Yes, on the one hand, he ( Ice T ) makes a valid point. A racist mind blurs lines. Poor can be the same as black, black is usually poor, both are the same, etc.
But to say all racist police officers target the poor because all minorities are poor in their minds is just a stereotype; it's devolving into the monster one hates.
At the end of the day, like Eddy Grant, it's his opinion. I respect that. And I do enjoy the energy of the song.
I feel we can never fully understand their viewpoint as blacks. When I say I get his message; it's not because I agree with it. But, such stereotyping triggered a study I'd read years back in relation to slavery and the holocaust, etc. It was in relation to holocaust research; however, it just now triggered my memory that slaves were included in that study. The trauma ( PTSD ) of those events can be passed down through genes, and thus generations. I have to wonder if 400+ years of oppression and racism have embedded themselves in black people, whereas whites literally haven't a clue.
Think about it, decades ago, particularly in the south, most blacks were slaves; and if not, the majority were certainly poor. Even after emancipation, they were poor; they were black; they were minority. Of course the police targeted them. It just had me connecting some dots. I'll try to locate that study, but I'm pretty certain it was in a psychology today mag. I remember it being conducted in New York by a Jewish doctor of psychology.
The problem with reading too much sometimes is that stuff gets pushed so far back to make room for new stuff that you can't remember the details, only that you've read it.