The Brooklyn-born rapper was sitting court-side at a Nets game on Tuesday with wife Beyonce when he was snapped wearing the controversial symbol.
One of the core tenants of the Five Percent Nation an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam is that white people are “wicked and inferior” to black men.
When asked if the medallion holds any importance to him, Jay Z said: “A little bit” Jay Z was spotted wearing the nation’s symbol last year while giving radio interviews for his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. A representative for the Five Percenters said Jay-Z is not an active member and shouldn’t be wearing regalia unless he subscribes to their beliefs.
Race game: The Five Percent Nation is an
offshoot of the Nation of Islam and one of the core tenants is that white people are “weak” and “inferior” to black men who hold the power of God.
This isn’t the first time that the rapper has been connected to the Five-Percenters. He was photographed wearing another similar medallion while giving radio interviews for his album Magna Carta Holy Grail last summer.
And in “Heaven” a track on that album, Jay-Z references the Five-Percenters acronym for Allah by rapping “Arm leg leg arm head”.
The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 by Clarence Smith, a former student of Malcolm X. But Smith decided to split off from the Nation of Islam after disagreeing over the idea of God.
Smith didn’t believe that God was a supernatural being, but rather something found in every black man [black women do not have God in them and are considered subordinates but still hold a higher standing than white people].
Which means he disagreed with the Nation of Islam’s belief that founder Wallace Fard Muhammad was God since Muhammad was bi-racial and not ‘purely black’.