RZA addressed police brutality towards young black males as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Of course black lives matter,” RZA said about Black Lives Matter. “All lives matter. I stopped eating meat because their lives matter to me. I don’t think it’s necessary for us to grow a cow to kill it.”
As for the situation with young black men being “brutalized” by police, RZA voiced his support for law enforcement while sharing over the way he feels officers have been portrayed.
“In the old days, a cop, you’d let him in your house and give him a cookie and milk,” RZA stated. “Now that there’s been so much police brutality, a lot of the young people are scared of the cops.”
From there, the entertainer spoke on the black men who have been victimized. In his eyes, it comes down to how the young black men are dressed, which can result in them being treated like a stereotype if they dress as such.
“When you think about some of the brothers who are being brutalized by the police, you also got to have them take a look, and us take a look, in the mirror, at the image we portray,” RZA said. “If I’m a cop and every time I see a young black youth, whether I watch them on TV, movies, or just see them hanging out, and they’re not looking properly dressed, properly refined, you know, carrying himself, conducting himself proper hours of the day — things that a man does, you’re going to have a certain fear and stereotype of them.”
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