Public Enemy’s Chuck D expressed his views on the internal workings of his country relative to its ‘allies’. “The top part of society say ‘well, we don’t believe in racism’, but there is overt and subtle racism that blend to the history of a place and somebody usually gets rolled over,” he tells Darren Collins of Australia’s Beat magazine. “The Aboriginal people (in Australia) still have issues that need to get dealt with and I know that the people of Australia at least have their ears and their minds open that this is something that they need to come to grips with and the government has to at least try and make themselves look good to the world by doing the right thing. Sometimes America wants to look good to the world and show the world that they are doing the right thing but in reality they cover up dirt with a blanket. They wanna let you know about the good but never let you know about the bad sh** and I think that sometimes when its comes down to Australia, Australia is listening to the world better than America is listening to the world. Australia would pay more attention to world opinion than America who would only pay attention to American opinion. Most Americans think their world begins and ends with America and everything else is ‘overseas’ and everything else is ‘them over there’ and ‘this is us and we’re better and everything is better – you are very fortunate to live here ‘cos it’s America and everywhere else in the world has a shortage of air’,” he laughed. “We have people here who are like ‘this place is the best place in the world’ – somebody who lives in Kansas that aint never been anywhere else in the world – just a happy motherfu**in’ animal in a cage. At least when I was growing up I knew that education would help me learn about other things outside the country. Now the internet is a wonderful tool to help you communicate and as an artist I have been able to visit all these places which has been a wonderful extension to my life. I would say to someone to at least educate themselves beyond Americanism and propaganda. People should always think as a global person – I would rather be globally smart than dumb in America. Americans are brainwashed to be arrogant, to think the world begins and ends with them. We can bomb someplace else as long as it overseas – it’s very naïve. I have always been able to think outside that box and black people will not go forward in America unless we think of ourselves as global people – the minute we think of ourselves as just Americans we think of ourselves as slaves.”
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