Kanye West believes racism “isn’t an actual thing.”
Yes, in an interview with ‘Clique TV’, the ‘New Slaves’ rapper revealed that he believes the “concept” is a “dated” one, sharing his thoughts before the release of his latest studio album ‘So Help Me God.’
His thoughts below…
In a recent interview with Clique TV, he described it “dated,” saying, “It’s like a silly concept that people try to touch on…to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything. It’s stupid.””It’s like a bouncing ball in a room with two cats, or something, when you don’t feel like playing with a cat,” he said. “Let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has nothing, no purpose, anything other than that: It bounces. That’s racism. It’s not an actual thing that even means anything.””It’s something that was used to hold people back in the past,” he acknowledged, “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 pointed out there have been many “black people that have broken the concept of race,” including President Barack Obama and hip-hop mogul Jay Z.But while Ye believes racism itself is a thing of the past, he realizes that the N-word is “difficult for black people right now.””It does hurt when we hear that,” he said, “because we’re still in a generation that remembers when racism was a big thing that held people back.”
The word bubble springs to mind.
For, though Kanye’s remarks are ultimately what many wish was the case, they come from inside the bubble that protects him from the racism he feels is so “silly” and “dated.”
Unfortunately, those who live without the respect West’s wealth and celebrity status afford him are unlikely to subscribe to the same point of view, oft seeing their real life experiences belittled by those unable to see beyond their own bubbles and into worlds far more complex than their own.