Confederate Flag Kanye WestKanye West is catching flak these days for all sorts of reasons.

Among his endless feuds and controversies, is his curious choice to prominently feature the confederate flag on t-shirts for his ongoing Yeezustour.

The confederate flag is largely viewed as a symbol of “dehumanization, injustice and pain” by the black community.

However, as far as Kanye is concerned it’s just a way for him to riff on his politically-charged single “New Slaves”.

“React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?” said West during an interview at Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP radio station on Monday.

“I just think people look cool in it. They look nice. And it’s colorless also,” he added. “It’s super hood and super white boy approved at the same time. That’s really what my style has always been.”

The Grio

This post originally appeared on The Grio. Republished with permission.

 

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  • Nelly

    “You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?”

    Sound familiar ? How is this any different than some of our very own people saying we can say ‘nigga’ because we’re TAKING THE POWER BACK ? or “It’s our word now.” That word has the same bad history as the confed flag.

    Now I’m not one to use that word and know plenty of other black folks who follow suit. But how can there be this much outrage for Kanye making this political statement (I do believe he’s trying to point out the hypocrisy), yet no outrage for these rappers/entertainers for “taking the power back” by saying ‘nigga’ ?

    Do I agree with the symbolism of the confederate flag and its history ? No. But I also don’t like hypocrisy.

    And another thing since I’m on the topic of entertainers. Did we forget that Kanye was the only black entertainer (unless I’m forgetting one) who spoke out against Barney’s racism?? Where was the almighty Jay? Kanye may say/do some questionable things, but there are other people (e.g. Donald Trump, Don Lemon – he’s said a lot of shit about black people before his support of Stop n Frisk -, politicians, etc.). If we’re gonna hold Kanye to a certain level of standards, we must also call out others who say/do outrageous/racist things to our people !