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This Kanye West Critique By Ta-Nehisi Coates Has Twitter Talking!

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It’s poignant, nuanced, gut-wrenching and powerful — it’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, being Ta-Nehisi Coates. But this time the keyboard assassin has his sights set on Kanye West.

“Brilliant” is the word that has flooded many timelines in an effort to describe Coates’ new essay, “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye.” In a think-piece for The Atlantic, Coates explains what he feels Yeezy really wants, and thats “white freedom.” But, the lengthy read doesn’t just tackle Ye’s recent short-comings, Ta-Nehisi also muses about his own, which makes what could be seen as a harsh critique more of a impassioned observation. However, don’t be fooled, Coates doesn’t mince words when it comes to Mr. West, especially when he writes:

West calls his struggle the right to be a “free thinker,” and he is, indeed, championing a kind of freedom—a white freedom, freedom without consequence, freedom without criticism, freedom to be proud and ignorant; freedom to profit off a people in one moment and abandon them in the next; a Stand Your Ground freedom, freedom without responsibility, without hard memory; a Monticello without slavery, a Confederate freedom, the freedom of John C. Calhoun, not the freedom of Harriet Tubman, which calls you to risk your own; not the freedom of Nat Turner, which calls you to give even more, but a conqueror’s freedom, freedom of the strong built on antipathy or indifference to the weak, the freedom of rape buttons, p*ssy grabbers, and f*ck you anyway, b*tch; freedom of oil and invisible wars, the freedom of suburbs drawn with red lines, the white freedom of Calabasas.

Tough love? Exasperated hate? Both? You’d have to decide for yourself. Twitter, however, seems to be overwhelming in support of Coates’ contemplations.

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