Lil Wayne is weighing in on the death of George Floyd.
While speaking with Fat Joe on Instagram Live, the Young Money boss was asked what he thought about Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who was killed on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck during an arrest. There have been protests across Minneapolis and the country in the wake of his killing.
“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific,” said Wayne. “We have to get so specific and what I mean by that, we have to stop viewing it from such a broad view, meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody of a certain race or everybody with a badge.”
He continued, “We have to get into who that person is. If we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.”
He also revealed why he doesn’t speak up more often when it comes to important issues. “The reason people always ask me why you don’t say this, why you don’t do that, what else am I gonna do after that? Some people put a tweet out and they think they did something. Some people wear a shirt, they think they did something,” he added. “I mean, what you gon’ do after that? Did you actually help the person? Did you actually help the family? Did you actually go out and do something? If I ain’t about to do all that, then I ain’t about to do nothing. I pray for them.”
He believes people should be more informed before protesting. “What we need to do, we need to learn about it more. If we want to scream about something, know what we’re screaming about. You wanna protest about something, know what we protesting about. It’s a bunch of facts that we think we know that we don’t know. If we want to get into it, know what we talkin’ about before we talk about it.”
This is not the first time Wayne has shared his controversial opinion about racial injustice as it relates to him. In 2016, he denounced the Black Lives Matter movement while speaking with “Nightline.” “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me,” he said. “If you do, you crazy as shit. You, not the camera, you. Feeling connected to something that ain’t got nothin’ to do with you? If it ain’t got nothin’ to do with me, I ain’t connected to it.”