Jay-Z Criticizes the War on Drugs in New 'NYT' Video
The 45-year-old rapper created a compelling, four-minute video, which he narrated over artwork by Molly Crabapple.
“Even though white people used the sold crack more than black people, somehow it was black people that went to prison. The media ignore actual data to this day,” Jay says. “Crack is still talked about as a black problem. The NYPD raided our Brooklyn neighborhoods while Manhattan bankers openly used coke in impunity.”
He continues, “Young men like me who hustled became the sole villain, and drug addicts lacked moral fortitude. In the 1990s, incarceration rates went up. Today, we imprison more people than any other country in the world — China, Russia, Iran, Cuba. All countries we consider autocratic and oppressive. Rates of drug use are as high as they were when [Richard] Nixon declared the so-called war in 1971. Forty-five years later, it’s time to rethink our policies and laws.”
Watch Jay-Z‘s full video below!