Nicki Minaj recently scored the cover of Rolling Stone. In her interview with the iconic magazine she shed some light on the Eric Garner case, the unarmed man who died in a chokehold from the hands of a NYPD officer in Staten Island.
When asked about the incident, Nicki Minaj said, “It’s sickening. I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’ That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals.” She also said, “It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it”
Nicki also proclaimed that Hip-Hop has become powerless against fighting Civil Rights issues using Kanye as an example: “I feel like when Public Enemy were doing ‘Fight the Power,’ we as a culture had more power — now it feels hopeless….People say, ‘Why aren’t black celebrities speaking out more?’ But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out. People told him to apologize to Bush!” Nicki was referring to the infamous words Kanye West dropped on a television special live programming during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath from Red Cross to raise money for New Orleans. Kanye West said that former President George Bush “Doesn’t care about black people.”
Although celebrites have been playing a big part and showing their support for the Eric Garner incident with Athletes from various sporting arenas wearing their “I Can’t Breathe” shirts live before games as well as musician putting out music speaking on the issues of Police brutality, do you feel like Nicki Minaj is right? Has Hip-Hop become less effective in fighting against civil rights issues? Should artist speak more or less about national issues? Let’s us know your feelings on this topic.