In a new, revealing interview with The Breakfast Club, producer, rapper, and activist David Banner made some controversial remarks in regards to how black people could keep their own money into their neighborhoods.
While he spoke bluntly about going through depression, the state of black music and black people, and promoting his long awaited, forthcoming album The God Box, he expressed that he no longer sees a problem in racism anymore because of how people take care of their own race first.
“I don’t see a problem in racism anymore. Race is root word, -ism and -ist is the act of the word,” he explains. “White people are supposed to take care of white people first. They supposed to give themselves the Grammys first, the movies first cuz don’t lions take care of lions, tigers take care of tigers.”
The conversation between Banner and Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee in the interview which prompted those remarks were about what it would take for black artists to keep to performing for black people as well as keeping money within black neighborhoods.
“It’s not white people’s racism that’s a problem. It’s black people’s lack of racism. We’re supposed to be racist too and we’re not.”
When Charlamagne replied that there is a negative connotation to the word, the “Black Fist” rapper replied with, “Well to me that only matters because we care about what white people think about us. If we didn’t, it really wouldn’t matter.”
While gearing up to release his highly anticipated, The God Box album, he also released his new single with Black Thought called “Who Want It” where the Jackson, Mississippi bred rapper pulls no punches in addressing Fox News, CNN, and crooked police officers. The God Box will be his first album since his 2010 joint album with 9th Wonder, Death of a Pop Star.