Stumping for Trump, wearing a MAGA hat, and now waxing crapsodic - because that's what stable geniuses apparently do - that slavery was a CHOICE.
I can look past his Trump worship - Kanye Gump is naht a smaht man, Jenny - because he can support who he likes. And if he likes to support a man who has lived his life bathed in racism and grift and criminality? Well, he is just another piece of shit supporting the outhouse.
His doubling down on the backlash he received over his Tweets by wearing the MAGA hat? Well, he fits right in at the magachurch where acting petty and refusing to accept facts is the Gospel According to Puke.
But his interview with TMZ in which he stated, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice” is just beyond the pale, even for a proven idiot minus the savant like Kanye.
I watched his shameful ramblings just after reading an excerpt from a long buried interview with the last slave ship survivor, Cudjo Lewis, real name Kossula. Cudjo was interviewed by Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) back in 1931 over the course of three months. The interview languished unpublished in archives for decades.
I shared it yesterday and asked people to invest the time in reading it. And it does take time. Hurston transcribed it as it was spoken. In dialect, not cleaned up to make it easier reading. For me that made it even more heartwrenching, that much more immersive.
I am not a stupid person. I know our history, I have read myriad books, anecdotal accounts, tried my best to educate myself beyond the sanitized, Reader's Digest Condensed version taught in our schools. The mere word 'slavery' fills me with shame, revulsion, incredulity. That human beings stole other human beings and treated them like livestock - worse actually - is horrific. No, of course I never owned slaves, but the shame of being part of the trickle down that viewed these people as lesser than is real.
That there are still those who view black people this way? They are the lesser thans.
Politicians who casually abuse the word lynching to describe the public outcry over something they have done? Ignorant in the extreme. One of the most famous instances came from none other than Clarence Thomas, the second black Supreme Court Justice in our history. When he was nominated, he was also accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. The level of his how-dare-you towards her, another black person, was heinous.
At the height of the fallout he used these words: " As far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves."
Um, no, Clarence. It was then, and is now, the result of your own bad behavior. And invoking lynching to describe your public comeuppance during the hearings? THIS is lynching.
THIS is the only thing I can recall being draped around your neck.
Doesn't seem too tight.
Kanye, equally unenlightened as to why the lynching comparison is NOT EQUAL, went full victim after the fallout of his words began.
"They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut. They hung the most powerful in order to force fear into the others"
Kanye, no one cut your tongue out. You spew your garbage as much as you want. And as for the "most powerful"? They weren't and you aren't. Hear this now: CLAPBACK IS NOT LYNCHING. Clapback is what happens when someone with an amplified voice uses it to spread ignorance and arrogance.
Look, as a white woman, I admit I will never fully be able to comprehend the privilege I have, as it is simply something that has always been there, but I also do not deign to think I can ever fully internalize how offensive comments such as Kanye’s are. No, black people in this country today have not been bought, sold, indentured like so many of their ancestors, but they live with the legacy of that. ALL OF IT. The hand-me-down racism, the stereotypes, the societal roadblocks and prejudices. The stories of those who are gone missing from family memories not because of illness or natural causes, but because of lynchings at the hands of hordes of cheering white people. The fears of raising children in a country where being black while walking, driving, eating, shopping, breathing can result in their death. The closest I can even come are my fears for my transgender child. But even he is cloaked in the visual privilege of male whiteness.
Invest in Cudjo's memory. HE is a man worth your time.