Waka Flocka is not backing down from his claim that he’s not black. After making the controversial statement during an interview with Sway Calloway, the Atlanta rapper doubled down on his assertion in the face of criticism.
“Instead of judging me ask yourselves why,” Waka wrote on Instagram Saturday (October 14). “Why Waka ghetto ass talking like this. Why Waka saying all this woke shit. Why Trump not… Why the media ignore real issues. Why we support xyz. We all have to fix ourselves to see the real problems #HaveABlessedOne.”
Instead of judging me ask yourselves why… Why Waka ghetto ass talking like this. Why Waka saying all this woke shit. Why Trump not… Why the media ignore real issues. Why we support xyz. We all have to fix ourselves to see the real problems #HaveABlessedOne I'm living in the spirit. I wish Dick Gregory was alive. All I want is for US to do is THINK. tradition is truth!!!! As a human we could never like this thing we don't understand 💡 I talk from experience. I been around the 🌎 and my community ain't the only ones struggling we just the focus. I stand on my words IM NOT BLACK I told y'all from the beginning of my rap career. I'm not rapping to be the best. I rap to be the realist that EVER did it. We all slaves it's just my community was tortured 😖
The post was accompanied by a video in which Waka said, “I’m black,” but did so while gesturing with quotation marks. The Flockavelli rapper stated he was not the black that America calls him in the clip and stood by his words in the lengthy write-up accompanying it.
“I wish Dick Gregory was alive,” he continued. “All I want is for US to do is THINK. tradition is truth!!!! As a human we could never like this thing we don’t understand. I talk from experience. I been around the [world] and my community ain’t the only ones struggling we just the focus. I stand on my words IM NOT BLACK.”
In Waka’s original statement, he claimed to have no African ancestry. He identified his family’s background as Native American, European, Italian and Dominican.
“I’m not African American at all,” he said around five-minute mark of the interview. “My folks is not from Africa. A lot of people in this room’s folks ain’t from Africa. Might be a couple, but people just don’t understand. I asked my grandma, ‘Yo grandma, what’s your background?’ She said ‘Red foot and black tail Indian.’ I said, ‘What?’ She said, ‘Yeah.’ My mother and my father, we 100 percent Indians.’ I asked my other grandmother, and we got Cherokee in us, and European and Italian. A little Dominican.”
While it may have seemed like Waka was battling over the semantics of being identified as African American, he later made it abundantly clear that he believes he’s not black.
“I’m damn sure not black,” he said. “You’re not gonna call me black.”
Watch Waka’s interview with Sway and check out his follow-up statement above.