Kanye West Defends Confederate T-Shirts: ‘It’s My Flag Now’

Kanye West (Photo: AP)

By theGrio (Article originally published on theGrio.com)

Kanye West is catching flak these days for all sorts of reasons.

Among his endless feuds and controversies is his curious choice to prominently feature the Confederate flag on T-shirts for his ongoing “Yeezus” tour.

The confederate flag is largely viewed as a symbol of “dehumanization, injustice and pain” by the black community.

However, as far as Kanye is concerned it’s just a way for him to riff on his politically-charged single “New Slaves.”

“React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?” said West during an interview at Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP radio station on Monday.

“I just think people look cool in it. They look nice. And it’s colorless also,” he added. “It’s super hood and super white boy approved at the same time. That’s really what my style has always been.”

Watch a clip of Kanye West on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

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Watch more from of his “Kimmel” appearance here.

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