The narrative within the Hip Hop community is that cops are often viewed as an adversary, as opposed to a helping hand, but that’s what make this rapper’s comments so astounding.
Pop culture phenomenon, Lil’ Wayne, gave an interview recently during which he told a story that shaped his views on police and racism in America.
Much to the shock of his own fans, the Hip Hop superstar discussed the event in his life that to this day does not allow him to even “know what racism is.”
Fans of his know this, but one day, at 12 years old, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (Lil’ Wayne) had been handling a gun and accidentally shot himself in the chest, missing his heart by millimeters. The little boy laid there on the floor, bleeding out as he stared out the window, alone.
Then, according to the artist, squad cars showed up, and “police knocked on the door,” but they weren’t interested in helping the kid on the floor.
“I was right there. They knocked the door down. Everybody jumped over my body to go get the guns, and drugs, and whatever they could find,” he said.
While seizing “guns and drugs” are part of the job, things look a little different to a dying 12-year old. Today’s narrative about police in the black community would have you believe that a bunch of white officers overlooked a black kid with a gunshot wound, but Mr. Carter is quick to point out that the cops “who hopped over were blacker than me.”
Fortunately for the artist affectionately referred to as “Weezy”, an officer “white as snow” showed up to save the young artist’s life.
“He picked me up, brought me to the hospital. He didn’t drop me off at the ambulance and say ‘you take him,’ he brought me to the hospital room, and stood there and waited until the doctor said ‘he’s gonna make it.'”
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Lil’ Wayne Tells Story Of White Cop Who Saved His Life
The multi-platinum artist has a hard time understanding the race issue in our country, because, as he says, “my life was saved by a white man… I don’t know what racism is. I know a good [guy] named Uncle Bob, though.”
The media does a good job of pushing police misconduct to the top of the newsfeed, but we know that the majority of police officers are great people only looking to help their communities they serve.