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remember when we were all like THANK FUCKING GOD RTD IS GONE? good times.
I hate being the race card guy, but I’m not scared to be, either. As “New Slaves” makes the rounds, I just want the general population to exhibit the awareness of the song’s objective that comes to me and other blacks so naturally. I know about “broke nigga racism” because I’ve been in the Louis Vuitton store in Monaco where motherfuckers told me not to touch anything if I wasn’t going to buy it. I know that they’re “trying to lock niggas up” because when I got my driver’s license in high school, my mother was just as concerned about my ability to not get my ass beat should I get pulled over by cops as she was about me putting on my seatbelt.
Questioning why a rich black man has a right to express anger at the plight of less rich black people is essentially asking, “Well, you’re gonna be okay, so what’s the problem?” … Kanye has transcended the class that is bearing the brunt of the issues at hand in “New Slaves”, and thus is expected to gratefully shut the fuck up and let it slide (“throw him some Maybach keys/ Fuck it, c’est la vie”). He now belongs to the same social class that has essentially trapped his people, via the “DEA teamed up with the CCA” compounded with “broke nigga racism vs rich nigga racism.” Kanye is not a “new slave” in the same sense as the victims of the prison industrial complex, but he is still trapped in a world that expects him to not only be complicit with the struggle of his people, but to be appreciative that he is not one of them.
If you are of the mindset that wealth and fame can buy a black man protection from the long shadow of America’s industrial prison complex, then perhaps you are not the one to provide a honest examination of Kanye’s work. Why? Because you cannot even see America for what it actually is. How can you decipher the complexities of a song when you cannot even see the basic racial inequities of the society that allowed for its creation? (via digital-femme)
also: it’s a mistake to think that it’s millionaires that are or have been responsible for keeping black people down. They have, yes, but nine times out of ten? Those little things that screw with you day-in and day-out? Those are coming from your economic peers, not the rich man who owns the company.
There’s a spectrum of reasons. It’s never been as simple as “Rich man, poor man.” (via iamdavidbrothers)