Al Sharpton Slams Kanye West For ‘Racist’ Merchandise
Is Kanye West’s latest merchandise racist? West has found himself a new enemy in civil rights advocate Al Sharpton, who is calling for a boycott on Yeezus merchandise that has the confederate flag plastered on it. Sharpton, the head of civil rights group National Action Network, has launched a campaign to have the controversial merchandise removed from shops across the country.
Sharpton has accused West of both racism and ignorance by using the Confederate flag, declaring that it “symbolizes dehumanization, injustice and pain. It is a stark reminder of an era in our history that was defined by the abhorrent practice of slavery.” He is now calling on West to remove the merchandise.
However, the rapper has refused to do do, declaring that his use of the confederate flag actually gives the power of the symbol back to the black community. “I took the confederate flag and made it my flag,” he said. “It’s my flag now.”
Najee Ali, the political director of the L.A. Branch of NAN, said that West using the confederate flag on his merchandise is no less offensive than if he were to use a similar symbol associated with the pain of a different minority. “I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs,” he said. “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.
Controversial actions like this are likely why West’s Q score rating has dropped, a proven web statistic that determines likability and popularity. Daily Mail reports that since his relationship with reality star Kim Kardashian began in April 2011, the rapper’s Q score has dropped by a staggering 66 percent.