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Kanye West’s views are held in American African-American communities, academic warns

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Kanye West is “not alone” in his skepticism about the Black Lives Matter movement, a leading black professor has said.

The rapper’s views are mirrored by African-American communities across the country, despite the “damage” his actions could cause, political scientist Tatishe M. Nteta warned.

While the 45-year-old singer does not uphold the traditional beliefs of black people in the US, there will be people within communities who will agree with him, he added.

It comes after West was criticized for revealing a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt at his Paris fashion show yesterday.

Father of four Kanye posed for a photo wearing the controversial attire featuring right-wing personality Candace Owens.

The Black Lives Matter organization seized the opportunity to beat up the rapper, claiming that he was broadcasting a “performative dog whistle.”

The rapper and designer hit the global cause on Instagram after wearing a provocative 'White Lives Matter' sweater at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday.

The rapper and designer hit the global cause on Instagram after wearing a provocative ‘White Lives Matter’ sweater at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday.

Professor Tatishe M. Nteta said the “white supremacist mantra” on Kanye’s shirts during the fashion show has further alienated him from the majority of African Americans and what they believe

Nteta said he is “very skeptical” that BLM will ever reach the highs it did in 2020, but Kanye’s controversial shirt and comments have brought the idea back to the forefront of public opinion.

A University of Massachusetts Amherst poll found support for the movement’s causes had fallen from 48 percent to 31 percent in May, and there has been a steady decline over the past two years, including among black people in the US.

Professor Nteta, who led the poll earlier this year, told DailyMail.com: “Kanye West is expressing in some ways a sentiment that some aspects and parts of the American public believe and support.

“But at the same time, Kanye West has expressed very conservative views in recent years. In some ways it’s not surprising.’

He said a lack of hierarchy and a slew of high-profile scandals involving BLM’s leaders and funding have contributed to the decline in support for the movement.

But according to Mr. Nteta, this is now the third time West has shown that he is no longer the same “progressive” artist that audiences knew at the beginning of his musical career.

Eyes turned first when West, who was recently divorced from Kim Kardashian, met and embraced former President Donald Trump, and again when he made the controversial comment that “slavery was a choice.”

And now the “white supremacist mantra” on Kanye’s shirts at the runway show has further alienated him from the majority of African Americans and what they believe, the academic said.

However, there are those within the black community who understand and may agree with what Kanye has said.

Provocation: Kanye West sparked outrage on Tuesday after rejecting Black Lives Matter, the social movement founded to protest social and racial injustices against his own community

Provocation: Kanye West sparked outrage on Tuesday after rejecting Black Lives Matter, the social movement founded to protest social and racial injustices against his own community

Provocation: Kanye West sparked outrage on Tuesday after rejecting Black Lives Matter, the social movement founded to protest social and racial injustices against his own community

He added: “It is a clear contradiction and a very unpopular position among the African American community. This tells me that Kanye embraces conservative ideals.

Kanye has been given a number of opportunities by the African American community to back down or express some degree of rejection from his comments.

“But again, this is now the third major event where Kanye has expressed a position that is again diametrically opposed to the majority of African Americans in this country and the majority of progressives in this country.

‘We should no longer be surprised. He is a conservative person. He is not alone among the nation, and not alone among African Americans.

“The expectation that he will return to the old Kanye is one that will not happen.”

While some may see Kanye’s “Black Lives Matter was a scam” message as a critique of the organization rather than the beliefs behind it, Mr Nteta said that his peddling the “White Lives Matter” mantra is not the way to do it. .

The professor added: ‘You could read it in that sense, this is not a rejection, but this is a ‘we need to start a conversation about the movement’.

“I don’t know if supporting a slogan that runs counter to the BLM movement’s goal of protecting black lives is the best way to do that.”

Kanye West attends the Balenciaga Spring 2023 Fashion Show at the New York Stock Exchange on May 22, 2022

Kanye West attends the Balenciaga Spring 2023 Fashion Show at the New York Stock Exchange on May 22, 2022

Kanye West attends the Balenciaga Spring 2023 Fashion Show at the New York Stock Exchange on May 22, 2022

West Has Rocked BLM Supports After His Controversial Paris Show

West Has Rocked BLM Supports After His Controversial Paris Show

West Has Rocked BLM Supports After His Controversial Paris Show

Since the YZY Season 9 show in Paris on Monday, West has posted and deleted a number of messages on his Instagram, including one that read in all caps: ‘EVERYONE KNOW BLACK LIVES MATTER WAS A SCAM NOW ITS ABOUT YOU’RE WELCOME. ‘

Meanwhile, the official Black Lives Matter organization criticized West for trying to kill the movement — accusing his words of harming “thousands of families fighting for justice.”

A Black Lives Matter spokesperson said: “The stunt was a clear insult to Black Lives Matter, which has been measured as the largest racial justice movement in history.

‘Black models walked the catwalk with the same slogan. “All Lives Matter” and “White Lives Matter” have long served as violent responses to the Black Lives Matter movement, used by white supremacists and hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.

In a follow-up statement, Kanye was clear that he intended to kill the Black Lives Matter movement.

‘Black Lives Matter Grassroots sees this as a learning opportunity. Political education is at the heart of what we do.

“While some see Kanye and Candace’s stunt as a distraction, we recognize that it hurts thousands of families fighting for justice for their loved ones murdered by state-sanctioned violence.

It can sow toxic confusion and be used to legitimize violent attacks on black people.

“Battling disinformation while continuing to do the hard work required for liberation is nothing new for us.

Kanye West and Candace Owens have sent millions of people a performative dog whistle. Kanye is well aware that “white lives” have never been the target of oppression.

Black people, on the other hand, are at the bottom of virtually every economic, social and political measure because of centuries of individual and institutional racism.

Professor Tatishe M. Nteta said “we should no longer be surprised” by Kanye West’s comments about black lives, as he is clearly not the same “progressive” artist he was at the start of his career. This comes on the back of a slow decline in support for the BLM movement over the past year

“Building a world of black freedom means breaking down systems that harm and building new systems of care. Everyone benefits in the end. When black people become free, everyone becomes free.’

Multiple celebrities and politicians have also come out against West, following his Paris runway and Instagram post.

Vogue fashion editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson posted a screed on her Instagram about the “White Lives Matter” t-shirts modeled on West’s runway, calling the collection “deeply offensive, violent and dangerous.”

“I’m smoking… collecting my thoughts,” she wrote before labeling West’s actions as “indefensible behavior.”

She later wrote that she was one of those who “suffered in that room” and worked through the “trauma” of the experience.

But West then ridiculed her in a series of posts on Instagram, questioning her own fashion sense.

Supermodel Gigi Hadid was quick to defend Karefa-Johnson against West’s online attacks, writing: ‘You wish you had a percentage of her intellect [sic].’

“You have no idea haha…. If there really is a point to one of your sh*ts, she might be the only person who can save you. As if the ‘honour’ of being invited to your show should stop anyone from speaking up..? LOL. You’re a bully and a joke,” she added.

In the hip-hop community, outspoken rapper Boosie Badazz, who famously bragged about paying prostitutes to have oral sex with his son, then 12, and cousin, then 13, called out West.

Boosie said, ‘After all we’ve been through as a race, did you put this disrespectful s**t on? You don’t care how blacks have died and suffered at the hands of the white man, now you say Bush doesn’t like black people… really n****a.’