J. Cole Believes He Might Not Be As Successful If He Had Dark Skin

In a new interview with BET,  J. Cole has some poignant things to say about race and the color of his skin affecting his success as a rapper in America. In a candid moment, J. Cole reveals that he believes his light skin might have positively affected his career and propelled him to a larger success than he would not have had if he were born with a darker complexion. He also spoke about his belief that President Obama would not have been elected without his lighter skin, too.

“But Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin.” Cole told BET. “You know what I mean? That’s just the truth.  I might not be as successful as I am now if I was dark skin. I’m not saying that for sure, I’m still as talented as I am and Obama is still as smart as he is, but it’s just a sad truth…”

While Cole lamented his belief that the complexion of his skin has been advantageous to his career, he still says that his status as a black man in America has adversely affected his life, too. When asked about his personal experiences with racism in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, J. Cole offered a recent example of racial profiling that he believes happened to him in New York City.

“I just got pulled over on 42nd street in Times Square for what I believe was nothing.” Cole explained. “They said it was for tints on my front window, which is barely tinted. I really believe it was because I had my hat low. I was driving through Times Square and I just didn’t want to be seen. So I had my hat low and I think I was looking “suspicious” just as a Black man with my brim low, when I was really just trying to cover my face. They came to my window, pulled me over. I feel like if I was a white man driving, they wouldn’t question me about my tints.”

 Last week, New York City’s controversial “Stop & Frisk” policy was overturned by a federal judge but it seems as if racial profiling is still happening in the city even to famous musicians like J. Cole.

[Via BET]

  • C. Jole

    Shut up with the fuckin’ ‘conspiracy theory’.
    What colour is Denzel Washington?
    Fuckin’ joke.
    I’m white and from Liverpool, England.
    We’re always getting pulled over in our cars, because they think we’re up to no good.
    Colour doesn’t always have to be the case.
    Grow up Cole… ‘n this comes from a massive fan of your’s too. (Saw you in Manchester last year).

    • JC

      that’s the thing man, you LIVE IN ENGLAND. if you were in america you would know this kind of profiling is like the elephant in the room. I’m glad Cole spoke about this elephant. Your naiveness is laughable..

      • rahting

        Don’t be fooled. I live in the UK. England is just as, if not MORE racist than the United States. We could never elect a black president in this country. Racial disparities in health, wealth distribution, housing, police profiling are similar to the United States.

        • http://starswired.com/ ☮ Djed ☥ Freethinker

          Nope! America is worst,and this coming from a black person who lived in london for 14 years.

      • Whatyofeetsmelllike

        The UK is worse than America. They hate Muslims and Indians mostly though.

    • Gene Starwind

      Well I’m black and from England, Racial profiling is prevalent and I don’t see why you cannot comes to terms with this, and believe its a conspiracy theory.
      As for your point on Denzil Washington, it makes no sense, are you suggesting that because you have not heard Denzil Washington complain about profiling, it some how does not exists?

      • C. Jole

        No, you fool. I’m saying he’s ‘darker black’ than Cole and much more wealthy and famous. So, straight away, that point doesn’t stand up.
        Also, I’m not disagreeing with the fact that racism is prevalent in the US, just saying that it’s not always why police pull you over in your car.
        Maybe it was to do with his violation (tinted windows), and not some other hidden agenda.
        Not trying to get into dissing Cole, countries or races; just saying maybe it’s not always because of colour?

    • rahting

      White people reluctant to partake in constructive dialogue about racism because it makes them uncomfortable. WHAT’S NEW lol White people may suffer from classism, patriarchy, homophobia etc. but your whiteness makes you immune from experiencing structural racism. You need to grow up!

      • C.Jole

        You haven’t got a clue what you’re on about.
        I’m far from anything you said.
        Just like I don’t know everything about you or your upbringing, don’t presume to know me.
        You ignorant piece of shit.

    • rahting

      ”What colour is Denzel Washington?” Please don’t use tokenism to argue your case. Individual success doesn’t trump the collective experience/oppression.of dark-skinned people of color.

      • C. Jole

        Missed my point exactly; it’s called sarcasm.
        A thing the Brits have grasped much better than you guys definitely.
        The Office compared to the US version; case in point.

      • Whatyofeetsmelllike

        Denzel got there because he had to fight and trained hours a day to beat himself into hollywood. That’s why you never hear anything crazy about him

  • Gene Starwind

    So what if Denzil Washington is richer and darker skinned, jay-z is lighter skinned and even richer and still is labelled with that black drug dealer stereotyped till this day by certain media outlets. Remember the people mentioned our celebrities the situation is significantly worse for the average person.

    • C. Jole

      Fuckin’ hell, u really cannot grasp what I have said, can you?
      Denzel was just an example to show Cole was talkin’ shit.
      There are numerous others we could compare, but as stated, that isn’t the point.
      By the way, Jay-Z WAS (apparently) a drug dealer, and has glorified that throughout his catalogue. So, again, maybe that’s why he’s labelled as that?
      You absolute joke!

  • Gene Starwind

    I can see your Northern education has failed you. If the stereotype still follows him obliviously I know about his past ( some of us have listened to reasonable doubt). This delusion that you have that being of a lighter complexion cannot be an advantage in certain circumstances just shows you have no idea of the role that complexion can p,ay in the black experience.

    • C. Jole

      What the fuck are you on about? Northern education? Don’t presume to know me; keep it about the topic.
      Or then again, your complete lack of education means you can’t even do that!
      Btw, it’s ‘are’ not ‘our’, you absolute idiot!
      I’ve got even Hov’ album you tit. What I’m saying is, he’s told us throughout that he was a hustler, so don’t complain that he gets ‘profiled’ due to this.
      To be honest though, he doesn’t at all. Plus, HE doesn’t complain.
      Just you, trying to win an argument using completely invalid points.
      “just shows you have no idea of the role that complexion can p,ay in the black experience.” Is this even English?! Your lack of coherence means I find it extremely difficult to respond.
      My initial point wasn’t meant to spark a ‘race debate’; merely just to say that J. Cole was tripping if he thinks he was only pulled over due to the colour of his skin, and also that ‘darker’ people than him have gone on to have huge success.
      I have no ill feeling towards any other human, regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, sex or sexual orientation.
      Maybe you should educate yourself, before trying to get moralistic.
      You absolute muppet!