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.
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.
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:
“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.”
“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.