*Rapper Lil Baby has sparked debate on social media after he said Black people can be racist.
The comment came during a discussion about police corruption and systemic racism with Rolling Stone writer Charles Holmes, who insisted, “Black people can’t be racist.”
s reported by SandraRose, the two men discussed a line in the rapper’s song “The Bigger Picture,”, in which Lil Baby says “Corrupted police been the problem where I’m from / But I’d be lying if I said it was all of them.” Holmes noted that there can’t be “good police in a fundamentally flawed and racist system.”
But Lil Baby disagreed, saying “Just ’cause you work in a racist system doesn’t mean you racist.
Damn near every system that got a job is a racist system. You know what I mean?” he said.
“CEOs be like old white people. You never know, they got to be some kind of racist ’cause at some certain age… that was the way of life almost. So I almost feel like all these corporations or whatnot may be racist. And black people are racist too.”
When Holmes disagreed with that last line, Lil Baby fired back with: “Racist means to be just to your race.”
Holmes explained: “Well, the thing about racism is you would have to have some type of power, and Black people, historically speaking, don’t have any power to be racist. We can be prejudiced.”
“To me, a racist is someone who treats a different race than theirs a different way than they would treat theirs,” the rapper said.
I feel like if you’re a black person and you treat all black people one way and all white people one way, you’re racist. I’m not a racist, so I give a white person a chance to talk and actually we get into it before I can say I don’t like you or not.”
He added: “I feel the same way about a black person. You ain’t gon’ be my buddy just ’cause you’re black. Just straight up.”
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