by G. Brown
Kanye finally decided he owed an apology to Black Americans and any American offended by his comments about slavery basically being a choice.
While visiting ‘sweet home ‘Chicago on Wednesday, Kanye said during a radio interview, “I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say that I’m sorry for hurting, I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment…”
It was an admission months in the making for comments he made back in May to TMZ saying,”Slavery for 400 years. 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.” The outrage started before Kanye could even clear the TMZ studios when producer Van Latham read him the riot act saying “We have to deal with the marginalization that come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.” Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and brother, I’m unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something …that’s not real.”
What was real was the disdain Kanye’s comments brought him from masses. Some jumped off the fan train as Kanye publicly hooked his car onto the Trump train saying in a tweet, “…the mob can’t make me not love him [Trump]. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother“. The message caused a lot of dragging for the two ‘dragon brothers’ especially after Kanye posted a pic of him in a MAGA hat. It was the last straw for a lot of fans like Latham who told Kanye, “Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinions, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact and real world consequences behind everything you just said.”
All these months later, people are still living with the consequences of Kanye’s comments. Hosts on 107.5 told Kanye that as an entertainer, he has a powerful voice in the world. A voice that be weaponized and turned on the very people who supported him to make him into a top-selling rapper. Kanye’s defense included the words ‘what I was going through’ that lead him to utter those. Then he rambled on about the love he feels from fans and intimated that he said what he did to see if people did still care about him.
Another hosts brought up the whole, “people feel like we’ve lost you to the Kardashian side” and Kanye was still on the kumbaya boat of we’re all family. And that’s when the tears started from a female host who is clearly a fan and tried to get Kanye to see the chance that he has that so many Blacks don’t and never will have. The emotions ran deep enough to push Kanye to tears.
But putting aside the tears and all the emotion, it was words that Kanye into this and words that should have gotten him out of it, but fell short in a way. Kanye said “…I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment…”
What’s missing?… ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I shouldn’t have said that’? No, the apology basically says ‘I’m sorry people reacted the way they did. Sorry you ‘felt let down’…it’s passive. If Kanye had said, ‘I made you feel that way’-it would have been an admission that he was the offending party…he would have taken ownership of what he said. But he didn’t. And I’m sorry about that.
Maybe a trip home reminded Kanye of who he is. Maybe some people who knew him before all the fame and fortune took him on a stroll down memory lane of the struggle of being Black in America.
Then again, maybe the world expects too much of Kanye. Maybe the ‘free thinker’ in him believes he sincerely apologized. Finding the right words can be hard…unless you’re a person who crafts words for a living as a rapper to sell a ton of records to all those ancestors of people who chose to be slaves.