The debate has been raging in the mainstream media at an extreme level for the past two years. #BlackLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter is a hot button issue. Some folks think American race relations are as bad as they’ve ever been. The truth is, they certainly are not, but there are still major incidents that show a systematic problem when it comes to race.
Celebrities are known to speak out on major issues. San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick did his part to spark the conversation, and continues to do so. Some people support him, some people don’t, but everyone seems to have an opinion. Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton has been fairly PC when it comes to his responses. It’s a difficult thing to handle when you’re asked these questions by the media. One thing is for sure, the public and the corporations that endorse these celebrities are listening to what they have to say, and they are quick to jump into the conversation.
Lil Wayne recently caught a lot of flack for his comments on racism. He tells a story about the time he accidentally shot himself when he was 12. While he laid on the floor, bleeding to death, the only person who rushed to his aid was someone he wouldn’t have expected. It’s shaped his outlook on life, race, and racism as a whole. Still, even though it was his personal experience, people are up in arms.