Music mogul Jay-Z is full of opinions on social justice issues, but he was recently schooled by Kentucky state representative Charles Booker (D) who noted on Sunday (September 1) that the rapper has no idea what he is talking about when discussing police violence against the Black community.
“Jay-Z, I admire your art. I respect your success,” Booker tweeted. “But I urgently disagree with your take on why police shoot us.” The tweet was an apparent response to a video from earlier this year that features Jay-Z making a connection between growing up in a single-parent household and being killed by the police.
“It’s criminalization, lack of accountability, and structural racism” that causes Black people, including young children who are simply playing with toy guns, to be murdered by law enforcers, Booker tweeted. To hammer home his message, Booker included a video of himself speaking against SB150, which allows people to carry concealed weapons without a license.
Jay-Z, I admire your art. I respect your success. But I urgently disagree with your take on why police shoot us. It’s not single parent households or disrespect for authority. It’s criminalization, lack of accountability, and structural racism. Ignoring that helps no one. pic.twitter.com/5I8mYyynAl
— Charles Booker (@Charles4LouKY) September 1, 2019