Lil Wayne doesn’t think he’s fit to address Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest because the rapper claims he has never had to deal with racial prejudice.
“They wouldn’t want my answer to represent it because god knows I have been nothing but blessed … I’ve never — and never is a strong word — I’ve never dealt with racism and I’m glad I didn’t have to,” Lil Wayne told Skip Bayless during Fox Sports One’s “Undisputed.” “I thought [racism] was over. I still believe it’s over, but obviously it isn’t.”
Bayless went on to ask about a previous encounter between the two when the rapper told him the vast majority of the audience at many of his concerts is white.
“I don’t want to be bashed, because 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.”
Fellow co-host Shannon Sharpe commended Wayne for his words, saying that it is better for someone to be honest about their experiences with racism rather than make something up for the sake of getting attention.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem before NFL games out of refusal to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people.”