Tue, Feb 26, 2013 3:02 PM EST

Hip hop artist Chuck D. was a guest on CNN with Carol Costello earlier today to discuss the impact that the slaying of Trayvon Martin had on the nation one year later. "The bottom line is this: back when I was growing up, you couldn't find a gun on anybody," Chuck D. told Costello. "Since 1980, the beginning of R&B, Reagan and Bush, there's been nothing but guns and drugs in the black community for the last 30-some-odd years." "Race is America's folly," Chuck D. went on to say.