Kanye West is one of our most unfortunate and disingenuous fame whores — worse even than his brittle fiancé and Baby Mama, Kim Kardashian — and he’s recently been conveniently “caught” wearing, gasp this, a “Confederate Flag” as if he were a modern redneck KKK member from the Deep South, even though he’s just a regular Black man from Chicago!
Oh, the outrage!
Oh, that Kanye!
The trouble with Kanye is that he’s a phony — except when he’s picking on Taylor Swift — then he means everything he says.
This invented Kanye outrage of a Black man wearing the Confederate flag’s only purpose is to promote Kanye and keep him in the middle our bloodshot and weary eye.
Kanye laughably tries to claim the message in the memeing:
Any energy is good energy. You know the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag. Now what are you going to do?
Kanye’s new ownership of slavery and its most infamous historical icon reminds me of a similar scheme 25 years ago when there was a hard movement in the Gay community to take back ownership of the derogatory term “Queer.”
Several of my Gay friends were horrified they were being encouraged by the younger generation in their own community to publicly self-identify as “Queer” — but, as discriminated-against elders, they understood the point, and wanted to take back the term from those who used the word against them for many years, and it sort of worked. Instead of saying, “I’m Gay,” they were to say, “I’m Queer.”
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” is probably the most famous public incarnation of a successful take-back and redefinition campaign in the mainstream mind. Once that cultural win was struck, the community was able to go back to the “I’m Gay” identification.
For some reason, “Fag” never seemed to get the same “take back” traction as “Queer” in the Gay community.
Now I’m waiting for the — “of course!” — inevitable as some Populist Southern Redneck comes forward to publicly take back “Nigger” to redefine it and, once again, claim it as a term of degradation and hatred since the Black community stole it from them and made it an intra-Racial term of endearment in popular culture and rap music.