Read Nas’s Open Letter to Trump

Read Nas’s Open Letter to Trump

"We all know a racist is in office."

"We all know a racist is in office."

Text: Megan Kasselberg

Nas, one of the most outspoken artists in hip-hop today, has penned an open letter to President Trump on Mass Appeal, titled "Action Speaks Louder than Words."

Rather than getting caught up in the personality and motives of Trump, Nas is concerned with the widespread affects the President has had on constituents and American families. In his letter, he says "whatever president may be in office doesn’t affect my work directly. The way he affects people is what affects me. I observe what’s going on and that goes into my creative process. The person himself, I’m not caught up with. I don’t even have time for Trump or Pence. I don’t give a fuck. My focus is on what’s happening with real people in their everyday lives."

Much of the concern surrounding Trump's nomination and win has been widespread fear that his offensive comments on women, POC, and the underlying sentiments of his fan-base, will be further normalized—a step back for equal rights campaigns worldwide. Nas bluntly calls President Trump's racism to readers' attention, and describes its long-held place in the American government system. He continues "we all know a racist is in office. People can talk their shit. Comedians can sound racist. People can go through their moments of that shit, but when you have the responsibility of being President and you carry on like that, you send a strong message to people outside of your group that they ain’t worth shit."

Nas' focus on the future and artistic expression in times of turmoil is a refreshing point of view, especially in today's political atmosphere, where daily scandals and comedic personalities take center stage. Hopefully, his strong voice, publicized to a diverse fan base, can help to enact change.

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