Australian rapper 360 has called out Australia for racism telling the audience of the ABC’s Q&A that he identifies the Australian flag with racism.
Matt Cowell aka 360 is one of Australia’s biggest and most successful hip-hop artists. His most recent album ‘Utopia’ reached number two on Australia’s ARIA album.
“The Australian flag to me has become … I identify it with racism,” he said on Q&A.
360 went on to tell this story: “On Australia Day you see a bunch of dudes with their tops off and they are getting on the drink and all that. They’ve got an Australian flag wrapped around their neck. I have seen it so many times. I’ve been in a taxi where we’ve pulled up because these dickheads have been walking across the road. They started yelling at the taxi driver ‘get out of this country’ and ‘this is not your country’ and they are wearing Australian flags. I’ve seen it so much, growing up and still today. It’s pathetic”.
The rapper also said racism is right through the hip-hop community. “In hip-hop in this country there is a lot of racist people,” he said. “It is not all, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want those people at my show. I don’t want anything to do with them”.