Nas has penned an emotional letter about racial inequality in America.
The 41-year-old rapper took to Instagram to express his outrage, accusing the country of “selling a false dream.”
“We’ve obviously progressed since the inception of this nation but we took our eye off the ball and it feels as though things are moving backwards,” he writes.
“As a black man, I find it difficult to understand that our biggest export (our American culture) comes from us. The people in the streets… The way the world dresses, talks, what they listen to, what they watch… That all comes from us.
He adds: “How can we be the ones responsible for America’s biggest export & fear for our lives like we shouldn’t belong here.”
Nas goes on to write that he understands the problem can’t be solved overnight, “but there needs to be some questions answered to get things back on the track of righteousness.”
“Amazing people died for this country,” he continues. “We owe it to the past, present & future to come together and move this country in the right direction.”
The letter comes in the wake of last week’s Charleston church massacre, in which alleged gunman Dylann Roof shot and killed nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Read the letter in full below: