On Tuesday, a much-needed message of racial harmony came from an unlikely source: iconic rapper Lil Wayne.
Appearing on Fox Sports’ “Undisputed,” the rapper was pressed about the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick’s protest-sit and general race relations in America by Skip Bayless and former NFL star Shannon Sharpe. Wayne gave some epic responses, to the shock of Bayless and the displeasure of Sharpe.
The rapper simply said that he has “no opinion” on the 49ers’ protest-sit. And to the seeming offense of Sharpe, the rapper originally from New Orleans said that he has “never” experienced racism; he also pointed to the racial mixture of his fans and audiences at his shows as evidence that racism is “over” in America. The rapper also praised a white officer who picked him up off the floor and saved his life when the musician accidently shot himself years ago.
“It’s the man’s decision,” Wayne said of Kaepernick’s much ballyhooed protest. “I’m not into it enough to even give an opinion. So when he did it, someone had to tell me why he was doing it, that’s how much I didn’t know what was going on. And I kind of still don’t.”
Bayless asked, “Where are we in the United States of America, in race relations, in what you see from day-to-day in your life?”
“Skip, they wouldn’t want you to ask me that,” answered Wayne. “I have never dealt with racism, and I’m glad I didn’t have to. I don’t know if it’s because of my blessings… but it is my reality,” he said. “I thought it was over; I still believe it’s over. But obviously it isn’t.”
“So you have never experienced any offensive behavior from any other color..?” asked a stunned Bayless.
“No, sir,” replied the rapper.
“Wow, you are blessed,” Bayless answered.
Sharpe, also stunned, pressed Wayne about racist America, mentioning Alton Sterling, a black man killed in a police shooting which is still being investigated for wrongdoing.
Wayne’s response: “We all want someone to figure out what’s going on first, and then put a stop to it—or try to put a stop to it—everybody come together and figure something out, and maybe, just coming together is the solution,” he said.
The rapper also spoke about his fans as evidence of the lack of racism in America.
“A lot of white kids love rap, explain that,” said Bayless. “What does that say to you; what’s the message of it; what’s the bigger picture of it?”
“I don’t want to be bashed, because I don’t want to sound like I’m on the wrong — if there is a side, but I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism,” replied Wayne. “That’s what I thought that was. That was a perfect example.”
“When I’m coming out the bottom of the stage at my show…and I open my eyes, and I see everybody,” he continued, “I don’t have this type of crowd or that type of crowd. My crowd has always been everybody, thank God.”
Asked about the millennial generation and racism by Sharpe, Wayne answered: “[Racism] is not cool to them…it’s so not cool, it doesn’t even matter to them.”
The NFL legend, now visibly annoyed, told Wayne to “check my timeline” if he thinks racism doesn’t exist.
Wayne, unfazed by Sharpe’s passive aggressive intonation, told a story about a white cop who picked up his bloody body and saved his life after a shooting incident.
“With that said, that day that I shot myself, the police…came through there; they knocked the doors down; I was on the floor; they hopped over me, looking for the drugs,” said Wayne. “It was a white police that ran up and stopped, and said, ‘What the f*ck are ya’ll doing? Do you not see this baby on the floor?’”
“He picked me up, bought me to the hospital himself. He was white,” said Wayne.