Kanye West claims that he’s re-appropriating the confederate flag by wearing and selling t-shirts bearing the symbol of slavery, injustice and pain. Not everyone agrees with, or even understands, the rapper’s odd take on the flag. The National Action Network (NAN) of Los Angeles, a leading national civil rights group founded by Reverend Al Sharpton, is calling for a national boycott of his clothing.
Najee Ali, political director of the Los Angeles National Action Network:
“Kanye West already has several pieces of merchandise from his Yeezus tour that are emblazoned with the controversial Southern Cross at his tour store in Los Angeles. Our organization is determined to shut down that and any other store that decides to sell this merchandise. For African-Americans the confederate flag is symbolic of the hurt and pain of slavery in the South and the legacy it has left for those still living under those ideologies. When Kanye embraces and adorns this confederate flag, He also embraces the ignorance and racism that goes along with it. I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs. 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.”
The rapper, who is engaged to reality TV star, Kim Kardashian, opened a pop-up shop next to his soon-to-be wife’s clothing store, “Dash,” that sales garments emblazoned with the confederate flag. NAN is demanding a boycott of that store and any other retailers who sell Kanye’s flag-bearing garments.
“The Confederate flag 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. And it is representative of a mentality that looked upon blacks as inferiors who needed to remain in the shackles of subservience,” Reverend Al Sharpton added.
Will you join in on the boycott, Clutchettes and Gents? Did you even plan to support Kanye’s Confederate Flag clothing line in the first place?