Race & Identity
Master P Talked With Tomi Lahren About Race, Called Kaepernick 'A Leader For This Culture'
The legendary rap mogul and the conservative firebrand had a discussion about Colin Kaepernick's protest.
Rap legend Master P sat down with emerging conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren to discuss former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's police brutality protest during the national anthem on Fox News Insider.
Master P joins the likes of comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah and The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne Tha God who all have had discussions with the conservative personality regarding police brutality and racism in the United States.
However, this discussion was a little different.
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This time, Lahren wasn't on someone else's show; she invited the famed rapper to sit down with her. In the interview, Lahren said Kaepernick disrespected the military by kneeling during the national anthem as a way to bring attention to police brutality and injustices in America.
"It was the way that he did it. That's what hurt a lot in the military community," Lahren told Master P.
Lahren has been outspoken on the #TakeTheKnee issue, although in one appearance on Fox & Friends, the commentator expressed some confusion about the heart of the issue, The Wrap reports.
"This is a serious question that I have for these players,” Lahren said on the program earlier this month. “I would like to ask these players, what exactly are you kneeling for and why have you chosen the flag and the anthem to do it?"
Master P cleared things up for her, saying Kaepernick "didn't mean it like that."
The rapper continued, "It's not about black or white. It's about freedom of expression, freedom of speech and just us being people," adding that his grandfather was a military man.
Lahren wondered if police weren't being villainized.
And for that, too Master P had a nuanced response.
"There are good police and bad police. There's good people, there's bad people ... These are just people in uniform. I don't get caught up with the police, even if some of them are overdoing it. Maybe they had a bad day. I say, ya know what, I put my trust in God and I just gotta do what's right."
The rapper stressed that he respects Kaepernick for doing what he thought was right, even if it has cost him his job.
"He should still be in the NFL," Master P said, before facing facts. "But [after] what he's done, is he gonna get back in the NFL? I don't think so."
In protesting, Master P said Kaepernick has become more than just a football hero. "He has turned into a leader for this culture, whether people like it or not."
Like many of the others who have spoken to Lahren, Master P wants to have an open dialogue with those he disagrees with in hopes of creating a better America.
"Hopefully the rest of the world can see we're doing this and they can agree on sitting down and discussing [issues], instead of being angry with each other," he said.