If the "sunken place" had a sub-basement, that's where you'd find Kanye West right now.
In the last week, Yeezy has made headlines for expressing his support of Donald Trump. After he was called out by fans and critics alike, West decided to further articulate his reasoning, including an interesting exchange in which John Legend and others had to explain to Kanye about the political realignments over the past 50 years.
So, this brings us to today. Kanye West stopped by the TMZ studios to further elaborate on his love for Trump. Well, he opened his mouth and his brains fell out. In a portion of his explanation, he claimed that the enslavement of black people was "a choice" that black people made. In short, he stated that, given their numbers, the only reason he could see black people being slaves was because they decided to be.
Well, in a strange moment that left me both stunned and proud, TMZ reporter Van Lathan check Kanye to his face (the exchange starts at the 1:45 mark):
It went as follows:
Van Lathan:*"I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything.I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact, and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said.
And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.
Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real."*
Kanye West: "I'm sorry I hurt you."
Van Lathan:* "Bro, you’ve got to be responsible. Your voice is too big."
This last line pretty much sums it up. Even though many of us began writing Kanye off a while ago, he still has a platform.
Look, the reality is that he has the right to whatever political views he wants, even if they appear extremely ill-informed. But, Kanye needs to be mindful of how his words could be used to the detriment of the community of people he claims to care about.
Now, honestly, I think this is all a ploy to sell music but, to see him cooning like this is a crying damn shame.