RZA Explains His Black Youth Comments But Just Makes Things Worse

RZA Explains His Black Youth Comments But Just Makes Things Worse

He tells men to "add a button-up shirt to your wardrobe."

Published January 10th

RZA’s recent comments about Black youth and they way they dress received some major criticism, especially for implying that the way young Black men dress has a direct correlation with the rise in police brutality.

"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," he told Bloomberg TV. "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."  

Unsurprisingly, Black Twitter didn't take too kindly to the Wu-Tang frontman's finger-wagging, and went in on him swiftly and harshly. When RZA got wind of the negative blowback, he tried to smooth things with a few tweets of his own, but just made things worse:

We're not sure what compelled RZA to double down on his insulting remarks, but that's what he did. He clearly realized his comments struck a nerve, though, and asked his followers to give him a break — but not without one more twist of the knife: 

Here's hoping RZA will save his opinions for his music from now on.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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