Ta-Nehisi Coates Crushes Kanye West’s Trump-Loving Free Thought Wave

Kanye West has dominated the news cycle and sparked a number debates regarding his recent political commentary, most especially his high regard for President Donald Trump. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is the latest public figure to take aim at West’s utterances, essentially stating that the Chicago superstar is chasing “white freedom.”

From The Atlantic:

What Kanye West seeks is what Michael Jackson sought—liberation from the dictates that we. In his visit with West, the rapper T.I. was stunned to find that West, despite his endorsement Trump, had never heard the travel ban. “He don’t know the things that we know because he’s removed himself from society to a point where it don’t reach him,” T.I. said. West calls his struggle the right to be a “free thinker,” and he is, indeed, championing a kind freedom—a white freedom, freedom without consequence, freedom without criticism, freedom to be proud and ignorant; freedom to prit f a people in one moment and abandon them in the next; a Stand Your Ground freedom, freedom without responsibility, without hard memory; a Monticello without slavery, a Confederate freedom, the freedom John C. Calhoun, not the freedom Harriet Tubman, which calls you to risk your own; not the freedom Nat Turner, which calls you to give even more, but a conqueror’s freedom, freedom the strong built on antipathy or indifference to the weak, the freedom rape buttons, pussy grabbers, and f*ck you anyway, b*tch; freedom oil and invisible wars, the freedom suburbs drawn with red lines, the white freedom Calabasas.

The entire piece is worth a read, which can be found here. Hit the flip to see reactions, both positive and critical, to Coates’ words.

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