Ok, is it time to cancel Kanye West now? These past two weeks Kanye West has been at peak levels of trolling and aggravation. This time, however, he crossed a line! To say that “slavery was a choice” isn’t a comment that is said with a deeper context or something that we won’t get at the surface level. It’s just insulting to our history. Kanye, at this point, is completely out of pocket!
Before I explode let’s backtrack. On TMZ Live today, Kanye West was interviewed about his love for Donald Trump and other topics related to his Twitter rants. At a point in the interview, he said his controversial slavery comments. He said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of you all? You know, it’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison ’cause slavery goes too — too direct to the idea of blacks. So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”
Bro, what is he talking about? I don’t think Kanye can even fathom the conditions that our ancestors went through those 400 years that they were in bondage. For him to say something so insensitive is insane to me. This further proves to me that Kanye’s antics over the past few years is because he doesn’t have the centering of his Mom in his life, who died in 2007 from complications of surgery. His mom wouldn’t have this. Being a college professor and coming from the background she did, she would’ve put Kanye in check a while ago.
I love Kanye’s music. I believe that musically he’s one of the best musical artists we’ve experienced. The trends he set and the things that he’s done with rap music is amazing and it’s true that the man shifted the culture. However we have to now look at the realization that we have to separate the words of the man from the art that he’s created. If you still want to listen to Kanye’s music, it’s cool. I still will. I just can’t support him as a person and I it’s sad to me that he’s taken this turn. Oh, and I will be listening to the new album but I definitely won’t be putting any money in his pocket. Just fill in the blanks….
Carissimo, Justin. “Kanye West under Fire after Saying Slavery Was a Choice.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 1 May 2018, www.cbsnews.com/news/kanye-west-under-fire-after-saying-slavery-was-a-choice-2018-05-01/.