The rapper-entrepreneur has had an enormous amount of success as a musician, film and television personality. His ventures in apparel and professional sports have also been extremely successful. Over his 30 year-long career, his fortune has grown to $200 Million. But his belief is firm. As a black man, he faced hurdles a white person wouldn’t have had to. He could have been more successful if not for the colour of his skin.
When acting as an advisor, he says, When you come to ask me for some help . . . I will say, ‘If I get this deal closed for you, I want 10%,’ and then you say, ‘No.’ But if [it’s just a guy in a suit] . . . they sign right off.” as a businessman, he says, “If I was white, I think people would respect me more. People are not afraid to give those other cultures a percentage.”
It’s easy to ignore and set aside the racism, especially when it is in small things. But that’s the most dangerous kind of racism, the one that creeps up on you. Success is a measure of a person’s ability, but hurdles are often just another’s insecurity, projected.