Kanye West opened his mouth and promptly inserted his foot in it once again during one of his rants at a show. As if his remarks about voting for Donald Trump weren’t enough, he also decided to share his two cents on racism and once again prove what a contradiction he can be at times.
“Before I get out of here I want to talk about race and the idea of racism in America and the world,” West said. From there, he went into a brief spiel on how the outcome of the presidential election wouldn’t affect racism in America. Instead of worrying about discrimination, ‘Ye suggests people just get over it.
“Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism,” he said. “This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s a f***ing fact. We are in a racist country.” He reportedly also told the crowd how, as a black man and a celebrity, he felt persecuted for supporting Trump but now feels “vindicated” by his victory in the presidential race.
Kanye West tonight speaking on racism in America. “Specifically to black people, stop talking about race so much.” pic.twitter.com/HTWlJgdq7E
— Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) November 18, 2016
Yes, the same Kanye who called out George Bush’s lack of concern for Hurricane Katrina victims was due to their skin color. The same Kanye who used the Confederate flag as part of his tour merch in recent years. The same one who once rapped that he might encourage his son to become a Republican “So everybody know he love white people.” He’s the same man who railed against the fashion industry, citing race as part of the reason why he wasn’t be accepted.
Yes, these are all the same Kanye. While he’s not reaching Lil Wayne levels of unchecked ignorance, he’s running very close. Actually, he was one utterance away of the phrase “all lives matter” to end up at the top of the list of celebs telling black people to check themselves and not the actions of crooked police, politicians, and other members of society who’ve made it hard on minorities for centuries.
People are entitled to their right to grow and change. It’s something I’ve had to acknowledge privately and publicly regarding Pusha T’s decision to get political. I may not agree with Pusha’s take, I can at least understand parts of his thought process on why he was pro-Clinton even though she and her husband supported the push that lead to thousands of young black males ending up in prison.
Kanye’s just a walking contradiction governed by his own self-interest and a refusal to face reality at certain times.