Hey, Jay Z, here’s what real activism look like:

Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier & Charlton Heston at Civil Rights March in Washington D. C.
Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier & Charlton Heston at Civil Rights March in Washington D. C.

Rapper Jay Z didn’t take too kindly to civil rights icon and movie legend Harry Belafonte criticism of he and his wife Beyonce saying that his very presence at any event is ‘charity.’ Here’s what Jay Z had to say:

“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity.” Jay Z said. “Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.”

“I felt Belafonte he just went about it wrong. Like the way he did it in the media, and then he big upped Bruce Springsteen or somebody. And it was like, ‘whoa,’ you just sent the wrong message all the way around…Bruce Springsteen is a great guy. You’re this Civil Rights activist and you just big upped the white guy against me in the white media. And I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m just saying what it is. The fact of what it was. And that was just the wrong way to go about it.”

Well, he can NEVER, NEVER be historically significant on social issues and, history in general, as Harry Belafonte and many others who paved the way for him to have a shot at being a success in America. Jay Z didn’t break down any barriers. Harry Belafonte did. Enough said. The Root’s Kelly Goff went there with Jay Z and his hubris in daring to criticize Belafonte for calling him out:

Goff then tore into the Jay Z. She opened by observing that Jay Z is not “on equal footing” with Belafontebecause the latter’s “legacy and impact on this country is so much far larger than Jay Z’s will ever be.”

“Harry Belafonte is someone who helped fund the freedom rides,” Goff said. “He’s the reason I can sit at this table with you all today because he helped fight for equality that way.”

“Meanwhile, you look at Jay Z’s philanthropic efforts; In 2010, he made about $63 million, he gave about $6,000 to his own charity,” Goff charged. Source: Mediaite

Jay Z seems to think because he is President Obama’s friend and he shows up for a Trayvon Martin march that he has solidified his place in history as a champion of justice and equality.  To echo his homey, ‘if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig’ and calling out Harry Belafonte is laughable.