The charged letter, which he released through Mass Appeal, begins with a take on race. “The only way the black man gets a little piece in America is if he takes the O.J. stance: ‘I’m not black, I’m O.J.,’ he wrote. “When you ignore the shit that’s happening to people you can live in this fantasy, this American fantasy that you belong to… who? You ignore what’s happening, and that gives you peace. Because what’s going on is enough to make people insane.”
From there, Nas went on to talk about racism in everyday life and in politics. “When you have the responsibility of being President and you carry on like that, you send a strong message to people outside of your group that they ain’t worth shit,” he added. “So why would I focus on that unless I’m in the political game? Unless I’m running for office I don’t have to pay attention to know that. If I ever vote again—when it’s time to vote again, and I feel like voting again—I don’t have to follow the news to know who I’m voting against. But then you wind up saying ‘Who’s the next motherfucker coming in, and how does that help?’”
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