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01/26/2016 05:40 pm ET

Nick Cannon Says The Oscars Debate Is A Distraction From Other Important Issues

Cannon also supports Chris Rock's decision to remain the host of the annual ceremony.

#SpokenSunday #Oscar #poetry #DontBeDistracted OscarDamn! Look what they did to Oscar.Nah, not another trophy rant.I'm talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray.Why we trust what the news say anyway?It's blasphemous, don't get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues. It's just fake gold and plastic.We come from Pharaohs with no masters.What happened? We went from golden tombs to closed caskets.The Black Plague, they want us to catch it.Just ask Magic, Malcolm, Martin, Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby. It's tragic. How the enemy can tear down our community and rewrite the history by highlighting our flaws.But let he who cast the first stone, who constitutes the new laws.Nah, I ain't never seen Empire but I serve my own throne.What I look like begging them to let royalty into they home.As for me and my house, we'll serve the Lord!We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board.Better yet, when's the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards?I want what's mine, not yours.Fuck getting my foot in.I'm building my own doors.Hollywood mainstream don't validate me, yo. Like Hov say, Save the accolades, just the doe.You in this show for the business, or this business for the show?Talent and brilliance? Hands down, man we got that shit. That's why I told Chris, man go 'head and rock that shit.You got the Juice now. Fight the Power.Hell yeah, I'm gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours. So don't waste your voice, don't waste your prayers.Save'em for the thousands killed in Nigeria, Kenya, The Philippines, Syria or right here in our urban areas.Low America.Nah, now no one cares.What about my mother raising a son while working three jobs and still equating to less than minimum wage?What about me being placed on medication before my system could age?What about that prison industrial system turning Brothers into new slaves?Where's the outrage? Where the complaints at?Overcoming obstacles, definition of Black.Hashtag #facts.But I guess they don't make no awards for that.Real talk.Real Kings don't need no pats on the back.#Dontbedistracted

Posted by Nick Cannon on Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nick Cannon has found a unique way to add his views on the conversations currently happening around the lack of diversity in Hollywood and the inclusion of people of color at award shows like the Oscars. 

Cannon suggested on Sunday in a spoken word clip posted on his Facebook page that these media topics were just mere tactics to distract America from much more pressing social justice issues.

“Look what they did to Oscar,” he said in the video. “Nah, not another trophy rant. I'm talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray. Why we trust what the news say anyway? It's blasphemous, don't get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues. It's just fake gold and plastic.”

While some critics have urged Chris Rock to step down from his second stint as the award ceremony's host, Cannon went on to add his support for the comedian and also hinted that he would probably tune in to watch the show.

"I told Chris, 'man go 'head and rock that sh*t,'" he said. "Hell yeah, I'm gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours."

Check out more of Nick Cannon’s Oscar poem in the clip above.

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