- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2017

Jay-Z says President Trump is no match for the resiliency of the black community.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 on Thursday, Jay-Z, formally known as Shawn Carter, was asked what it’s like to be raising a young black family in America today.

“I believe that everything that happens in life is for your greatest good, and I don’t think that this is happening if we weren’t prepared to handle it,” the rapper said. “I’m just actually looking forward to what’s next after that, because usually when things are darkest, then light is on its way. So, I’m not fearful.”

Jay-Z never mentioned Mr. Trump by name, referring to him only as “this guy,” and said the black community would be able to endure whatever the president may throw their way.

“I believe that we are resilient, especially us as black people and especially the culture. We’ve been through so much more than this guy,” he said. “This guy, I’m looking at him like, man, this is a joke, with all — I can’t even say with all due respect — with all disrespect.

“I just think he’s not a very sophisticated man, especially when it comes to the idea of ‘until everyone’s free, no one is free.’ Period. That’s just a fact,” he continued. “We are all linked some kind of way. So if you oppress a certain people, everyone’s in danger, karmically and in real life. If I’m being oppressed and you have this big, nice mansion, I’m coming inside there. That’s gonna happen, that’s just how life is. So on just a practical level, that just makes sense. On a spiritual and karmic level, if we’re all children of God, then we’re all brothers and sisters, and at some point, if you are doing that to your brother, then that can’t last.”

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