Brad Terrance Johnson, aka Scarface has become the latest rapper to speak out against the unjust treatment that black Americans have endured at the hands of law enforcement. “I feel like we’re being hunted,” Scarface told The Huffington Post during an in-studio interview.
With a look that teetered between disgust and smoldering anger, Scarface recalled the public lynchings of the 20th century and stressed that today, police officers have carte blanche. “It’s like the society believes what the officers say, and he’s got way more of a reason to lie than we do, than I do,” he told host Marc Lamont Hill. “You killed that man. And he don’t even get a day in court. Well, not that the judicial system is set up for us to benefit from in any fucking way. You dead on both sides, man. You are.” Scarface’s comments come only days after Eric Harris, an unarmed black man, was run down by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Harris was fatally shot, accidentally, but an improperly-trained volunteer cop and was told “Fuck your breath” as he panted and bled on the blacktop.
Hill pressed Scarface about peaceful protesting, asking the Geto Boys MC if the traditional form of pushback may no longer be effective. Scarface, however, promptly dodged the question, knowing full well how much flack he could potentially catch for encouraging anything otherwise.
The interview’s most poignant moment came as Scarface spoke directly to witnesses of police brutality. “If these people…[and] don’t see that it’s an injustice in the system when it comes to dealing with the minority, then we’re going to continue to have this fucking problem,” he told Hill. “If you see it’s fucked up, say it’s fucked up. If you see it’s fucked up, you’ve got to say it. I don’t give a fuck if you’re white, black, green or brown. You’ve got to say it.” Watch Scarface’s concise rebuke of cop brutality below and watch his complete Huff Post Live interview here.