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Trump Misunderstands Jay-Z and the Black Community

The president’s tweet directed at the rapper shows that he still doesn’t grasp the actual issues black Americans are struggling with.
Source: Kevork Djansezian / Reuters

Capitalism has worked out really well for Jay-Z. So well, in fact, that he recently dedicated an to promoting capitalism as a tool of black empowerment. But even with promises of lowered taxes, and financial incentives for the wealthy—things that a wealthy capitalist should in theory love— Sean “Jay-Z” Carter still doesn’t think that

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