Kanye West Has Officially Descended Into The Sunken Place

Kanye West Has Officially Descended Into The Sunken Place

Kanye West doesn't care about Black people!

Kanye "Sunken Place" West is yet again in the media cycle for another series of explosive comments. *eats a bite of cereal* It all started when...well, no one really knows when it started, to be honest. After almost a year away from social media, the blackest Kardashian returned to Twitter, sending out a rampage of tweets. His messages, cryptic and erratic (2024. I'm nobody's "client"), set off a Wakandan fire storm when he tweeted out support for Candace Owens and then the Cheeto-In-Chief, himself, Donald Trump.

There is a fine line between genius and insanity, and Mr. Kardashian has been walking along that piece of twine for a little while now. He goes from saying George Bush "doesn't like Black people" to expressing his feelings on racism "being an out-date concept"...and not in the context we would have hoped for.

I think Snoop said it best, "the evolution of Jay-Z and Kanye show you how influential your wife can be to your life." For some time now, the internet has been comparing Kanye to Daniel Kaluuya's character in Jordan Peele's documentary on contemporary Black life, Get Out. For those who haven't seen it, or those who are incredibly oblivious and really thought it was just a horror film...the re-occurring metaphor of the sunken place is the contra to being "WOKE." The sunken place is the perpetual place of dormancy, regarding systematic and idiosyncratic injustice and oppression in regards to race...A.K.A, The Kardashian-West compound, as well as other locations. And Kanye and his wife made it oh-so obvious that they hadn't seen the film when he tweeted out a pictures of his home, asking if it looked like the sunken place (it does, actually,) and she tweeted that Kanye was "actually out of the sunken place when he is being himself, " which directly translates to, "he had his senses before becoming a Kardashian and shoving his head up The Man's ass."

I mean, we all knew for sure that Kim Kardashian was a woman who went out of her way for Black dick and not Black people when she thought it appropriate to text during a Michael Brown moment of silence back in 2014, but I think we all thought since giving birth to Black babies, specifically a Black woman, that she might actually evolve into...never mind

But lets take a look at the devolution of Kanye Kardashian.

In February of 2004, Kanye released one of his most commercially successful albums, "The College Dropout." Kanye has stated that for years prior, every label he met with refused to sign him because he didn't produce the "gangsta persona" popular in the early 2000's (nor the background to fake it). Instead, his music was a stream of "woke" storytelling. "Fuck the police, that hows I treat 'em," was one of the most explosive lines in "All Falls Down," and in "Never Let Me Down," West raps about his grandfather taking his mother, then six-years-old, to an all white lunch counter and them subsequently being arrested. He also made references to police brutality and consumerism in the Black community.

"Late Registration" talked about Ronald Reagan and the crack epidemic, and called out the exploitation of Black communities. Later that year he called out then President George W. Bush for not doing enough to help the victims (mostly POC) of hurricane Katrina during a live telethon.

Then in 2011, West's joint album with Jay-Z, "Watch The Throne," reflected on racism as a whole, as well as sexism and Black consumerism.

Then something happened. Now, I don't want to place all the blame on his wife, but I'm sure she didn't help things much. Somehow she was able to convince Kanye, and only Kanye, that she was "down" with that deplorable excuse for a plate of soul food. At the very least, she could have not given him the burnt part of the sweet potatoes or called it a souffle. SMH.

But I digress. Yezzus then went on to say that racism didn't mean anything and insinuated that his wife was more influential than First Lady Michelle Obama, because Mrs. Obama didn't post naked photos in Instagram.

After attempting to lick Ben Carson's ass, Kanye made it clear the type of women he values most. The multiracial ones. In 2014, Mr. West released a casting call for his clothing line requesting "multiracial women only," meaning only mixed and light skinned women, and when dragged on social media, used the defense, "The 10,000 people that showed up didn’t have a problem with [the word 'multiracial']." In the same Vogue article he tried to backtrack staying that he the casting call was for "variations" of Black women, but was confused on how to request that. I believe simply asking for "Black women," would have done the trick as Black women already come in a variety of shades, but what do I know? I wasn't a college dropout.

His fashion show collaborations with artist Vanessa Beecroft also shed some light into West's state of mind. Beecroft herself attempted to adopt African orphans from the Sudan to use as subjects in her work and had to be physically taken down by a nun after attempting to strip naked African orphans for a photo. No, this really happened. She is also on record admitting that she doesn't like working with Black women...hmmm. And this Kanye's homegirl.

He then later told Black people to stop focusing on racism, because the world is racist and that just the way things go, and publicly admitted for the first time that if he would have voted, it would have been for Trump. Not because he didn't think that Black lives or women's lives mattered, but because Trump was the winner and you're cool when you vote for the people who win things.

After a two year hiatus, Yezzus lived. In April of 2018, he rose again in accordance to the scriptures. He appeared to witnesses before he ascended onto Twitter to sit at the right hand of Donald Trump.

Personally, I have never looked to Kanye West for thoughtful political analysis or philosophy. Whilst he may think he is some sort of second coming, the truth is, he is a man-baby suffering though a temper tantrum. He has endued the untimely death of his mother, and nearly lost the mother of his children in a burglary attempt all while under the scrutinizing spotlight. He has probably suffered enough pain for an entire lifetime, but his response is nothing more than a lashing out. He is not "all knowing." He is not a philosopher. He is not Jesus. He is a rich Black man who was probably ostracized by Black friends as a child, and in his adult life, feels he is owed something from the Black community. It takes a monumental amount of ignorance, self loathing and selfishness to stand there and say that 400 years of being stolen, beaten, raped, dismembered, and torn apart from your family was a damn choice.

This isn't about freedom of speech or creativity. This is about the fact that Kanye West has a platform and there is zero excuse for using that platform to piss on Black history. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors.


We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us
We trying to buy back our 40 acres
And for that paper, look how low we a'stoop
Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coupe - The Old Kanye West

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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