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The exploitive anti-blackness of Kanye West

By Charles M. Blow

09 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

This week, Kanye West has been at the center of (self-made) controversy - once again. In this opinion piece, the author vehemently argues that West is repackaging and promoting anti-Black racism.

Among Kanye West’s defenders, the thinking goes like this: He is a genius, a freethinker, an elevated conscience. They may not like or agree with everything he does, but they applaud the man.

There is a cult of Kanye, and I came to the opinion long ago that our society confers a special allure on cults, particularly when they are tied not to religion but to pop culture or politics. In those arenas, they feel fun, innocent, like rooting together for a favorite team.

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