When you think of celebrity reactions to the mess going down in Ferguson with the Darren Wilson grand jury decision, it’s likely you envision the typical Hollywood progressive race baiting that famous folks have earned a reputation for, and putting on a display in their desperate attempts to appear relevant in modern culture.
Fortunately, not all big movie and music stars are blind to the facts.
Popular singer Pharrell Williams recently did an interview with Ebony sharing his thoughts and reflections on the recent unrest being experienced in Ferguson after the news broke there would be no charges brought against Officer Darren Wilson. He asked why Brown’s “bullyish” behavior during the robbery leading up to his death wasn’t being discussed.
I bet liberals are simply foaming at the mouth after hearing Williams say this.
From Weasel Zippers:
“It looked very bullyish; that in itself I had a problem with,” Williams said, referring to released surveillance video that allegedly shows Brown forcefully stealing cigarillos from a store shortly before he was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson. “Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?”
This isn’t the first time that Williams has gone against the grain and said something controversial about modern race relations in America.
The Grammy-Award winning singer once told Oprah, “the new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues.” As you can probably imagine, that comment didn’t sit too well with all the race hustlers in Hollyweird.
It’s refreshing to hear this perspective being offered by someone with such massive pull in popular culture. Williams refuses to make excuses for the problems faced by the black community, stressing personal responsibility, which is a concept that isn’t super popular these days.
Williams also brings up a valid point about the lack of discussion going on involving the behavior Michael Brown exhibited just moments before he was killed. The way Brown treated the store clerk speaks volumes about the man’s character. Why he felt the need to participate in this kind of activity is something worth looking into.
Let’s hope Williams’ common sense views on race continue to spread throughout the entertainment industry, opening the eyes of progressives everywhere to bring race hustling to an end.