During VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors: The ’90s Game Changers on Sunday night, singer Pharrell Williams hijacked the mic to go on a racially-charged tirade concerning "white nationalists" and Trump's proposed Southern border wall. The singer went as far as to draw parallels between WWII Nazis' agenda and modern times in the United States.
“For everybody at home watching this and acting like y’all don’t see what’s going on out there, you gotta open your eyes,” started Pharrell. "And if you look like I look, then you know how we got here. But we're here and we're not leaving. So what are we gonna do?"
The performer continued decrying alleged rampant racism within the United States, specifically toward the black, Jewish and Hispanic communities, and making reference to WWII Nazis:
And for everybody else in this country, the human condition is important. Don’t think just because they’re coming at the African-Americans and they’re coming at the Jewish community and they’re coming at the Hispanics that it can’t be you, too, just because you look like them — they’re using you. You should understand that they can change their minds and it might not be about black, white, big, skinny, or small, it might be about facial features, it might be about hair color. Don't act like they didn't do that before.
"They keep talking about a wall," he went on, referencing Trump's proposed Southern border wall. "But the enemy is this divisive mentality. It’s on this side of the wall."
"The white nationalists are walking toward your future," he stated. "What you gonna do?”
"I'm African-American," said Pharrell, wrapping up his remarks. "African means that's what's in me; American means that's where I am right now. So if this is where I am and this is America, it's with liberty and justice for all."