These Dumb Civil Rights Quotes Are Brought To You By Kanye West’s Deposition

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08.06.14 57 Comments
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Kanye West goes nowhere without his laminated race card.

TMZ got its grubby hands on transcripts from the rapper’s deposition in the now settled case where he was accused of going full blowfish and attacking a paparazzo in July 2013. Just like in his GQ article, Tupac Back thinks there’s a similarity between what Black folks went through in the 1960s to the hardship and struggles celebrities face today.

Kanye explains to Nate Goldberg, the photog’s lawyer, “I’m in the business of trying to make dope s**t for the world. You’re in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there’s this lapse in the law.”

Goldberg grills Kanye about his song, “Flashing Lights,” — a rant against the paparazzi. Goldberg quotes from the song, “Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these ni**as got me.”

At that point Kanye interrupts, “You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ‘n’ word around me.” adding, “It offends me because you’re a white person saying ‘ni**a.'”

Kanye says there’s a parallel between blacks fighting for civil rights in the ’60s and celebs fighting for theirs today: “I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die N****r’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also.” Goldberg asks if he equates the struggle of blacks in the past with celebrities today and Kanye says, “Yes, 100 … I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities.”

Kanye goes on, “We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this — guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check.”

I’ve stopped trying to understand Kanye since I came to the conclusion that not everything requires an explanation. There’s no sense to be made of a man who complains feverishly about cameras stalking him and his family but is married to a woman whose career is built and sustained by cameras stalking her and her family.

If he hates the paps so much, why doesn’t he just go across the hall and tell his wife and mother-in-law to stop? It really is that simple. Seriously.


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