Why Kanye West’s “free thinker” mentality is problematic

Ladies and gentlemen, Kanye West is in the building.

Kanye West has spent the better part of the past two weeks expressing his support for President Trump, conservative YouTuber Candace Owens and what he has called “free thinking.” To be fair, the lyrics that proceed West’s verse in “Lift Yourself” are objectively beautiful, though they may be controversial, as they are reminiscent of Booker T. Washington’s famous speech at the Atlanta Exposition, in which he urged the first generations of freed African Americans to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

This newest song echoes West’s thoughts as he expresses that African Americans are trapped in a victim mentality and need to focus on lifting themselves up out of it. After facing some backlash…

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