Just a handful of days after Nas spoke out about the murders in Charleston, SC, saying "racism is rotting America," the rapper has expanded on his thoughts in an open letter. Taking to his Instagram, Nas meditated on how it feels like America is "moving backwards." "America has spent so much time, money & resources fighting wars abroad and completely fell asleep at the wheel of the war brewing within our cities, neighborhoods & blocks," he writes. "We are supposed to stand for freedom & equal opportunity. That's supposed to mean MORE than just words but the actions of late just don't speak to what we are supposed to stand for. This is BIGGER than BLACK and WHITE. This is about America selling a false dream. Now we've obviously progressed since the inception of this nation but we took our eye off the ball." Nas admits that he doesn't have the answers, but he definitely has the right talking points.
June 23, 2015
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