Written by: Vida Michelle / Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org –
The problem –
Have you ever attempted to take or snatch an item away from a child? If you have, you know that you are in for a good, noisy fight.
The solution –
Attempt to take the item, but this time bring with you a less valuable but comparable exchange. Offer the less valuable but appealing item and the child will most likely hand you what you started out attempting to snatch.
This problem and solution formula works with kids and Rappers alike. This week Kanye West continues to fall for the dumb sh*t. Trading in history and respect for attention and money.
Maybe you have seen the pictures of him sporting his latest plot for publicity; the new and improved confederate flag fashions made for his Yeezus tour merchandise. His latest actions further prove he is the person he speaks so poorly about. When Kanye uses the term “Modern Day Slave” he is speaking of, and including himself. Completely blinded by materialism and willing to trade in blood, sweat and tears for cheap publicity.
“You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it,” he states. “So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?” – Kanye West
There are spoken and unspoken rules in culture. Kanye taking the confederate flag and calling it his, is no more valid than a white person putting on a Kangol hat and calling himself a Black Panther.
While some will say they understand why Kanye insists on taking the Pre-School approach to making his point, I don’t. His immature way of dealing with what traditionally is known to be a negative symbol like the confederate flag by simply attempting to flip it into a positive leaves much to be desired. The reason he gives sounds more like an excuse.
Some things should simply be off limits, for example: Taking the name of the most followed figure in the world also known as the Christian Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, changing it intoYeezus and making it the new name of your project does nothing but prove the power that the name Jesus has. Capitalizing off the power of someone else’s name puts into question your own creativity. Although the controversy makes for a successful publicity stunt, it is a cheap way to make noise. Even an unbeliever for the most part has has an established level of respect for the name Jesus. By reducing things like the confederate flag and the name of Jesus Christ to a fashion trend, Kanye continues to propel a nation of already misled youth to have no respect for history and hard work.
Kanye takes the approach of the kid in class that resorts to making fart noises with his underarm for attention, while the rest of the class is focused on learning.
See, changing the minds and hearts of people is not that easy. Ask Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, or Cesar Chavez who lived and died tirelessly sacrificing and working towards being an example of what change behaves like, not just appears to be.
I know what you are going to say— Kanye is a celebrity not a political leader!
At which point I would say to you—you’re right. Stick to the entertainment Kanye, please.