RZA Suggests Black Youth's Image 'Could Invoke A Fear' In Police Officers
RZA deposited a few cents on politics and police brutality for his full sit-down with Bloomberg TV. After saying his piece on the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album owner Martin Shkreli, the rap multi-hyphenate stirred some e-controversy following his comments on the Black Lives Matter movement and suggesting that black youth should "clean up, look like a young man" to possibly prevent provoking officers.
“Of course black lives matter,” said RZA, who also released the 2014 track "A Better Tomorrow" in response to police shootings. “All lives matter. I stopped eating meat because their lives matter to me. I don’t think it’s necessary for us to grow a cow to kill it."
He later suggests how the image black youth portrays could "invoke a fear" in cops.
"When you think about some of the brothers who are being brutalized by the police, you also got to have them take a look, and us take a look, in the mirror, at the image we portray," he said. "If I’m a cop and every time I see a young black youth, whether I watch them on TV, movies, or just see them hanging out, and they’re not looking properly dressed, properly refined, you know, carrying himself, conducting himself proper hours of the day -- things that a man does, you’re going to have a certain fear and stereotype of them."
RZA continued, "I tell my sons, I say, if you’re going somewhere, you don’t have to wear a hoodie -- we live in New York, so a hoodie and all that is all good. But sometimes, you know, button up your shirt. Clean up. Look like a young man. You’re not a little kid, you know what I mean? I think that’s another big issue we gotta pay attention to. Is the image that we portray that could invoke a fear into a white officer, or any officer."
See the Internet's mixed reactions to his statements below and watch the full interview here.
I'm still mad about RZA saying that white cops can justifiably be scared of us if we're not "propuhly dwessed and propuhly wefined".— Tipsy Russell (@Michael_Aaron) January 8, 2016
Congratulations RZA, you just played yourself (DJ Khaled voice)— CPA_n_chill (@its_MoIst203) January 8, 2016
Aye yall got to leave RZA alone, RZA is always right, even when he's wrong lol. #WutangForever— YeboNitsu (@Jcsbeatpage) January 8, 2016
Ah shit, RZA def getting heat for saying all that...#wutangforever though.— afrisian (@sonywuzhere) January 8, 2016