No, what Kayne West said doesn’t become a “difference of opinion.”

 

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.

-Knurly 

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9 thoughts on “No, what Kayne West said doesn’t become a “difference of opinion.””

  1. I think that something very unique happened when Donald Trump was elected President. I think that there had been tens of millions of Americans who had been living with racist, bigoted, hateful hearts that they were hiding for a very long time and they saw the fact we had a “tell it like it is” President, meant that it was OK to now openly be themselves.
    One argument would be, “Isn’t it better to know that these people are ignorant racists than have them hide it?” I understand that, but I think a society operates most effectively when people are trying to be on their best behavior, even if that means not completely being yourself in public. These people know that they have viewpoints that are wrong or they would have been sharing them all along.
    It may be “refreshing” people speak their minds, but it doesn’t mean we need to applaud the content of their minds. In fact, many times, we need to tell them, “No, you are wrong. That is not acceptable.” You can be racist all you want, but as a society, we need to stand against it and tell people they are wrong for it.
    We all have that black sheep cousin or uncle at the family reunions who gets a little tipsy and starts blurting too much. You just shake your head and move on. They’re not refreshing…they’re troubled. It’s not refreshing to have them be President or one of the biggest names in entertainment. It just shows poor judgment on the part of the rest of us for letting it happen.

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    1. Exactly, it’s no longer acceptable to me to stand by and let racism run rampant. If we do not speak, we are failing all of those who will be affected (and even killed) by these injustices. It’s true it’s nice to know where people really stand, but we have to say something when we see these types of statements being made. As always, thank you for your comment Joshua!

      -Knurly

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  2. I’m a Canadian who is watching what happens in the US on the sidelines. It’s pretty crazy how Trump has affected our own population as well. A lot of conservative politicians are coming out with platforms that sound eerily like that of Trump, often with a lot of negative bias against immigrants. This is terrifying for a country that deems itself “a mosaic of cultures”.

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    1. I know, I feel the US does kind of set examples and trends in the world (maybe I’m wrong, but I always feel like the world is watching the US). And when we set bad examples, we are failing ourselves as well as others. I’ve noticed more headlines about racism in Canada lately – like that lady at Denny’s. It’s disconcerting to say the least! It’s all bubbling to the surface.

      -Knurly

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  3. I read the original blog post, your responses, their responses to you and the second post (edited)……….and thought “go Knurly!” and “boo, Hiss, Unnamed person”. The emergence of hatred into the open disturbs me immensely. I grew up and was active in the racial equality movement. I though it was bad in the 60’s. It is much worse now, and we all of us have to express our refusal to accept bias and hatred towards others different than ourselves. That being said, I find myself a hypocrite now, as I have been taught how to hate. I quite literally hate the president, his followers, family and co-conspirators in the attempt to turn this country into a place where only white “christian” men have rights.

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    1. I know what you mean, the polarization of the spectrum is crazy. Now I don’t think the original poster meant to be bigoted and hateful, but I think they didn’t really have the balls to call out their favorite artist. I get it, if my favorite band did something wrong, it would be really hard for me to not defend them – but we must practice what we preach. It’s crazy that you think things are worse now than they were before! People always like to say that the civil rights movement was the end of racism, but it’s increasingly obvious that it was not – not by a longshot.

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