After his social media hiatus, Kanye West returned to Twitter mid-April with a slew of tweets, not only to promote his apparel and upcoming albums, but to promote free thinking, loving one another and support for President Trump.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily come as a shock due to West’s endorsement of Trump in 2016, as well as his visit to meet with Trump at Trump Tower shortly after the election.
But, one tweet particularly stuck out amongst the rest: “You don’t have to agree with trump [sic] but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
Yup, the controversial rapper who once declared, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” on live TV at “A Concert for Hurricane Relief” four days after Hurricane Katrina, is now declaring his love for Trump via Twitter.
The same man who, in 1989, took out ads in newspapers prodding for the death penalty for the five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a woman in Central Park. Who continued to maintain the idea they were guilty well into 2016 – well after they were proved innocent through DNA evidence.
The same man who unapologetically insisted for years that President Barack Obama had a fake birth certificate and was born in Kenya rather than the U.S.
The same man endorsed by the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and who even referred to white supremacists as “very fine people” after riots broke out during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The same man with such an extensive racist background, David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick from The New York Times wrote “Donald Trump’s Racism: A Definitive List,” where you can learn about many more of his disparaging comments toward non-white people.
This is the man West refers to as “his brother.”
Here’s why it’s problematic:
Just days after proclaiming his love for Trump, tweeting pictures in his autographed “Make America Great Again” hat, and posting multiple screenshot text messages from friends concerned about his views, a video of him speaking on slavery went viral.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years – for 400 years?” he told TMZ. “That sounds like a choice. You was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? We’re mentally in prison.”
West’s statement completely diminishes the horrible atrocity that is such a large part of our nation’s past. The atrocity many choose to ignore and brush off as a small inconvenience to the many who suffered at the hands of white people.
Though West is notorious for controversial remarks dragging him to centerstage, he’s officially reached an all-time low.
Yo, Kanye, I’m not going to let you finish. We won’t be toasting to the douchebags this time.