Rapper Jay-Z ignited a battle to find the biggest victim group in America when he declared sexism is a bigger issue than racism last week.
“At this very moment America is way more sexist than they are racist,” the rapper said to a young female fan at his Cleveland show on Nov. 19. “But you young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States.”
The inspirational message ignited a firestorm of controversy between those who champion gender and those who advocate race as the determining factors in victimhood.
JAY-Z’s spontaneous conversation with a 9 year old girl:
“At this very moment America is way more sexist than they are racist, but you young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States, you believe that.” ❤
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) November 20, 2017
“I think what Jay-Z is trying to articulate is his consciousness and [his] more current awareness of the prevalence of sexism,” Education and Applied Intersectionality at the Organization for Human Rights and Democracy co-founder Yolande Tomlinson told the Atlanta Black Star. “Because he has daughters and I’m sure he sees the way his wife [Beyoncé] has suffered.”
Many derided Jay-Z’s sentiment.
If you think sexism is more rampant than racism you are delusional
— TRAPPERJOHNMD (@RoemelloScuggs) November 21, 2017
The fact black men like you and Jay Z dont understand that BW deal with both sexism/racism intertwined speaks to that black male privilege that yall BM delude yourselves into thinking that you dont benefit from.
— DarkkEmperor (@DarkkEmperor) November 22, 2017
Jay Z and his autistic wife get on my nerves with they political sell out. https://t.co/O1wGzqq8Xn
— Make America Great Again ? (@GhettoNatsuko) November 22, 2017
It’s one thing to know how fucked up it is of Jay Z to say sexism is a bigger problem in America than racism, it’s a whole other to see white people pile on to put their 2 cents in. Y’all ain’t slick, on the contrary, quite transparent.
— Zamjenjena (@commietantric) November 22, 2017
HELL NO Jay Z, maybe u got this from Katie Couric, but racism against African American women & men more prevalent in U.S. than sexism is against Anglo Females. How many chances do African American women get at @FOXNEWS @ABC @CBS @NBC @PBS compared to Kaite Couric & anglo women?
— Name Dropping Pundit (@TooDistantLover) November 21, 2017
Others agreed with the rapper.
Never thought I would agree with him, but he is right. Racism is not as strong as the left likes to claim. Sexism is a far bigger problem.
Jay Z Stops Mid Concert to Assure 9-Year-Old Girl: America ‘Way More Sexist’ than Racist https://t.co/K6fqXMHqp0
— Tim Gannon (@TimGannon9) November 22, 2017
Great words from a great man! That’s beautiful that you said this, with everything that’s going on in this world. Love the inspiration @JAY_Z_Daily
— Stephanie (@Stepz36) November 21, 2017
You are my new hero! An inspiration for all! Especially little girls all over the world! THANK YOU!!
— Kay Bates (@Kay1933) November 22, 2017
This is beautiful.
— Amy Christensen (@Obscurityislove) November 22, 2017
Right on the money. Couldn’t have worded it any better.
— Lumumba (@lumumba57) November 25, 2017
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