Kanye West And The Modern Minstrel Show
I said it. Flame me, send me hate mail, whatever.
I'm just skeeved out at all the people who are grooving on his remarks from last week. He said something utterly ridiculous and inappropriate to the venue. Yet Egalia and others go on about how he Spoke Truth To Power (as if the viewing audience on NBC Friday Night is "Power"), rejoicing all the while about how cool it is to finally have the Facts out there.
People who fancy themselves open-minded are warmed by having him pander to their core beliefs with what was essentially a showman's patter.
Someone please tell me how this differs from the minstrel shows from 175 years ago.
1. You have people with a set idea about race and racial stereotypes. In this case, that rich white men don't care about black people.
2. You have entertainers who get on stage and mock those people by using the stereotypes to entertain. In this case a well-thought-of black entertainer who flouts the stereotype to gain approval from the intended audience.
3. You have an audience who is eager to hear their beliefs confirmed in an entertaining and amusing way. 175 years ago it was men in blackface eating watermelon to the hoots and cheers of an audience who believed that was all there was to black people. Nowadays it is a self-satisfied audience who are falling over themselves in their eagerness to believe the worst about white men with money.