think they did something. Some people wear a shirt, they think they did something,” he said. “I mean, what you gon’ do after that? Did you actually help the person? Did you actually help the family? Did you actually go out and do something? If I ain’t about to do all that, then I ain’t about to do nothing. I pray for them.”
To conclude, he suggested protestors arm themselves with facts before taking to the streets.
“What we need to do, we need to learn about it more. If we want to scream about something, know what we’re screaming about. You wanna protest about something, know what we protesting about. It’s a bunch of facts that we think we know that we don’t know. If we want to get into it, know what we talkin’ about before we talk about it.”
Needless to say, his words didn’t go over well.