Kanye West is back to doing press in a big way. The unpredictable
rapper artist spoke with Style about all things fashion, of course, but it was his comments on race that caught our attention. He said:
“Racism and the focus on racism is a distraction to humanity. It would be like focusing on the cousin from your mom’s side versus the cousin on your dad’s side. We’re all cousins. We’re all the same race. To even focus on the concept of race, it’s like—perhaps people give me an extra cookie for the fact that my color palette is so controlled and I’m Black.”
This is a complete 360 from the Kanye West we heard two years ago. While he was out on his Yeezus tour, he was ranting every other night against Grammy nominations, the system and racism and fashion companies holding him back.
“I’m not dissing Luis Vuitton, I’m not dissing the Gucci group and shit. I’m just saying, don’t discriminate against me because I’m a Black man or because I’m a celebrity and tell me that I can create, but not feel. ‘Cause you know damn well there aren’t no black guys or celebrities making no Louis Vuitton nothing.”
Could this sudden shift in view on racism have something to do with him being comfortable working with Adidas? When he was battling with Nike in 2013, he felt stifled by the company. But now that he’s comfortable, racism no longer exists? It’s very confusing and even shocking to hear from someone who famously called out former President Bush for not caring about Black people.
How can Kanye say racism is a distraction but them he allows French artist Jean Touitou to use N-word in Paris for his art line? He said, “Racism is a distraction to humanity. Jean Touitou is one of the most humane people I know. Jean Touitou had my family have dinner with him every time we came to Paris. And there are a lot of people who own fashion companies who didn’t.”
Well, guess that makes it ok? We’re not saying that Kanye needs to be the only artist to call out racism but, what happened bruh? You were rightfully calling out racism and now you seem to be complicit with people who want to call Black people the N-word so long as they invite you to dinner.
We miss the old ‘Ye.