Kanye West Says Racism ‘Is a Dated Concept’ [VIDEO]
Kanye West is no stranger to speaking his mind. He made some comments about racism in a recent interview that have sparked some controversy.
Speaking with Clique TV, Kanye made the claim that racism "is a dated concept." He went on, "It's like a silly concept that people try to touch on to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything. It's stupid." Kanye then elaborated on his thoughts via a metaphor involving cats, disinterest in playing with said cats and the introduction of a bouncing ball. He said, "It's like a bouncing ball in a room with two cats, or something, when you don't feel like playing with a cat. Let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has nothing, no purpose, anything other than it bounces. That's racism. It's not an actual thing that even means anything."
He went on to say, "It's something that was used to hold people back in the past, but now there's been so many leaps and breaking of the rules that it's like it's played out like a style from the 1800s or something." Kanye also cited powerful black figures like President Barack Obama and Jay Z as "black people that have broken the concept of race."
Kanye did recognize the harm of the n-word and how it feels to hear white people use it. He said, "It does hurt when we hear that because we're still in a generation that remembers when racism was a big thing that held people back."
But Kanye believes in taking the power away from certain words, "of breaking down these words and these stereotypes and this imagery." He said, "I took the Confederate flag and I just wore it on my arm like, 'Now what?' What If I, as a black guy, take this thing that's used to be racist against...and now what? Basically, you know, because people get so caught up in the wrong things and want to point fingers off of content over intent."
You can check out the full interview above.
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