At the moment, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say the United States in disarray.
You have unarmed black men being killed seemingly every week. You have hardworking law enforcement officers being gunned down in response.
Many are using their celebrity status to speak up in support of ending gun violence. Some are speaking up to raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter cause. Right now, it appears rapper A$AP Rocky isn't saying much, but he said a whole hell of a lot in 2015.
So every time something happens because I'm black I gotta stand up? What the fuck am I, Al Sharpton now? I'm A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my motherfuckin' lean, my best friend dying, the girls that come in and out of my life, the jiggy fashion that I wear, my new inspirations in drugs! I don't wanna talk about no fucking Ferguson and shit because I don't live over there! I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can't relate.
These words, while allegedly said during an interview last year, have struck a chord with many. It seems increasingly impossible to stay indifferent to what's happening right now, even if you can't directly relate those being affected every day.
Fourteen-year NBA veteran Stephen Jackson, who, like A$AP Rocky, is from Texas, got wind of Rocky's 2015 comments, and went on a rant of his own to condemn the rapper's perceived anti-Black Lives Matter mentality.
Check out the video above, in which you can clearly hear Jackson say,
You can't say "trill" no more because you ain't trill. You hear me? And the whole of Port Arthur's speaking with me. You not trill, you not from Texas. Get your own swag. That's coming from the president of Port Arthur, where the word “trill” was created.
These are some pretty strong words from Jackson, but you can at least understand the anger he's speaking with and where he's coming from.
I understand A$AP attempting to stay in his lane, but I'd hope his views have changed a bit since 2015 based on what's been going on in the United States and worldwide.