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 ON : JANUARY 10, 2016 / 02:00 PM

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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