Russell “Rush Card” Simmons: Romney Will Destroy Our People, Laugh All the Way to the Bank
by Yvette Carnell
Hip-hop multimillionaire and Yogi guru Russell Simmons decided to pen his thoughts about the upcoming presidential race, writing that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will “destroy our people and laugh all the way to the bank.”
Simmons continues, “EVERYTHING’S FOR SALE! And all of the money that is made on everything that is sold will be made on the backs of the poor and the working class. Take away social security, take away healthcare, privatize education, cut food assistance programs, outsource another war, eliminate services for women and then hide your money in off-shore accounts so we never know how much you made! In the Romney/Ryan administration, whatever you can pay for, you will be able to get, period.”
Simmons is right about the Romney and Ryan ticket, but his comments seem a bit duplicitous. I mean, isn’t Simmons “laughing all the way to the bank” at the expense of black people with his “Rush Card”, which charges outrageous rates of interest? What is the difference between pay day lenders and the Rush Card?
But this isn’t the first time Simmons has penned an editorial which has drawn criticism. He previously said that the age-old conflict between the Jewish nation and the Palestinian Authority is like a “rap beef” that could be fixed through “a little trust” and meaningful dialogue. That comment was probably one of the most breathtakingly naive ever, and bespoke a man who doesn’t understand the nature of the conflict, which is white supremacy. You’d think a black dude who made his millions in hip-hop would get that. Obviously not. Too much time paling around with Gwyneth Paltrow at the Hamptons, I suppose.
Simmons also came under fire when he tried to tamp down frustration over the Trayvon Martin killing, tweeting that “Trayvon Martin didn’t die so we can create a race war he died so we can promote better understanding. We must start honest dialogue.” Of course, Trayvon Martin died because George Zimmerman put a hole in his chest, not so Russell Simmons could use his Martin’s to promote his own meditation brand.
So, although I get the message that Simmons is sending, I doubt that he’s the one who should be sending it, since he plays on the same field, and by the same rules, as Romney.
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