Rapper Lil Wayne declared racism dead on Tuesday, citing his white concertgoers as an example.
When asked by “Undisputed” co-host Skip Bayless about a predominantly white Westchester audience for which he’d once performed, the New Orleans native said it signified to him “there was no such thing as racism.”
“A lot of white kids love rap. Explain that. What does that say to you; what’s the message of it; what’s the bigger picture of it?” Bayless asked.
“I don’t want to be bashed, beacuse 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,” Wayne replied. “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 added, “I don’t have this type of crowd or that type of crowd. My crowd has always been everybody, thank God.”
Weezy — who last year was portrayed by country singer Jason Aldean sporting blackface — offered a slightly more muddled assessment of American race relations earlier in the interview.
“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.”