Vic Mensa Writes Op-Ed About Palestine

Frank Ockenfels III
Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa wrote on op-ed published in Time Friday (Jan. 12) discussing his recent trip to Palestine.

The essay, titled “What Palestine Taught Me About American Racism,” made detailed comparisons between the Palestinian struggle and the racism black people face in the United States.  

“For once in my life I didn’t feel like the n—-r. As I sat comfortably at a coffee shop, gawking at a group of Israeli soldiers harassing a Palestinian teenager, it was clear who was the n—-r,” he wrote.

“My American passport, ironically, had awarded me a higher position in the social hierarchy of Jerusalem than it did in my hometown of Chicago. As insensitive as it sounds, it was almost a feeling of relief to be out of oppression’s crosshairs for a moment, albeit a very short one.”

The rapper's recent poignant music video for “We Could Be Free” featured footage of Palestine, and is off his latest album The Autobiography.