Rapper Lil Wayne gifted the media an amazing sound bite on Tuesday when the words "there's no such thing as racism" came out of his mouth during Fox Sports 1's Undisputed. Host Skip Bayless asked Wayne if the preponderance of white people at his concerts signified anything to him, and Wayne answered,
I don't want to be bashed because I don't want to sound like I'm on the wrong—if there is a side—but I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism. That's what I thought that was. I thought that was a perfect example.
Wayne declined to discuss 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent refusal to stand during the singing of the National Anthem before games, saying he had no opinion on it and wasn't really sure what was going on. He also said that millennials aren't racist because racism isn't "cool" anymore, despite evidence to the contrary. He did admit, though, that his many "blessings," and not just the nonexistence of racism, may have something to do with his popularity with white people.
Bayless also asked Wayne the very "broad" question, "Where are we in the United States of America in race relations, what you see in from day to day in your life?" and Wayne responded,
Skip, they wouldn't want to ask me that, they wouldn't want my answer to represent it, because God knows I have been nothing but blessed. . . I have never, and never's a strong word, never dealt with racism and I'm glad I didn't have to. . . not only that I thought it was over, I still believe it's over, but obviously it isn't.
Hmm. So it doesn't exist…but also it does. Good thing all that lean Weezy drinks is not affecting his ability to think logically.
Anyway, once that sound bite was out, Twitter took it and ran.
But hang on, Wayne did seem to think racism existed four years ago when he couldn't get a seat at a Thunder game in Oklahoma City, telling The Associated Press he didn't feel welcome at the venue. Two Thunder players, Kevin Durant and James Harden, offered to help get him in, but Wayne explained:
That’s not the point, though. It’s the players stepping up but, of course, the players aren’t white. I don’t want to be sitting there on behalf of you and I’m sitting next to a (person) that’s like "I don’t want this (guy) sitting next to me." (Expletive) you … I’m in Forbes.
Here's the full clip from Undisputed, to put everything into context (but don't be disappointed when his words still don't seem to make much sense).