During his acceptance speech at the BET Honors for his Visionary Award, Kanye West slammed racism and encouraged black men to think beyond stereotypical goals of “making it.”
Yeezy started off by talking about being in a interracial marriage and told a story about how his wife’s father, Robert Kardashian, forseen that she would have a black child.
“She told me [about] where her father, Robert Kardashian, walked out and on the side of his Bentley, they wrote, ‘Nigger Lover,’ because Robert Kardashian was the genius that put together the defense team that got O.J. off,” he said. “She had never saw her father curse, get mad. He was the most laidback human being and he went so crazy and tried to chase the people down. And she stood there crying and said, ‘Dad, why are you going so crazy?’ And he said to her, ‘One day, you may have a black child. A beautiful, beautiful, beautiful black child. And it’s going to be hard. You’re going to see how hard it is.'”
Ye’ also said that most of his rants from last year were taken out of context and that he was trying to encourage black men to expand their goals.
“Yes, part of the reason why I’m not allowed to be empowered is because of race, because of people’s perception of celebrity, because all they want to present to young, black men is the idea of making it to the league or making it to be a rapper, but not the idea of becoming an owner.’ And they would do anything they can to make it seem like a truthful idea is a stupid idea or crazy idea.”
Watch his speech below.