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Wu-Tang’s RZA ‘got busted for selling pot to Wall St’ and now ‘white men make millions’ from legal weed

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In an interview on Sway in the Morning, rapper, record producer, and founder of the Wu-Tang clan RZA offered an incisive critique of the growing legal pot industry and America’s criminal justice system.

But first, when asked his thoughts on the election, RZA said that he likes to go for the more experienced person.

“I’m not gonna hire a painter to cook my dinner,” the legendary rapper pointed out. “I’m gonna hire a chef.”

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“While Mr. Trump is a fellow New Yorker and a great businessman and really has done great for his family, I don’t see that politically and on a world stage being great for our country.” He points out that under the Presidency of George W. Bush, when he’d travel the world people would treat him “uncomfortably.”

“They wasn’t feeling our energy, they wasn’t feeling the spirit of America.”

As the interview progresses, RZA turns to what he sees as the most important issue facing America domestically.

“Let’s focus on the criminal justice system collectively, as one,” RZA says. “Criminal justice, in my opinion, that needs more correction than any part of our system. You see what they’re doing as far as arresting us, beating us on the head, killing innocent citizens, unarmed citizens,” RZA said. He also pointed out that anytime he comes into the country he has trouble going through security because of a weed charge from when he was a teenager, highlighting the racial injustice of the momentum for legalization.

“Even though it was a criminal industry, it was an industry we built. And now these young men and corporations are about to make millions and millions of dollars on it and nobody’s going to go to jail for it. And yet, we got kids that’s sitting in jail from the same entrepreneurship.”

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“You know who I sold [marijuana] to? Wall Street.” He describes how he and Ol’ Dirty Bastard would meet stockbrokers on their lunch hour. But sometimes, the cops would bust them, lock them up for a few days. “What makes it a crime when I do, and legal when they do it?”

In fact, studies show that even now, in states where recreational pot is legal, minorities are still arrested for marijuana at equal—and sometimes higher—rates than before, as NPR reports.  And it’s no secret that the legal weed industry is extremely white, in part due to policies that ban former inmates from starting pot businesses.

President-elect Trump has made scant statements on the momentum for criminal justice reform, although as Jezebel points out, prison stocks rose when he was announced President.

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In recent years, there’s been a bipartisan push to lower prison rates, calls to reform police training, and an effort to undo the harms caused by mandatory minimum sentencing—a special project for President Obama, who has commuted the sentences of 942 people, primarily non-violent drug offenders serving long sentences.

Although Trump has previously said that he supports legal pot, there’s concern among advocates of legalization that if Chris Christie or Rudy Giuliani is nominated to lead the Department of Justice, they might crack down in states where marijuana is legal. At the same time, as US News notes, the financial windfall in legal pot might discourage a federal crackdown—a telling illustration of RZA’s point.

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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