In an interview with Clique TV, Kanye West said that racism is, “Dated. It’s a silly concept that people try to touch on to either separate, to alienate, or to pinpoint anything. It’s stupid.”
“It’s like a bouncing ball in a room with two cats, or something. Let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has no purpose – other than that it bounces. That’s racism. It’s not an actual thing that even means anything. It’s something that was used to hold people back in the past, but there’s been so many leaps and breaking of the ‘rules’ that it’s like, it’s played out, it’s like a style from the 1800’s…” said West.
Clique TV asked Kanye what he thought about white people singing “the N-word” at his concerts, specifically referring to hit song, “N***as in Paris.”
West explained, “It’s difficult for black people right now. It does hurt when we hear that, because we’re still in a generation that remembers when racism was a big thing that held people back, and now it’s more class-ism, and it’s more social. It’s like your class and your financial standing is what can hold you back.” West further explained that Obama and Jay Z are perfect examples of people who were not “held back” by racism.
Said West, “It’s true that white people use that word at concerts. It’s like when my words get taken out of context: I can say anything I want on a beat, but when I say it in an interview, it would be taken out of context and people would be like, ‘Oh, he’s an egomaniac,’ but it’s like, wait a second – this is the way people rap. It’s like boxing: if you box inside the ring and beat somebody all the way up, you can make millions of dollars. But if you box at a bar and beat somebody up, you’ll lose millions of dollars. It’s all in the context.”