It’s good to know aiming a gun at a white woman is a bigger crime in America than killing a young innocent black kid.
I wish I was surprised.
When I read Michelle Cottleâs article for Politico Magazine, Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama became a feminist nightmare, I had several thoughts, and subse
“We understand that Cottle was not engaged in an intellectual or feminist pursuit with that article; she was attempting to shame the First Lady of the United States by diminishing her value, challenging her usefulness and questioning her relevance. We understand that a healthy, educated Black America is an empowered Black America and that Michelle Obama has done more for Black feminism and womanism in 6 years than White feminists have done in…ever. We also understand that that fact is a threat to the positions of privilege that White feminists have occupied for so long and that Cottle’s article is an extension of that obvious insecurity.”
Kerry Washington in The Vanity Fair 2013 Hollywood Portfolio
There is no denying that Kanye West has had a tremendous impact on the music industry and pop culture. From the beginning of his mainstream career, Kanye has been critical of issues dealing with racism and the structures within it. His infamous, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,’ statement caused a media frenzy and solidified the general sentiments of the Black community during the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.
Yet it seems with more fame and popularity, Kanye’s commentary has shifted from calling out racism because it’s wrong, to calling out racism because he didn’t get a seat at the table. This is the bigger issue.
The distinguished psychiatrist Frantz Fanon addressed this line of thinking in his 1961 classic Wretched of the Earth. In this literary masterpiece, Fanon deconstructed the colonized mind:
‘The gaze that the colonized subject casts at the colonist’s sector is a look of lust, a look of envy. Dreams of possession. Every type of possession; of sitting at the colonist’s table and sleeping in his bed, preferably with his wife. The colonized man is an envious man.’
This article is on point. Ye’s interview with Sway was disgusting. The way he spoke down to Sway and the way he seems to speak down to black audiences in general is symptomatic of a colonized mind. “You ain’t got the answers Sway” = I sat at the master’s table and you still pickin cotton in the field, nigga.
I wholeheartedly appreciate this conversation. Thank you.