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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Mr. Crouch Has Pulled Mr. West's Card....Unfortunately, Kanye Probably Will Not Care to Read It!

I readily admit to a certain degree of reticence at the thought of interjecting President Obama into every conversation, but at times it appears to be unavoidable. In this instance, I was scanning Stanley Crouch's latest critique aimed at hip hop artist, Kanye West's latest venture.....literature....sort of. At a time when our nation (on the surface) appears to be rebuking a strain of anti-intellectualism that has affected the US on a macro level (and lower tier communities of color from a subcultural "micro" perspective), perhaps due in part, to this historic presidency-Kanye West attempts to break out the dunce cap. Take a look at this excerpt from the Crouch article in question, for the specifics:

Courtesy of the NY Daily News:

It would seem that West's hobbies have changed since his mother died - because of what he said when discussing his new 52-page, 500-word book (yes, that's all, folks!), "Thank You and You Are Welcome." The rapper is quoted as saying, "Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud nonreader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life."

There are so many black people of all ages, like the innovative surgeon Ben Carson, who have - thanks in no small part to the power of books - come right out of the projects, put their thumbs in the ground and turned the world around.

Kanye West seems to be floundering in the sea of irresponsibility that allows grown men and women to never leave the ranch of their adolescence. Poor wealthy kid. He needs his mother now more than ever. Donda West could perhaps help him grow up and use his celebrity to encourage others to do just what she did. Be a responsible adult not giving to misleading children.

Wow! I do not want to belabor the point too much, but what happened to this young man's grammar? "They just be so wordy?" Wasn't Mr. West's late mother a college English professor? The world truly is insane and inane! For the Crouch piece in its entirety, click on the link below:

Maybe Kanye West can rhyme, but he sure can't reason

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