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Jay-Z: Trump Forcing Us to ‘Talk About Why White Men are So Privileged in this Country’

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Jay Z performs during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Jay Z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organization in June. The Songwriters Hall …
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Rap mogul Jay-Z sat down with David Letterman for his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and told the former late-night host that the election of Donald Trump is a “great thing” because it’s “bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone.”

“I’ll be honest with you,” Letterman began, “I’m beginning to lose confidence in the Trump administration.”

After some nervous laughter, Jay-Z replied, “I think it’s actually a great thing.”

“I think that what he’s forcing people to do is have conversations and [forcing] people to band together and work together,” said Jay-Z, who headlined a concert for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. “You can’t really address something that’s not revealed. He’s bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone, and it’s still here. We still gotta deal with it.”

“We have to talk about the N-word and we have to talk about why white men are so privileged in this country,” the Grammy-winner, whose net worth is near $1 billion, explained.

Letterman chimed in, adding, “I completely agree. We don’t need more evidence.”

“Is he a racist? Is he not a racist?” Letterman said of President Trump. “I’m telling you, If you’re having a debate over whether a guy is a racist, chances are that guy’s a racist.”

Letterman last took swipes at President Trump while interviewing Pakistan-born activist Malala Yousafzai.

“I feel personally, not politically, but personally, he is not fit to represent me. I don’t think he’s fit to represent anyone in this room,” Letterman said of Trump.

Trump and Jay-Z had a war of words earlier this year, that ended with the president taking to Twitter and writing, “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”

Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson

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