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TOPIC: Kanye West

Kanye West 20 Nov 2016 19:16 #10992

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Many people, including me, were completely shocked when they learned through social media Kanye West supported Trump. Kanye was only two songs into his concert in Sacramento, when he stops to rant. He claims he didn’t vote for the presidential election, but if he had Trump would’ve got his vote. He continues by telling specifically his black fans that they need to get over racism because this country will continue to be racist. Kanye then walks off the stage and ends his show short, after starting an hour and a half late.

Although this was extremely unsettling to hear from an artist I’ve supported, this shows that people of color aren’t always socially aware of the ways racism continues to affect people. I want to attempt to explain why I think Kanye expresses these things. I’m sure being a successful artist was a lifelong battle for Kanye, especially being a black man rapping. Kanye gaining wealth and power through his fans and support caused an erasure of issues for him. Unfortunately this kind of leap of success doesn’t happen for everyone, especially within minority communities that lack resources.

Kanye’s attitude about himself has always been confident, and I think this has influenced how he reacts to the world around him. He also made a comment about Beyonce refusing to perform at an award show unless she won an award; Kanye for some reason felt targeted because he was one of the other artists in that category, and said he was hurt by Beyonce. Particularly, the issue he had with racism was most upsetting to hear. I couldn’t understand why he felt that people shouldn’t bother fighting oppression and racism unless he was experiencing some form of self-hatred.
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Kanye West 20 Nov 2016 22:00 #11010

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Hi Tiffany! I also saw videos of Kanye's rant and couldn't believe his thoughts on the election and racism. It was disappointing because he was one of my favorite rappers. Recently, I did a forum posting on one of my "favs" saying something problematic. It was on Lil' Wayne and his thoughts on Black Lives Matter, so I totally get how you feel when artists with a platform do something so controversial.
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