BLACK VOICES

RZA Claims 'All Lives Matter' And Says More Black Men Should 'Clean Up'

The rapper said cows' lives matter, too, which is why he gave up eating meat.

The Wu-Tang Clan frontman shared his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement, and the reason why he stopped eating meat in the latest episode of Bloomberg television series “With All Due Respect.” The rapper said he has such an affinity for all the lives on earth that it influenced him to become a vegan

“Of course black lives matter. All lives matter,” he said to host John Heilemann.

“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,” he added.

He went on express his admiration for police officers who uphold the principle of serving and protecting our society. However, he questioned how certain officers -- specifically those "who lose that focus" of the law -- can enforce the law on the streets if they don't understand it. 

The 46-year-old Staten Island-native also suggested that black men be more conscious and clean up their appearance to avoid being profiled and brutalized by the police.

“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,” he said. “I tell my sons, I say, ‘if you’re going somewhere, you don’t have to wear a hoodie -- we live in New York, so a hoodie and all that is all good. But sometimes, you know, button up your shirt. Clean up. Look like a young man. You’re not a little kid.”

Check out more of RZA’s Bloomberg interview here.

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