Kanye West has been spotted leaving Barney’s (out of all places – the irony – since they are being accused of being racist) wearing a jacket from his Yeezus Tour pop up clothing store with the Confederate flag on it. I’ve been telling you guys the sale of Kanye’s clothing with the confederate flag on it has been rubbing people the wrong way. This is the first time Kanye himself has rocked the clothing himself. It was controversial enough when news surfaced that his store and merchandise stands at the Yeezus tour was selling them, but this just took things to a different level. Kanye is saying he’s trying to take back the meaning of the flag.
Now Al Sharpton is boycotting him. He has said in the past what he thinks about the flag and what it represents. The Political Director, Najee Ali, of his civil rights group, the L.A. National Action Network said, “Kanye West already has several pieces of merchandise from his ‘Yeezus’ tour that are emblazoned with the controversial Southern Cross at his tour store in Los Angeles. Our organization is determined to shut down that and any other store that decides to sell this merchandise. For African-Americans the confederate flag is symbolic of the hurt and pain of slavery in the South and the legacy it has left for those still living under those ideologies. When Kanye embraces and adorns this confederate flag, He also embraces the ignorance and racism that goes along with it. I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs . But we all know Kanye doesn’t have the courage to do that. The Jewish community would run him out of town if he did and so should the African American community.”
I understand why Kanye is doing this and frankly i believe he possesses that same boldness and fearlessness that early civil rights activists had when they faught to end slavery, however i understand why people are upset about this. This flag represents hurt and to trivialize it scares people. We have seen what happened with the n word and i assume Al and his people are trying to stop the same thing from happening with this flag.
I don’t have an opinion on this. I see both sides. I will say though the only things that can hurt us are the things we allow to hurt us. I know the racists down south are livid right now!