As much as I’m a HUGE fan of Kanye West‘s music (admittedly more of his older stuff), I don’t really keep up with his fashion endeavors too much. To be perfectly honest with you, I’m really not interested in fashion week and the latest in haute couture. Hell, I’m not even that interested in knowing the 2014 release date of every pair of Nike Air Jordans.
As much as I’m interested in being stylish, staying ahead of the fashion curve just seems exhausting to me. When Kanye started selling shoes, I didn’t find out until my boy told me he got gravel lodged in his cheek from sleeping on the sidewalk in a long-ass line outside the store on the release date. When ‘Ye reportedly sold a white Tee on his site for some ridiculous amount (way more than the $4 I would allot to ANY white tee), I didn’t find out until blogs started to report on it all over Facebook and Twitter. But, when he released his Confederate flag fashion, I managed to see it as soon as it dropped – and it made me stand up from my chair and give that man a hearty round of applause .
Now after I showed Yeezy love for his risky fashion attempt, I realized that I was the only one clapping. In fact, the majority of the Black community lashed out against him, including people like Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, who stated on Twitter:
“Fuck the Confederate flag. I love Kanye no shots but my people continue to suffer psychologically from hardships that happened under that banner.