Kanye West writes a book he won’t read.

Read a book?  Im too COOL to read a book.

Read a book? I'm too COOL to read a book.

I’m a fan of a few Kanye West songs, but most eveything else about the guy annoys me, not the least of which is his mistaken belief that he is a genius.

When he said, “George Bush doesn’t like Black people” I gave him a “right on, brother,” but all that proved was even a blind squirrel can find a nut.

West’s first three albums were titled The College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation, but apparently he’s not a fan of reading.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rapper Kanye West does not read books or respect them but nevertheless he has written one that he would like you to buy and read.

The Grammy Award winner, known for his No. 1 albums and outspoken statements on everything from racism in America to the banality of Twitter, is the co-author of “Thank You And You’re Welcome.”

His book is 52 pages — some blank, others with just a few words — and offers his optimistic philosophy on life. One two-page section reads, “Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!” Another page reads “I hate the word hate!”

“This is a collection of thoughts and theories,” West, 31, said in an interview about his spiral-bound volume, which was written with J. Sakiya Sandifer.

Reuters

Woo-hoo!  Kanye West has thoughts.   Dumb thoughts.  Stupid thoughts.  Ignorant as hell thoughts, but he’s got thoughts and he wants your $10 bucks for his bullshit non-book that so weak he needed a CO-WRITER to finish it.

Kanye thinks books like this are the enemy.

Kanye thinks books like this are the enemy.

I’m saddened, but far from surprised.

Kanye West is just a symptom of a bigger disease: the glorification of stupidity and ignorance. It’s bad everywhere and worse in the Black community where speaking proper English and having aspirations beyond being a rapper, basketball player or mommy gets a kid branded as “acting White.”

It doesn’t make the evening news and nobody’s marching about it. The fact there’s a Black man in the White House hasn’t altered the fact that intelligence and accomplishment is being derided and failure and dependency is being lauded.

If you can always blame your shortcomings and setbacks on somebody else you never have to take responsibility for changing your life.

I wonder how Kanye West would respond to this:

On criticism:
“Certain people tell us that we are picking on the poor. Many of those who accuse us are scholars and intellectuals, upset that we are not blaming everything on white people as they do. Well, only blaming the system keeps certain black people in the limelight but it also keeps the black poor wallowing in victimhood.”

On raising children:
“All black parents can do right by their children, and all black children can succeed. There is no reason why not.”
“Use standard English when you have your kids together, not Black English. They’ll hear enough of that in the streets…Watch the movie My Fair Lady. All cultures discriminate against people who have not mastered the standard language, and when race is involved, it is all that much harder for a nonstandard speaker to feel competent or even at home in the culture.”

On the media:
“Some of the most negative images of African Americans on TV and in the movies seem to be the most popular among young people—black and white. With both good and bad media out there, you have to help select media for kids that will support their successes and suppress their urge to give up or drop out.”

On black men:
“Gangsta rap makes our young people tough, but not so tough they can walk through prison walls. It can jazz them about sex, but it can’t begin to make them a good father. No matter how often, or how publicly they grab their crotches, crotch-grabbing isn’t even going to get them a bus ride downtown.”

“When all is said and done, the black child is our future. It’s time for us men to think of the future, to straighten out our acts, to say to ourselves, I am more interested in raising my child than any other issue I had before. I’m going to behave or get help, but it’s about the child. No matter how useless or hopeless a father may think he is, his role is simply to be there. If he makes that commitment, he is a much better man than he thought he was.”

On “victimhood”:
“Sometimes people with a victim mentality feel hopeless and do self-destructive things that make their lives even worse. It is time to redirect that energy. It is time to think positively and act positively. Black communities and families must provide our youth with the love and guidance that keeps them strong and on that positive path. Blaming white people can be a way for some black people to feel better about themselves but it doesn’t pay the electric bills.”

~ Come On People: On the Path From Victims to Victors by Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint.

No matter if you voted enthusiastically for Obama or with equal enthusiasm against him or sat it out entirely, the election of an educated, intelligent and articulate Black man was a huge setback for the forces of ignorance, apathy and stupidity that are waging war against African-Americans. But they’re not giving up easily and they aren’t going away anytime soon.

If Kanye were interested in being part of the solution instead of perpetuating the problem he would celebrate, not denigrate reading and the possibilities it opens up for those whom embrace it.

I would hope at some point when he isn’t so immature, self-centered and shallow he would look back at some of the things he has said and done and stop acting like a ignorant child and become a wiser man.

Ever hear of Native Son,  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Color Purple, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, or Invisible Man, Kanye?   No, those aren’t titles of rap songs.  Those are books and if you were so stupidly wallowing in your ignorance, you might know how vital and important great literature is to any society’s culture.

Maybe someone will tell Kanye what Cosby and Poussaint are saying since it’s not likely he’ll ever read it himself.

Kanye doesnt know Prince Harry and Diddy are laughing at his glasses.

Kanye doesn't know Prince Harry and Diddy are laughing at his glasses.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Kanye West writes a book he won’t read.

  1. Seems to me that with that statement Kanye isn’t a whole lot different from G.W. Bush. Neither has an affinity for learning or reading.
    But at the same time I don’t believe he or any other Black person in this country should be required to read from the Negro literary canon–“invisible Man,” “Native Son,” “I Know why the Caged Birds Sing” or “Their Eyes were Watching God.”
    To suggest to any of today’s Black youth that they should read these books is doing nothing more than keeping them trapped in a bygone era.
    Suggest some how to books–some books that teach them how they can get out of this ditch they’re currently in. Or point them to some texts that teach them the TRUTH about who they are–who we are.
    And no, Cosby and Poussaint’s “Come on People” isn’t a real how to.
    It’s more of the same Negro shit we’re all sick and tired of.
    And let’s put to bed this old, tired notion that if you speak well or are educated that you get accused of acting white.
    Shit, if you’re talking like you have a stick stuck up your ass and have white mannerisms, it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with being educated.
    I know lots of Black people who are articulate and well educated but when you hear them speak you don’t think you’re hearing a kid from Orange County, CA, the valley or from all white suburbia.

  2. hey, i would like too say that I hate everything about kanye west, and ill tell you why. He is racist. All people with good common sense know that the only difference between a black and white man is skin color. We know that CUlture and attitude is shaped by your upbringing, not your color. Kanye west seems to think that every black and white has a different culture and upringing. I was raised in new orleans and it has hundreds of years of racial mixing. Its famous for culture mixing. Now the boy with the white skin that live two doors down from me, whos mamma is life long best friends with mine, does he have that much of a diff upringing. These neighborhoods here are highly mixed. there are black white and tan people here, whose family has been here for generations. DO people honestly think that growing up together, being in the same cultural area, and all having similair upbrinings that we really are different beyond our skin color? I dissagree with JOMO B. There are no such things as “white mannerisms” because your mannerisms come from the way you were raised not your color. SO there is no “WE’ or “us” do you honestly think that black people in louisianna, and black people in new york have the same culture and the same mannerisms. SO we arent this big group. THIRDLY kanye west needs to shut the hell up about katrina. I went throught it. None of you know about it unless you went through it. It wasnt the federal GOv. fault. It wasnt bushes fault ( even though i dont like him) the local government was warned by ten years ago that if a category 4 or abouve hit new orleans it would be underwater. They did nothing about it didnt reenforce the levees. They literaslly gambles and wasted the money on pet projects. SO if anyone thinks they can tell me about katrina and are not from new orleans then you can shut the hell up. And besides, new orleans isnt 100% black people..an abundance of white people died too but knayes prejudice ass wanted to turn a devastating event, the loss of human life, into a black/white issue because he is a racist ass dude with complexes that since he grew up rich that he needs to be as problack as possible to prove himself as a “brothah”.

Don't Be Shy...Leave A Comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s