Ok, no. I followed (yeah, past tense) this blogger. She recently made a list of unpopular opinions post, and obviously I clicked because that’s always interesting. The first prong on the list was about how Kayne West was one of her favorite rappers. I quickly commented about how he recently said that slavery was a choice. You can see that interview here. Then I went about my day, and came back to the biggest non-answer in history. Here it is:
A third person jumped in too, which made me kinda laugh. “We’re all human and we aren’t perfect,” is not an excuse for saying that slavery was a choice, and no, he didn’t mean it “mentally.” I recall another person who was “refreshing” for speaking their mind “without worry of the backlash.” Now he’s the first president with twitchy Twitter finger.
I’m pretty sure the original poster went back and edited their post, because when I scrolled up it said this (and I don’t have a screenshot of it when I first commented, darn, so maybe this was there to being with? But I kinda doubt it):
Wow, she’s so secure in her opinion she went back to edit her post to put some more
clarification bullshit in. Either way, we’re not going to chill, because he literally did mean actual slavery. It’s very obvious. RE: The original interview. He only mentions that mental shit later on, and it does not directly clarify anything.
In fact, Kayne went on twitter to clarify, you can read those tweets here. He mentioned he “would not allow his tongue to get cut.” Ok, yeah, I’m sure slaves really had a choice in that matter. And second, so what if people were “mentally enslaved” despite the “numbers.” That’s totally victim blaming. So what if the slaves revolted (which they did several times). Where did you expect them to go or do? No, there were not more black people than white people in the states even at that time. They would have eventually been met with militia, and I doubt they had access to weaponry.
Yeah, so here’s what were not gonna do: act like what he said was alright. It’s OK to call out people that you follow, because as it was pointed out, they’re human! Yes, that means they make mistakes that we can criticize, not that they can make mistakes without criticism. Especially when they have so much power and influence. But as I stated, it’s not productive to act like what was said was fine. That’s willful ignorance followed by false justifications.
Maybe: Don’t defend his actions, just admit you don’t care what he said – because at least I can respect the truth rather than some fake “positive” nonsense. Bloggers often try to maintain this “positive” tone but at a certain point we need to get real. That would have been a great moment for her to do so, but instead she opted to go back into the original post with the weakest argument ever: oh, he didn’t mean it like that. No, he kinda did, and you kinda don’t want to admit it because you idolize him. I get it, nobody likes when their hero falters.
Anyway, I think I’ve made my point: Careful who and how you idolize. Finally, I’d like to add that I wasn’t sure whether or not to reveal the blogger’s identity as in: is this the WordPress version of subtweeting? But I don’t need to in order to make a point, so I’m not going there.