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Nicki Minaj Slams Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision As ‘Sickening,’ Explains Why Some Black Artists Are Staying Silent

Nicki Minaj speaks on Eric Garner decision Nicki Minaj has broken her silence about the recent killings of unarmed Black men by police officers and slammed the grand jury decisions as “sickening,” but the reigning queen of hip hop also had a message for those who are condemning artists for not being vocal about such issues.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Nicki Minaj spoke out for the first time about racism in America with a particular focus on the killing of the Staten Island father Eric Garner.

Garner was placed in a fatal chokehold by New York officer Daniel Pantaleo and was heard on camera telling officers he couldn’t breathe 11 times.

Despite the video evidence, a grand jury failed to indict officer Pantaleo in Garner’s death.

The decision came shortly after another grand jury failed to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

“It’s sickening, and I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised,’ “ she told Rolling Stone. “That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals.”

The “Only” rapper said that such grand jury decisions are tarnishing any hopes that officers will ever be held accountable for their actions when a Black victim is involved.

“It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability,” Minaj added. “If you are law enforcement and you do something to a Black person, you can get away with it.”

The tragic killings are only some of the latest instances of unarmed Black citizens being killed by officers who are not held accountable for their deaths.

The lack of indictments against officers is the latest example of how racism still plagues major institutions and systems in America.

“I feel like when Public Enemy were doing ‘Fight the Power,’ we as a culture had more power—now it feels hopeless,” Minaj said.

Part of that, according to the hip hop star, is that fact that Black celebrities are afraid to speak out.

“People say, ‘Why aren’t Black celebrities speaking out more?’ But look what happened to Kanye [West] when he spoke out,” she said, referencing Kanye West George Bush West’s appearance during a telethon to raise funds for Hurrican Katrina victims back in 2005 when he famously claimed that President George W. Bush did not care about Black people. “People told him to apologize to Bush!”

West actually said a lot more than just “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,” but his rant about racism didn’t garner the same attention.

Instead, the focus was placed specifically on his comment about Bush.

He was “torn apart,” according to Minaj, for speaking out for something he believed in.

She believes that that moment sparked a serious fear in other hip hop stars.

“He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart,” she said. “And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘F**k it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a f**k?’”

 

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15 thoughts on “Nicki Minaj Slams Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision As ‘Sickening,’ Explains Why Some Black Artists Are Staying Silent

  1. So, my takeaway on this is that they're rich and don't care? Because ONE star was treated badly and now the whole of black hollywood is now afraid? Come on!

  2. Sonya Marks says:

    Well with that being said, if Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and countless others let social pressure & ignorance stop them exactly where would we be as a people today? IJS

  3. If these so-called celebrities was smart they would all come together and write on some big checks… And put that money toward building a black economy…They can own their own banks radio station TV show and anything else…That will give more non-celebrities the opportunity to build more businesses…They would never have to be afraid again and keep even more money in their pockets….What's the use of being a celebrity when you are still a slave….

  4. Sonya Marks says:

    Exactly Carolyn Boston!!!

  5. I disagree, black folks need to do what you're taking about on a grass roots level. Black folks, we are too busy looking to messiah's to solve our problems, whether they be Jesus, politicians or celebrities. Where you spend your money starts with you.

  6. Kubeyinje Royalmrbadnews Etchie says:

    NICKI MINAJ I CAN NOW SAY YOU JUST REGAINED MY RESPECT!

  7. Kubeyinje Royalmrbadnews Etchie says:

    NICKI MINAJ IS RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING SHE SAID IN THIS ARTICLE! she said what I came dangerously close to saying,
    i have very powerful connections to very powerful people thanks to my pro wrestling career and my life of school violence!
    been through hell and back in my life of school violence that damn near drove me insane and now I am friends with powerful politicians.

  8. Kubeyinje Royalmrbadnews Etchie says:

    if a police tries to step up to me guess what that police will be out of a job 5 minutes later.
    i am not playing no games bro I am serious, in the words of kurt angle : it's real it's real oh it's damn real.
    no fear of getting crucified, I am friends with the mayor of my town!

  9. Tony Hollins says:

    That's what I'm sayin. They should do like Deboe said in "Fridays" and "get in there and quit actin like a b#[email protected]

  10. Brad Lee says:

    WHAT THE MOST FAMOUS HIP-HOP RAPPERS OF OUR DAY SHOULD DO IS ALL GET TOGETHER AND RECORD A WE ARE THE WORLD TYPE SONG FOR THE INJUSTICES IN THESE UNIFIED SNAKES OF APARTHEID!
    LET THE WORLD KNOWS THAT THEY CARE ABOUT BLACK LIVES BECAUSE BLACK LIVES DO MATTERS!
    WE ARE ONE WITH OUR CREATOR!

  11. Brad Lee says:

    WHAT THE MOST FAMOUS HIP-HOP RAPPERS OF OUR DAY SHOULD DO IS ALL GET TOGETHER AND RECORD A WE ARE THE WORLD TYPE SONG FOR THE INJUSTICES IN THESE UNIFIED SNAKES OF APARTHEID!
    LET THE WORLD KNOWS THAT THEY CARE ABOUT BLACK LIVES BECAUSE BLACK LIVES DO MATTERS!
    WE ARE ONE WITH OUR CREATOR!

  12. Brad Lee says:

    WELL SAID!
    WE ARE ONE WITH OUR CREATOR!

  13. Brad Lee says:

    WELL SAID!
    WE ARE ONE WITH OUR CREATOR!

  14. if we had the resources to build businesses to create good job for our people I think we would….I look around in my neighborhood and there is no black owned businesses around for me to buy from….Some folks wants to say you are your own creator '''your right'''…..But if you are not allowed to create anything you can't get up….Given a chance like everyone else I think we will skyrocket…..

  15. Brad Lee your ancestors was the bomb went it comes to creating things…..They created over half of the thing's that are allowing the Americans to live comfortable today…..your opinion is valued….

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