Kanye West Says Blacks More Offended By a MAGA Hat Than Murdered Kids
Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West gave an in-depth interview to TMZ which set social media on fire over his slavery comments. But during the bizarre interview, Kanye also lamented the lack of black outrage over black-on-black crime in, for instance, a city like Chicago.
Kanye suggested that slavery was a “choice” for black people who were enslaved in America for over 400 years. That statement mesmerized and monopolized most of the media coverage of the TMZ appearance. What everyone should have focused on was dead kids in Chicago and what Kanye thinks of that situation.
Kanye West stirs up the TMZ newsroom over TRUMP, SLAVERY and FREE THOUGHT. There's A LOT more that went down … and the fireworks are exploding on @TMZLive today. Check your local listings for show times. pic.twitter.com/jwVsJCMPiq
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 1, 2018
“Black people have a tendency to focus and march when a white person kills a black person or wears a hat, but when it’s 700 kids being killed in Chicago it’s O.K.,” the Grammy-winner told the room of TMZ reporters. He literally stunned the room. In fact, TMZ journalist Van Lathan accused West of lying, though he admitted that the people helping in such communities largely do so without any praise. “There’s been more focus and more marches about whites killing blacks than kids in Chicago killing each other,” Kanye retorted. “Ninety percent of black people being killed are killed by other blacks.” And that is the blunt truth of it all. West may be nuts, or crazy like a fox, but he’s not wrong.
Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens then told Lathan that Kanye was indeed correct about black-on-black crime. “That’s a fact; black-on-black crime is a fact,” she said, noting that 90% of blacks killed are killed by other blacks. And you can’t blame it on the guns there either. Chicago has some of the strictest gun control in the nation. Kanye West likes and admires Candace Owens and the feeling is mutual on her part. It’s a bitter truth to be confronted by the black community and these two should be commended for doing so.
Kanye attempted to end the altercation by giving Lathan a hug. “I love you, bro,” he told the reporter. “I am sorry I hurt you with my words.” That’s being a bigger man about the whole political issue than most out there. He also suggested that instead of the black community continuously trashing President Trump, they might want to “try love.” The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, he noted.
There was much, much more to the TMZ interview as well. Concerning the MAGA hat, Kanye said this: “You can’t tell me what I’m supposed to do … I don’t subscribe to icons. You take the Nazi symbol, if you go to India, it is all over the place, but it doesn’t represent that. It represents something different. So to me to wear that [MAGA] hat means I want to make America great in my own way.” And that seems to be what he is doing.
As for the slavery, quote… here it is: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. You were there for 400 years, and it is all of y’all? It is like we are mentally in prison. I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. It is like slavery/Holocaust, Holocaust is Jews, and slavery is blacks. It is like we are one with the human race, we are human beings and stuff.” He later clarified the remark on Twitter, “The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea.” And again, he’s right on the mark here.
here's a clip of kanye saying slavery was a "choice" & tmz being the voice of reason pic.twitter.com/Rn438n5oLf
— Devan (@DevanJJoseph) May 1, 2018
Kanye also addressed getting addicted to opioids, his plastic surgery, his being labeled and white supremacy. He also tore into Barack Obama. But it was when he got to the politics of race and perceived reality that things got interesting… in a sane way. “This reality has been forced upon us. It is a choice just like when I said slavery is a choice. The reality. We can make our own reality. We can talk about history, but not too long. We need to talk about our now. We can fix and start loving each other now.
“I say we have no enemies. We don’t have enemies. Black people have a tendency to focus and march when a white person kills a black person or wears a hat, but when it is 700 kids being killed in Chicago, it is OK. It’s OK for blacks to kill blacks … There has been more focus and marches about whites killing blacks than kids in Chicago killing each other.” Chicago and the black community would do well to listen to Kanye on this issue, or the killing will never end.