In the wake of numerous accounts of police brutality that seems to be popping up everywhere, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA shared his thoughts on the subject. In an interview with NME, RZA talked about racial injustice in America and the Eric Garner case that has caught the attention of the nation.
During the interview the rapper discussed the New York grand jury’s decision not to indict the Staten Island police officer caught on film fatally choking Garner, an unarmed black father who was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes.
“I’m not a political person, I’m a spiritual person. But this shit happened on my doorstep outside a place where as a kid I used to get turkey sandwiches. Me and my friends would do rap battles on the sidewalk right next to where it happened. Today is a sad day.”
He also added, “It happened in our childhood and it’s happening now. The way I see it, your tax dollars are an investment in your city, your community, people that protect our freedoms. Things like the Garner case make you question that process, though. Like, I’m paying taxes for what? To go to see Interstellar at the movies, eat a big box of popcorn with my daughter, then get choked out by some policeman for being in the wrong place at the wrong time on the way out? Nah. There’s a nigga in the video for “CREAM” stood behind Raekwon. See him? Just a guy from the block. Nice kid. He’s dead now. Choked out by the police. He didn’t do nothing. But that’s America. Always has been. Tthe entire reason why [the new Wu-Tang] album exists. A better tomorrow is what we all need to be working to make happen.” Wu Tang Clan recently released their new album A Better Tomorrow earlier this month.