#IfSlaveryWasAChoice Gives Black Community a Comedy Outlet to Deal With Kanye’s Ignorance
Comedy is often the best weapon marginalized communities have against the ills of the world. Being that one of the biggest ills the world is facing right now is Kanye West saying things he really shouldn’t be saying, Black Twitter has come forward in truly hilarious fashion to put him in his place.
Trump-loving Kanye has been saying a lot of nonsensical things lately, but the most egregious thing was during this TMZ interview in which he actually uttered the words, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”
Yeeeah, no. When I hear about slavery for 400 years, that sounds to me like an institution built into the fabric of our country that was so supported as to hold for that many centuries and still has systemic repercussions today. That’s what it sounds like. But, I mean, WHAT DO I KNOW?
ANYwho, Black Twitter was not having it, and after being rightfully pissed off decided to go the humor route. Because after all, how else can you really respond to complete and total ridiculousness? For example, check out this tweet (and the accompanying thread) from Clarkisha Kent, creator of The Kent Test:
I am never going to apologize for using humor to point out the sheer absurdity & ignorance of not even implying but outright PROCLAIMING that our ancestors CHOSE to be enslaved. Do you know how big of a mugu you have to be to even utter such a thing? #IfSlaveryWasAChoice pic.twitter.com/W13VA1vOQ0
— Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) May 2, 2018
And of course, you have the requisite checks being made:
— Ashleyyyy (@Ashleyk78) May 2, 2018
And this is why I’m just here to laugh and amplify.
There was a lot being said about pursuing an education at Slave University:
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 2, 2018
— quiyonce (@schoolgurlqxo) May 2, 2018
And a lot of talk about dealing with a boss who does not appreciate you:
— X (@wazzamsupah) May 2, 2018
— asema (@Aulems) May 2, 2018
— Prohoeletariat🖖🏾 (@Tsogo_k) May 2, 2018
But also a lot about working with your friends:
— 20 😁 (@2flyy_ky) May 2, 2018
— Bundy (@_brianbeckford) May 2, 2018
Plenty of people came for Kanye directly:
— Uncle Drew (@drewball615) May 2, 2018
— ChocolateCityComics (@ChocCityComics) May 2, 2018
And some of the biggest laughs came from different people’s take on the same meme, like using this behind-the-scenes photo of director Steve McQueen and star Lupita Nyong’o on the set of 12 Years a Slave to hilarious effect:
— Jay🍋 (@goldengirljay) May 2, 2018
— #elnegrotienetumbao (@Geechi_Luciano) May 2, 2018
— Luke Lawal Jr. (@lukelawal) May 2, 2018
And you will not, WILL NOT, forget the gays:
— Queen Beryl’s Nail Tech (@PorterPizzazz) May 2, 2018
However, there were also some people on hand to remind us exactly why what Kanye West said was so harmful:
— Aundre’ Raashad 👑 (@AundreRaashad) May 2, 2018
— keron miller (@norek_miller) May 2, 2018
Here’s to resilience through humor, and here’s hoping that whatever Kanye is going through these days gets worked out soon.
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