Kanye West, a major and influential figure in pop music and with young black African-Americans particularly, has been a constant force for racial division, most notably when he told a live national audience that the response to the New Orleans recovery after Katrina was deliberately slow in order to harm African Americans. Despite the fact that he has repeatedly revealed himself to be a shameless jerk as well—really, it’s inconceivable that someone of such taste and class as Kim Kardashian would marry someone like that, but who can map the human heart?—West continues to promote racial distrust and division, making the musician a cultural and societal pollutant, the human national equivalent of Flint water.
His latest racist outburst was a series of tweets yesterday to his millions of followers that proceeded this way, within a minute…
To Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, New York Times, and any other white publication. Please do not comment on black music anymore…
I love love love white people but you don’t understand what it means to be the great grandson of ex slaves and make it this far…
The system is designed for colored people to fail and one of our only voices is music. One of our only ways out is music.
Hilariously, West’s complaint was that a Pitchfork review “only” gave his album a “9 out of 10” rating. He explained that he deserved a “30 out of 10.”
This is more evidence that strong, vocal and influential forces in pop culture and the black community have abandoned the goals of racial respect, integrated society and equal justice and opportunity for the new goals black separation, special status, double standards, and disrespect. This has been the message of protesting activists on dozens of campuses; it was the message of the Black Lives Matter/Black Panthers salute Americans were subjected to by Beyoncé at the Super Bowl halftime show, and that is West’s irresponsible message as well.
Kanje has decreed some new rules, apparently :
1. Black celebrities can decree what whites understand or not, but white publications—funny, I thought blacks read the New York Times too, especially since black racists write for it…can’t review black artists. Even black reviewers for “white” publications? Give me time, Kanye: I’m white, and this is hard for me…
2. When black entertainers make racist comments including “I love you people, but..” it will not be taken as condescending crap, as it would and should be when any white speaker talks like that about blacks like Kanye.
3. Everyone, especially black youths, needs to recognize that the United States has intentionally designed its society and laws to make African Americans fail.
4. Black celebrities can talk about “colored people,” but whites are racist if they do.
5. African Americans should be immune from any standards, judgments and criticism, except those coming from other African-Americans, because the distance between the races is unbridgeable, and needs to stay that way.
The depressing thing is that there appears to be no black role model of equivalent prominence who has the communication skills, courage and integrity to stand up and explain what is wrong with Kanye West and the ideas about race and America that he represents.
I mean, where would we find one? I can’t even imagine where to begin looking…