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?

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  • lola289

    He’s a joke…just pathetic.

  • Vida Mapatis

    It’s his expression of everything that was taken from those oppressed. It makes me think, what if history was different and Blacks became the skinheads and fought back against the hatred and what was done to them, karma would be a serious bitch if that happened… I totally understand it as a Native American… They want to ban his merchandise, anything that promotes hatred, swastikas… Don’t FORGET that the SWASTIKA was TAKEN from the NATIVE AMERICANS and was used as a symbol for other than what it meant. Swastikas were a symbol of peace. But those people who claim to create a civil society, they wiped out all our ancestors and we inherited their burdens. If you look at it in a different light, we still carry that slavery upon our backs every day. We’re slaving away to jobs that can barely support our families, we’re slaving away to this government with officials sitting on thrones reaping all the benefits… Kanye is an educated man, his mother Donda was a teacher and most people don’t understand what he’s about unless they look deep into history. The confederate flag was rejected as a national symbol and was adopted as a battle flag for the state of Virginia. Later it became known as “the rebel flag” the symbol of the South and the South was taken from the Blacks who slaved away and made it into the prosperity that slave owners never had to pay their dues for. The flag was dragged through all these ties with white supremacy, they tarnished it and gave it a bad name and reputation just like how they did with swastikas when here that is a part of our Native culture. Think about it. All he’s doing is expressing some truth. Truth always seems to be the thing that needs to be addressed but gets people in trouble. And nobody will be there to back up the person standing up for the majority.

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  • Ken Francisco

    Seriously stupid. Simply said.

  • That would be like a Jewish person wearing a swastika and lightening bolts. I get the concept of reclaiming what has been used to oppress, but this is not that.