Bravo, Kanye! Bravo!

Imagine how scary for the power brokers and race pimps of our nation. Millions of African American souls thinking for themselves as individuals; unencumbered by the shackles of race and ethnicity. It would be like one gigantic explosion of freedom and self-reliance in the black culture. Oh, how therapeutic! 

In Ta-Nehisi Coates recent article for the Atlantic, “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye”, he asserts that the freedom Kanye West seeks, is “white freedom”. Throughout the article, he compares Kanye West to Michael Jackson, exploring what Coates perceives as liberation from the black “we”. 

Thankfully, this article was followed by an astute response from Shapiro in a National Review article, calling out Coates: “In attacking West in this fashion, Coates actually proves West’s larger point.” Coates criticizes Kanye, saying that “he is a man of no mystery...overexposed,” to which we must respond by exploring Kanye’s perspective that exposure as a progressive individual can be more powerful than mystery rooting people in the past. 

The Role of Individuality in Race Equality

Let the significance of such thinking not best missed. Nurturance and development of oneself beyond race represents the final objective for the descendants of African black slaves. It is the closing measure of the long journey to complete freedom, and the conclusion of The Struggle for African Americans.

Only when African-Americans become free to deviate from each other have we become truly free. 

Beyond African American Cultural Values

This final step also embodies the legacy of millions of souls reduced to huddled and dying black cargo in the holds of slave ships. Your ascension today — African-American men, women, and children — is their restoration. By embracing self beyond race, you need no longer think in black, behave in black, and exist in black. You need only be your individual self — Potent and Absolute.

Replacing Black Culture with Your Own Culture

Embrace the NEW YOU. Recognize that the racial struggle is over. Our struggles are now our individual own struggles. Expanding your career opportunities, interacting with those people you choose, and finding the best schools for your children are now at center stage. The development of yourself and the realization of your fullest potential is now your highest priority. Pursue it. Fervently!

I’m proud of you, Kanye. 

Do your thing, son!

How about the rest of us?

Are YOU ready to just be YOU?

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.