Lil Wayne Says Obama Political Dilemma About Race

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Lil Wayne, the diminutive and tatted rapper whose finger on the musical pulse is not to be questioned -- his latest album Tha Carter IV sold almost a million copies in the first week of release -- is also a pretty nuanced political observer.

He watched the Tea Party Republican presidential candidate debate Monday night and had this to say to Vibe, "You learn from what the right-wing is doing and you take something from it. I feel like as a people the most that we can do is better ourselves and learn. Then look at yourself and ask ‘Am I the person they’re talking about or am I not?’ You have to make the most of who you are because the Republicans are never going to like us."

Meaning, I would imagine, black people, not platinum-selling rappers, Grammy winners, or people named "Wayne."

obama_lilwayne.jpgI don't believe -- in descending order -- Republicans, conservatives, right-wingers, or even Tea Party members are necessarily racist, but I do believe those opposed to him politically are more inclined to dismiss him, to write off the "Obama experiment," to label his presidency a failure because of his race. I would guess much of this is subconscious, but it's there.

Wayne concedes that while he understands criticism over the president’s handling of the economy, some of the vitriol is beyond politics. “I don’t think I have to say that for everybody to know that,” he avers.

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