When I saw the headlines today about Kanye West and the uproar he has caused among black people, I was like, hang on a minute, is this not the Kanye West who is constantly being mocked by black people for being ‘mad’, ‘insane’, and in a ‘sunken place’? Why is the voice of a supposed mental patient having so much power?
He has literally shaken the black world. I am finding this more shocking than what he actually said. Why are black people so riled up and upset about Kanye West supposedly saying ‘SLAVERY WAS A CHOICE’.?
I worked as a mental health nurse for years, my patients were people with psychotic disorders who have distorted minds. When they were unwell, the patients said a lot of mean, crazy and hurtful things, very irrational too, but I don’t remember any of the ‘normal’ people getting so worked up and fuming with anger at what a patient had said in their moment of insanity, instead the solution was to try and help the patient, who doesn’t even know that they are ill.
In the good old book, Solomon says it’s pointless to try and argue with a fool, in the end, the fool will look wiser than you.
After all the uproar, I had to go and watch the actual interview so I could understand why the anger is so intense.
I understand that slavery is such an emotional subject. I get very upset each time I see pictures or read about what my ancestors endured, especially black women. I refuse to watch any slave movie, for my own sanity’s sake.
But I fully understand that this controversial uncomfortable subject can’t be viewed with one eye, it’s a broad subject that’s bound to bring up different understandings and views. It’s wrong to force every black man to see slavery from one point of view.
I always find myself with three questions every time slavery is brought up.
Why were we enslaved? Why did we sell each other into slavery? Why could our men not fight back or rebel, aren’t they the strongest of them all?
I am not able to get answers or comprehend some of these troubling mysteries behind slavery. It’s not all black and white. There is no one rule book which commands black people how to think about slavery.
Now back to Kanye West.
Firstly he did not say slavery was a choice. It’s sad the media has to twist his words to make black people more angry. He said ‘400 years of slavery sounds more like a choice’. Two different things altogether. 400 years is a long time, there should be a time where you say, enough is enough and fight back. You would think intelligent people can understand that. Kanye also spoke about how twisted and controlling the media is, but maybe that’s not interesting enough.
During the TMZ interview Kanye was calm and collected, even went over to the black TMZ guy who was so angry he could not even bring himself to hug Kanye, yet Kanye told him that he loved him and was sorry for upsetting him.
After watching the whole interview, it was simple enough to understand where Kanye was coming from, or what he was trying to say. He was speaking about victim mentality. He was saying you choose to be a slave or free.
How many black people today still worship white people? Millions. How many black people worship a Jesus with blue eyes and blonde hair, and if you tell them that Jesus looked exactly like them they will attack you. How many black people boast about wearing Gucci but will never support black fashion designers? I could go on and on about the current choice slavery of black people.
Still on Kanye West, today Will.I.am appreared on Good Morning Britain to express his outrage at what Kanye said and he made quite an impact. But for me when I saw him there on ITV, being the only black man being interviewed by 3 white people on a white dominated mainstream TV channel, I felt quite embarrassed. I was like, ‘What on earth is Will.I.am even doing on Good Morning Britain today?’ Kanye West says something that upset black people and you don’t even have a mainstream black-owned television channel in the entire UK to discuss it. Will.I.am has to go to Piers Morgan, a white man, to discuss Kanye West because Black people in the UK are not able to own a mainstream TV channel. Piers Morgan rightfully said, ‘I am a white middle-aged man, this has got nothing to do with me.’ In other words, he was saying, go and discuss Kanye West with your own people on your own TV channel.
What do we own in this world? We could not even produce Black Panther. The original comic book was written by white men.
And yet today Kanye West is the enemy?
After the events which transpired today, I honestly do not know who is the mad one, Kanye West or the Black people against him. I do not know who is in a sunken place, Kanye West or his accusers.
Over the past few weeks I thought Kanye West was in a sunken place, sadly today I was forced to change my mind.
Can you all not wake up and realize what Kanye West was trying to say. We are still dependants of white people. We do not even want to be free, neither do we know that we are still slaves.
Harriet Tubman made a choice to be free. Sh tried to rescue as many slaves as she could, but the majority of slaves did not want to be rescued. They were too afraid to go.
Kanye West is allowed to express what he feels about it all. If black people were truly free, we wouldn’t be in such uproar and pain because of the way Kanye West thinks.
There are a lot of black people who betrayed each other during slavery, they sold each other to white men for 30 pieces of silver. Go to Nigeria today the bitterness is still there. I am sure a lot of our ancestors died very bitter with their own people and would probably agree with some things Kanye is saying.
Kanye has proved that we are still slaves today. We have to take out our pain and anger on him, because he has said something we just can’t handle.
Now all you black people want him to go on medication to shut him up. You want him to be like you all, controlled, manipulated and programmed.
Right now slavery is still rife in Africa, I don’t see any fellow black men going to rescue their brothers in Lybia and other African countries. Where is the outrage on the slavery in Lybia…but hey I guess it feels good to take it out on Kanye West, a supposed ‘madman’.
Where is the outage about thousands of African churches where men pretending to be prophets rob poor black people in broad daylight? Are those ‘congregants’ not choosing to be modern-day slaves?
I hate to say this but we can’t be victims forever.
Listening to Kanye West’s interview, I think that exactly what he’s saying to us all. It’s not unheard of that some slaves chose slavery over freedom. Even in the Bible, the Hebrews almost stoned Moses to death because they were angry with him from freeing them. They clearly said they were better off in Egypt as slaves because life in the wilderness was just ‘too hard’. Sadly that is the mindset a lot of us are still in today.
Instead of getting angry with Kanye and worrying about his ‘medication’, let’s find a way to be totally free from white supremacy and modern slavery. At least Kanye West is somewhat free, he can’t be told what to think and say. He may not know how to express himself eloquently, but in his own colourful way, I think he’s just trying to say GET OUT, and we are way in that sunken place to even grasp a little of what he’s trying to say.