Kanye West’s Confederate Heritage

Kanye WestNo, it’s not a new Dixie Outfitters design for the bad-ass biker in you that wants to show off your Confederate pride. In fact, it’s a t-shirt design for Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour. West’s publicity team is marketing a number of times that features the Confederate flag.

This is not the first time that African Americans have appropriated the flag for their own use. A Confederate flag draped over the grim reaper is quite suggestive. Perhaps it symbolizes the death of the Confederacy and racism. I have no idea.

It’s encouraging to think that young black and white Americans, who purchase this shirt will help to blur to the point of non-recognition the history of this flag’s connection to a failed revolution to perpetuate slavery and history of racism and violence.

In other words, they will flag it into oblivion.

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To me, it evokes the message that the confederacy was evil, that it did the work of death, that it was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not over a million people.

Kevin,

This is a reading of a short story by Percival Everett called The Appropriation of Cultures. It is read by the actor, director Reuben Santiago Hudson.
With the continuing controversy of flying or displaying the Confederate flag, this story will tickle your funny bone. It lasts about 20 minutes.
Listen to it and it will be the best 20 minutes you’ve spent in a long while.

http://vfp143.org/pod/FLAG.mp3

” the history of this flag’s connection . . . . to perpetuate slavery and history of racism and violence” Yawn. People have, and continue to do so, said the exact same thing about the U.S. flag. It amazes me that Union generals and soldiers could be more gracious to the motives of Confederates than some blogger 150 years later…….

I dropped Confederate skeleton tattoo into a search engine, and came up with multiple photos of that image above. So it’s not an original design, and maybe some ink artiste will get a tidy settlement by threatening a lawsuit over it.

Also heard somewhere that Bobby Lee had one just like it, but I’m skeptical on that point.

But the flag is soooooooooo offensive to African-Americans………Unless they can make money from it ?

No, Kanye seems to be just as offended by the flag as any other African American. That’s why he clothed death in it.

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