Rapper Cassper Nyovest took to Twitter to note how few black people he finds when travelling in first and business class. The famous rapper’s views on slavery and people ‘pulling each other down’ have been met with a backlash on Twitter.
According to Nyovest, being the only black person in first and business class lounges has made the effects of 400 years of slavery hit home. He says the legacy of slavery is that black people are still behind.
“The only thing we are extremely good at for now is pulling each other down,” he continued.
I travel the world. I’m blessed enough to sit in first class&business lounges&I often find myself being the only black person there. The 400 years of slavey thing just hit me now. We are sooo behind&the only thing we are extremely good at for now is pulling each other down. ☹️
— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) September 22, 2018
Not everyone is impressed by his views though. Kenyan journalist Shailja Patel tweeted a popular response, suggesting that Nyovest should “buy an upgrade” for three black passengers each time he travels so that they can join him in the lounge.
I suggest that each time you check into first class or business class, you buy an upgrade for three Black passengers travelling economy on the same flight, so they can join you in the lounge. Problem solved. https://t.co/uOlDeMoqIU
— Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) September 24, 2018
Others responded to Nyovest’s tweets, taking exception to his view that black people are good at “pulling each other down.” “When you have to remind your followers they are poor, you are part of the problem,” one user said.
U could have just tweeted about the 400 years a slave thing but NO….. U had to drag us into this mess unprovoked. Always the victim wena pic.twitter.com/VbbJMJKrkJ
— Curvy_Lito ?? (@LILRIBBY) September 25, 2018
Forreal Bro – If His Supporters Ditch Him. He Won't Be Flying First Class Anymore, To Start Off With. People Are Always Trying To Take Down One's Point By Saying They Jealous Or They Didn't Get The Point.
— TrashBoat? (@Lethabo_Elliot) September 24, 2018
When you have to remind your followers that they are poor, you are part of the problem.
— Lethabo Mbawo?? (@MbawoLive) September 22, 2018
Nyovest recently made the news after a legal tiff between his lawyers and Tsonga musician Benny Mayengani over the latter’s use of the hashtag #FillUp to promote a gig looks like it will probably end up going nowhere.
Earlier this month, Cassper’s lawyers filed a “cease and desist” order against the star for supposed trademark infringement, after Cassper’s management claimed the rapper had trademarked the hashtag and his permission wasn’t asked before it was used.
Subsequent media reports suggested this was probably not the case.
Source: The Citizen