On Saturday, Jan. 25, Kanye West took home the Visionary Award at this year’s BET Honor Awards, which are slated to air on BET on Feb. 23.
In a single speech, the 37-year-old managed to respond to rumors that his wife, Kim Kardashian, is a gold digger, diss her exes (hey, Ray J) and make a powerful message about racism, his daughter, North and his late father-in-law, Robert Kardashian.
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“At the barbershop… I used to hear people always talking about, “Man, you know when an entertainer get on, of course you know he’s gon’ go and get a white girl and blah blah blah,’” he said. “But I want to say that my wife has dated broke black dudes. It got nothing to do with the money.”
This has widely been interpreted as an insult aimed at either Damon Thomas (her first husband), Ray J or Nick Cannon — or all of the above (not that any of them are or were particularly “broke”).
He also shared a story about how his late father-in-law, Robert Kardashian, who he never had the chance to meet, supposedly foretold his daughter, Kim, of her future with racism.
Kanye explained, “It takes me back to a story that she told me where her father Robert Kardashian walked out, and on the side of his Bentley, they wrote, ‘n—a lover’ because Robert Kardashian was the genius that put together the defense team that got OJ off.
“She had never seen her father curse or get mad. He was the most laid-back human being. And he went crazy and tried to chase the people down. And she’s sitting there crying and was like, ‘Dad, why you going so crazy?’ He said to her, ‘One day, you may have a black child…a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful black child…and it’s gonna be hard. You’re gonna see how hard it is.’
“So true enough, we deal with racism because there are different races. Or the micro of it is that we focus on the different races as opposed to the macro, which is the human race.”
Kim Kardashian, as a baby, with her late father. Photo courtesy of Instagram.
Just as Rob Sr. predicted, Kim came to discover racism of sorts, especially after she took a trip to Vienna with her mother, Kris Jenner, and her daughter, North. While on the plane, the family had racial slurs thrown at them during the flight.
“To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle,” she blogged in May.
“But recently, I’ve read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism is and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been.”