The Verge writer, Micah Singleton, wrote an article titled “Why do you really hate Kanye West?”. In the article (read here) Micah insists that the reason you hate Kanye West isn’t because you think he’s a tool or you think his music sucks. In fact, it is because you are a racist. Yes, you. Forget everything that is happening in our world. You were just called a racist because you don’t like a hip hop artist.
Now come back to our world. Police Officers are now being monitored because of abuse of power, churches have been attacked because of radical thinking, and something as arbitrary as not liking Kanye West should not be put in the same category. Not only is it ignorant, it will set us back. Picking apart the likes and dislikes based on race without facts is the quickest way to spread hatred and further the issues we are trying to solve.
Micah took the reactions people had to West walking on stage and taking Taylor Swift’s VMA award and turned it into an act against the general black population. No one cried racism when he jumped on stage and ripped an award from a young woman’s hands, embarrassed her on a stage in front of thousands, and on television in front of millions. People cried asshole. It was a selfish and ego driven move that put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth about West. Of course, he then did it again to Beck at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
I am not pushing for you to like or dislike Kanye West. In fact, it doesn’t matter to me at all. Our preferences in music, television, and everything else belong only to ourselves. However, the idea that Kanye West has been petitioned against, as stated in The Verge article, only because of his race is absolutely false. To think that the media rallied against him because he took a white artists award and that they wouldn’t have done the same if it was a black artist is also false. His actions have surpassed his talent in front of the public and that is the only reason Kanye West is disliked.
What Micah and The Verge were attempting to do is blend pop culture and the current turmoil around racism in America. What they actually did was insult music listeners and the people that have the right to be against West’s actions in public. The struggle for power between race does not fulfill the need for true equality and pushing that fight onto the music industry just strengthens the wall between us. Our current music industry is a mix of genres, races, cultures, and countries. To say that we are now more close-minded than we were in the past can be trumped in just one sentence. Go listen to music.