Tbh I don’t even know how to pronounce Kanye’s name. If asked to name one of his songs I’d be at a loss but am quite sure I’ve heard his music. I should be embarrassed to admit but when I saw the picture of him and Trump at the Trump Tower, he looked familiar, but I had no clue who he was until I read his name and thought, what a sellout. Since then I shook my head in disgust when I read his slavery is a choice comment. Thought nothing of Kanye West until last week when his social media presence intersected mine.

The following reblog from Jean Gasho’s blog.  It is a kinder and gentler interpretation of Kanye ’s comment as well as a glimpse into African history.

My [Jean] own pencil interpretation of slavery as a choice
My [Jean] own pencil interpretation of slavery as a choice

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…

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