Jay-Z may be Jamie Foxx’s new best friend. While Foxx once seemed to take joy in bragging that he got to “kill all the white people” in the film "Django Unchained" during his Saturday Night Live monologue, Jay-Z is now proudly wearing jewelry from a group who refers to white men as ‘devils.’
The NY Post spotted the rapper’s gold necklace at a recent Nets game he attended with wife Beyonce. The jewelry has since been traced to the Five Percenters, a group founded by former Malcolm X student Clarence Smith in 1964. Here’s a bit of what the Five Percenters believe, according to Michael Muhammad Knight, an author who’s written two books about the radical organization:
“The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally.”
“Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior — basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.”
The Daily Mail provides more details on the group’s radical beliefs here.
Although Jay-Z is not an “active member,” according to Saladin Allah, a representative of the group’s upstate region, he seems to have no problem wearing the group’s symbol. Even if the rapper doesn’t believe in all of the group’s tenets and the necklace is just for decoration, it’s still poor judgment to wear such racist symbol. Furthermore, he doesn’t exactly seem to be denying any ties to the group:
Asked once if the group’s symbol — an eight-pointed star with the number 7 in the middle — held any meaning for him, the rapper shrugged, “A little bit.”
Jay-Z has 99 problems and poor fashion choices is one.