Detroit hip hop station 105.1 The Bounce just doesn’t know what to do about infamous rapper Kanye West, a man who has made a genuine splash on the culture front over the last several weeks after coming out in support of President Donald Trump.
However, according to The Bounce, the problem isn’t that Kanye likes the president or that he posts pictures in a MAGA hat on his social media.
No, they have a problem with his comments on slavery. In fact, they so disliked what he had to say on the topic they banned him from the station.
So what was it, exactly, that West said that has everyone so up in arms?
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“When you hear about slavery for 400 years—for 400 years! That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”
Two DJs, BiGG and Shay Shay, recently posted on Facebook that this particular mark was the straw that broke the camel’s back:
We feel like Kanye has gone too far with his latest statement declaring that “slavery was a choice.” We are over it. We don’t want to hear Kanye’s music, we don’t want to play Kanye on our show, we don’t want to talk about Kanye anymore. So we are taking a stand and we aren’t playing his music anymore; we just are refusing to give him a platform.
On Wednesday, when Shay Shay was asked how the DJs would deal with airplay of West, she said she was tired of listening to him. Shay Shay also commented on West asserting that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were “too far in the past and not relatable.” She said, “As an educator, as someone who works with young kids … he has a huge platform, OK? I just think that’s reckless. I think when you have such a huge platform like that, to use it in a reckless way, I mean, you’re basically saying history is irrelevant.”
Bigg told The Detroit News that the response from fans of the station to West’s remarks was so massive that the station’s new program director, John Candelaria, approved the ban. Biggs stated, “In my 20-year radio career, this is one of the largest responses I’ve ever seen; the largest reaction on The Bounce, too. It’s very overwhelming right now. I’m just trying to keep up. Lots of people in support, but the people that aren’t are taking personal jabs. Weird.”
It seems, at least on the surface, that these folks are taking Kanye’s comment out of context and missing the point of what he’s saying.
While it can’t be said for sure, it certainly appears that what West is discussing here is the victim mentality that is so rampant in our culture this day and age, simply stating that so many folks are focused on making up for slavery — which was a horrendous evil — which happened so long ago that they’re allowing themselves to become perpetual victims that are stuck in that way of thinking.
It doesn’t appear that he’s trying to say that the slavery that happened hundreds of years ago was a choice by the victims of this vile practice, but that those who remain hung up on it today are choosing to be enslaved by defeat in their minds.
Then again, maybe he just made a goofy statement to get attention. Anything is possible.
Source: The Daily Wire
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