Race is a hot-button topic in the streets right now. Queens’ legendary rap mogul Nas took his thoughts on racial inequality and the current state of America to Instagram last night (June 23).
Surrounding the highly-publicized Charleston shooting, the “If I Ruled the World” rap star voiced his stance on many platforms to speak out on racial inequality’s longstanding presence. In a passionate 300-word Instagram post, Nas let it be known that the racial tensions scouring the nation are bigger than black vs. white. He mentioned that America has come a long way since its shameful past, but the nation has taken their “eye off the ball and it feels as though things are moving backwards.”
In the post, stamped under a mangled, bleeding American flag, he also made sure to mention that the heart of our nation’s export comes from black culture.
“As a black man, I find it difficult to understand that our biggest export (our American culture) comes from us,” Nas said. “The people in the streets… The way the world dresses, talks, what they listen to, what they watch… That all comes from us. How can we be the ones responsible for America’s biggest export & fear for our lives like we shouldn’t belong here.”
Nas recently spoke with VIBE‘s Mikey Fresh about racism’s rotting effects on the nation, turning up the volume to his voice in social injustices.
If you haven’t peeped it already, check out the post.
America has spent so much time, money & resources fighting wars abroad and completely fell asleep at the wheel of the war brewing within our cities, neighborhoods & blocks. We are supposed to stand for freedom & equal opportunity. That's supposed to mean MORE than just words but the actions of late just don't speak to what we are supposed to stand for. This is BIGGER than BLACK and WHITE. This is about America selling a false dream. Now we've obviously progressed since the inception of this nation but we took our eye off the ball and it feels as though things are moving backwards. As a black man, I find it difficult to understand that our biggest export (our American culture) comes from us. The people in the streets… The way the world dresses, talks, what they listen to, what they watch… That all comes from us. How can we be the ones responsible for America's biggest export & fear for our lives like we shouldn't belong here. I don't have all the answers nor do I believe anyone does, but we need to have conversations around how to improve as a nation. How do we show any ounce of progress that keeps hope alive. This is too big of a problem to be solved overnight but there needs to be some questions answered to get things back on the track of righteousness. Amazing people died for this country. We owe it to the past, present & future to come together and move this country in the right direction. This is my home just like it is anyone else's. RIP CRISPUS ATTUCKS. FIRST MAN TO DIE IN AMERICA's FREEDOM WAR & HE WAS BLACK! GOD BLESS EVERY OUNCE OF INNOCENT BLOOD SHED FOR THIS NATION & MY FAMILY.