Yesha Callahan

Kanye West Says Racism Is a Dated Concept

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When it comes to social commentary, the last one who needs to speak on it is Kanye West. In a recent interview, West told a reporter that he thought racism was a dated concept.

“Racism is a dated concept. It’s like a silly concept that people try to touch on … to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything, it’s stupid. … 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 played out, like a style from the 1800s,” West stated.

Well it must be nice to live the rich life wearing rose-colored glasses. The funny thing about his comments is that it’s always people like him upon the receipt of their “Negro, wake-up” slap in the face that shows them just how really racism really is, then they become champions for justice.

“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 that: It bounces,” continued the rapper. “That’s racism. It’s not an actual thing that even means anything.”

Must be nice to be a “new Black.”

Clutchettes, what do you think about Kanye’s comments?

  1. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    Raise your hand if you are NOT surprised at this nonsense. When I heard Kanye’s rambling speech on BET Honor, it only confirmed that he was “special.” It also confirms why I never liked him.

    Anyway, I expect nothing more from him. There’s nothing like cooning before the master making him think you are one of those good “N’s.”

    • March 15, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Hello Sister.

      Racism is a stupid concept. The problem is that it has been used by the oligarchy to oppress people globally today. There has been a recent study showing that many Millennials believe in the same racist stereotypes as their parents. Therefore, we can’t be naive about the viciousness of racism. Some of the younger generation view racism as solely about overt slurs being used and overt discrimination. Racism can be slick and microaggressions can be part of racism as well.

      Kanye West is a creative man, but there are certain issues where I disagree with him on. Nationalists and socialists even agree that after 1968, there has been the growth of black millionaires, black billionaires, black mayors, and black Congress people. The problem is that there has been the growth of the upper middle class of black people, but the masses of black people still suffer economic inequality (especially after the great recession, becuase the recession caused a massive decrease in the wealth of the black community). There is the stagnation of wages.

      Racism must be defeated and combatted. Too many kids think that the battle is over when it is not. We have to fight evil and too many people are not honest about how racism relates to colorism, economic oppression, and other problems. We don’t live in a post-racial society. So, we must defeat classism and racism.

      • March 15, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        Hey truth! Amen to all you said, truth. You know, there’s a word that stands out, and that is the word, “truth.” To combat racism/White supremacy, people have to be aware of the truth, i.e. what it is, what it means, and what the big picture is. If people aren’t willing to face it, how can it be combated? They system isn’t willing to give up their place in the hierarchy of America. You hit the head on the nail, as well, when you mentioned that we weren’t thought of in 1776. America was built for them on our backs.

        I mean, truth, it’s crazy, but why are Blacks are publicly attacked more than any other group?

        I’m so happy that many are waking up. There’s so much I can say regarding your comments, but I’ve got to get going.

        Anyway, great outlook and comments as usual!

        • March 15, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Exactly Sister noirluv45.

          How can we respect a system that doesn’t really respect us as human beings in the first place. Black people as ideologically diverse as Dr. King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, and Fannie Lou Hamer knew and understood that. There is nothing evil about promoting our interests legitimately. As Frederick Douglas have said, we can’t be free unless we struggle and fight for it.

          Enjoy your day Sister. 🙂

  2. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    But about a decade ago it was all “racisms still alive they just be concealing it” lol. So racism was alive in 2004, but in 2015, it’s dated concept.
    He’s so far out of touch with reality. It’s embarrassing. He used to be my fave smfh.

    • March 16, 2015 - Reply

      @disqus_6sinns1216

      Yep, he used to be my favorite rapper also. What did they slip in his coffee?

  3. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    WTF? Isn’t this the same negro that was throwing a temper tantrum because he couldn’t breakthrough the European fashion world and had to go through the ‘back door?’ and yelling racism? Or I am confused?
    I can’t with him….

  4. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    This is the same man that said,”George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” I just wished the reporter would of brought up the statement he said in 2005 and asked him what made his views on racism today change? There’s nothing wrong with changing some of your values and beliefs because sometimes it may be the best for your personal growth and it is likely to change over time whether it’s due to education or life experiences. But Kanye’s new belief on racism does not work best for us and this country. Kanye isn’t blind he sees what’s going on but he’s not living in “our world” anymore. Trying to erase a problem such as racism without fixing it will only keep us systematically and institutionally disadvantaged as a group. I think money and status has shifted his view on racism today but he probably won’t admit to that.

    **Kanye starts talking about racism at the
    6:34 mark

    • March 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Naturally Creole

      “…the same man that said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ …”

      My thought.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Ummmm, Racially ambiguous wife (Kanye: “Me and my friends like ‘mutts'”) + offspring =

      “Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Black People”???

    • March 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Naturally Creole

      “This is the same man that said,”George Bush doesn’t care about black
      people.” I just wished the reporter would of brought up the statement he
      said in 2005 and asked him what made his views on racism today change?”

      That’s the first thing that I thought about also.

  5. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    I thought he meant that the basis for racism has been proved false, and the people just hanging on to racist ideas just want to have something to occupy themselves, like they’re simple, like a cat with a ball. Are you interpreting Kanye was saying racism doesn’t exist?
    That’s what I took from it. Kanye West is a little long winded and uses a lot of metaphors. For me, it was a hard but interesting interview to listen to.

  6. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    Coons like Koonye are to be laughed at…let us laugh.

  7. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    To even think something that makes sense would come from Kanye’s mouth is absolutely insane. Kanye is just a rapper, stop right there, no need to go any further. Instead of using his God-given position to do positive , he does crazy.
    The people from Chicago don’t just think he is a joke, they know it. You are just finding out ~~!!

    • March 16, 2015 - Reply

      @stylecreator

      There are some rappers who have valid things to say, but Kanye is not one of them at the moment. The rapper Kendrick Lamar is currently doing an excellent job of properly using his rap platform.

  8. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    I always knew this man lived in the country of Imaginary Land, I just didn’t know he was so lost in it. This man does not interest me enough to be taken seriously. lol

  9. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    I’m just waiting on the day when his “ride or die” wife serves him with those papers and cleans him out. He’s gonna feel mighty black in court!

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      She has her own money. And despite her superficiality, I think she actually loves him.

  10. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t think this man is going to live very long. He’s extremely troubled. Very unstable.

    • March 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Yes, I'm That Leah

      I have thought one day Kanye will stage his own fake death, for the sole purpose to see how the world mourns his absence. If everyone does not grieve for him the way we did for, say Michael Jackson, he will resurrect himself and make an album about how under appreciated he is.

      • March 16, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        I am cracking up at your comment. You have thought about this before, haven’t you? LOL The sad part is, this sounds just like the type of stunt that Kanye would pull. The problem is, Kim K. would probably do something foolish to ruin his plan, like talk about how she just saw him 2 hours ago.

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          @ALM247

          LOL.

  11. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    Between this negro, Steve Harvey’s ‘i don’t give a damn about slavery’, Dr. Ben Carson’s rabid conservatism comparing Obamacare to slavery, Don Lemon on any given day, Lee Daniels protecting the oppressed white masses with his claims of ‘reverse racism’— Let’s not forget the special snowflake who just defended his bromance with the racist white frat boy, all because ‘so and so fed me and let me hang out with him, he can’t be racist.” And oh yes, a Black president who still cannot bring himself to talk openly about Black Americans being used as target practice by law enforcement, with his professorial ‘both sides have a lot of work to do” bullshit. Why are there so many Black males either shouting their ignorance from the rooftops like this, or in Obama’s case too skurred to talk about the racism plague in this country? It’s embarrassing.

    • March 16, 2015 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      Those of us who ain’t skurred have got to call out punks when we see them!

      • March 16, 2015 - Reply

        @Anthony

        Your advocacy and intelligence is greatly appreciated, Anthony. And I know there are other Black men in real life who speak up about these types of things also. It’s just disheartening when there are so many Black males in the public eye who are hell bent on currying favor with White folks so badly. They are certainly ‘punks’ as you refer to them. And chicks like that Sheryl whatsername who decided to talk about good, silky white hair vs. ‘nappy’ hair–I don’t know what to say about Black people like her either.

        • March 16, 2015 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          These are wise words from you. We have to publicly expose and oppose racism without exception.

        • March 16, 2015 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          Someone in my family told me that Sheryl Underwood recently was the subject of an episode of TvOne’s
          “Unsung:
          Hollywood”. From what they told me, her bio reads like one of the more
          tragic Hollywood movies. There was a lot of rape, etc. I guess all of
          those attacks messed up her mind. She needs some intensive therapy.

      • March 16, 2015 - Reply

        @Anthony

        Exactly.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      It’s so shameful it’s painful. And they do need to be called out regularly…

  12. March 16, 2015 - Reply

    @Coffinator This is also the jest that I get from what he is saying. That is, that because of so many strides and quote unquoye, ” so many leaps”, that racism has been proven false yet, there are still people who want to hage onto it.

  13. March 16, 2015 - Reply

    At this point Kanye just drops contradictory sound bites for attention. Whoever replaced the post-Katrina Kanye with this soulless robot posing as Kanye needs to be imprisoned.

  14. March 16, 2015 - Reply

    Why is there even any mention of this fool?

  15. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    Disclaimer: Listening to Kanye West speak to an interviewer is aggravating as h*ll, for me. He is definitely a quintessential Gemini: he speaks in circles and is wishy-washy with his opinions. I just wish one of these interviewers just tell that ninja to calm down, think about the message that he is trying to convey and stop attempting to incoporate prose and soliloquies into ‘everyday conversation’. He sounds like an intellectual try-hard.
    Just an observation: I’ve seen a few Kanye interviews and I’ve noticed one thing. Kanye’s demeanor and character changes up based off of the interviewer. I’ve noticed that he is more subdue when he is speaking to a non-Black interviewer. When he is speaking to a Black interviewer, he is amped up.

  16. March 22, 2015 - Reply

    It surprises me that of a 34 minute interview of some very intelligent insight that 30 second of comment on his views of racism is the headline and the focus of 90% of people.

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