'If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it,' says the rapper
Nicki Minaj has called the Eric Garner case “sickening”.
Speaking in Rolling Stone, the rapper aired her view on the case, in which Garner was killed in New York by a police officer who was then not indicted. “It’s sickening, and I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’ That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals,” said Minaj. “It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it.”
She also explained the difficulties faced by black celebrities when speaking out over issues that pertain to race in the US. “People say, ‘Why aren’t black celebrities speaking out more?’ But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out. People told him to apologise to Bush!” commented Minaj. “He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart,” she says. “And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘Fuck it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a fuck?'”
Minaj recently released a 16-minute short film that features three tracks taken from her latest album ‘The Pinkprint’. ‘The Pinkprint Movie’ is directed by Taylor Cohen and Francesco Carrozzini, and stars Minaj as a woman experiencing the breakdown of a relationship. The piece is divided into three parts –’The Crying Game’, ‘I Lied’ and ‘Grand Piano’ – with each section scored by the album track of the same name.