Lil Wayne has white fans, and, according to him, that basically means that racism is over.
Scratching your head? So were the people of the Internet when they got wind of the Louisiana rapper’s Tuesday interview on “Undisputed.”
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 13, 2016
Wayne appeared on the show to crush rumors that he was retiring from the rap game, but that news, while major to fans, isn't what has folks talking. After chatting about his career and the ups and downs of his relationship with Cash Money record label co-founder Birdman, the topic of discussion switched to celebrities, particularly Colin Kaepernick and Lebron James, and their role in the fight for racial justice.
The problem: Wayne doesn’t think there’s a battle to be fought, because, for him, racism is a thing of the past.
“I don’t want to be bashed, because I don’t want to seem like I’m on the wrong side,” Wayne, who recently held a concert in Westchester, New York, where he claims the audience was predominately white, said. “But I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism.”
Wayne, who added that his fans aren't just Black but rather made up of "everybody," views that as an indicator that racism, from the everyday to the institutional, is over. For the 33-year-old, it's "uncool" to be racist, so milliennials are distancing themselves from it.
That claim, while widely believed, isn’t actually true. In fact, studies show that white young folks, some who even consider their politics progressive, hold similarly racist views as older generations.
Woke Twitter understands that very well, and didn’t wait a moment to respond to Wayne’s remark.
— Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) September 13, 2016
White kids loving rap music means there's no such thing as racism. Wow. pic.twitter.com/VFs48nA6pc
— Saint Pest (@KidFury) September 13, 2016
So with LiL Wayne logic, white slave masters who had slaves cooking their food weren't racist because they was in house taking care of them
— Tia (@tiaonthebrain) September 13, 2016
It should be noted that Wayne later said in the interview that racial problems still exist; however, his hesitancy to describe those issues as what they are – racist – is a tool of white supremacy, one that only hinders the possibility of real social change and justice.