Last night, RZA’s full interview with Bloomberg aired on TV and the Wu-Tang Clan leader caught some serious heat for his comments on the police and the Black Lives Matter movement. While RZA said that he believes in the Black Lives Matter movement, he also said that all lives matter and that he stopped eating meat because cow lives matter too.
He also shared his thoughts on the police and how growing up he actually wanted to be a cop. “I love what the police do for our society, I love the idea of it, to serve and protect,” RZA said. “Those who are upholding that idea, then they are beneficial to society. But those who lose that focus, whether they lose it through fear, through stress, or through not being properly trained—and they are allowed to go out on the streets—how can you enforce law if you don’t understand law?” RZA then said that he thinks young black youths need to take a look at the images that they portray. The long comment below has brought RZA the most amount of scrutiny since the interview aired.
When you think about some of the brothers who are being brutalized by the police, you also got to have them take a look, and us take a look , in the mirror, at the image we portray. 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. 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, you know what I mean? I think that’s another big issue we gotta pay attention to. Is the image that we portray that could invoke a fear into a white officer, or any officer.
The full video is available to watch on Bloomberg here