Nicki Minaj On Why Black Stars Don’t Speak Out More About Racism: “Look What Happened To Kanye”
Nicki Minaj’s Rolling Stone interview, in which she candidly opens up about her abortion, also features the rapper talking frankly about racism, police brutality, and why black stars may be hesitant to speak out.
Referencing Kanye West’s infamous “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” rant during the Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005, and the backlash that ensued, Minaj says, “People say, ‘Why aren’t black celebrities speaking out more?’ But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out. People told him to apologize to Bush.”
“He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart,” she tells the magazine. “And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘F*ck it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a f*ck?'”
“I feel like when Public Enemy were doing ‘Fight the Power,’ we as a culture had more power — now it feels hopeless,” says Minaj, further calling the non-indictment of the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold “sickening.”
“I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’ That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals,” says the performer. “It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it.” What do you think of Minaj’s comments?