Kanye West Claims The Confederate Flag As His Own

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In one of his more controversial moves, self-professed creative genius, Kanye West, has come out to defend his use of the Confederate battle flag on his Yeezus tour merchandise.

In an interview with Los Angeles 97.1 AMP radio, West explained why he chose to use a symbol that is a painful reminder of oppression, dehumanization, and injustice  for many.

West stated, “React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. It represented slavery, in a way, that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. I wrote New Slaves. So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. What are you gonna do?”

He went on to say that people look great in his tour merchandise and that the flag is colorless, “It’s super hood and super white boy approved at the same time. That’s really what my style has always been.”

The merchandise in question is for sale at a pop-up shop on Melrose Ave next to the Kardashian owned Dash boutique and features skeletons in addition to the flag. One of the t-shirts shows a skull with the Confederate flag as the background and the words “I Ain’t Comin Down” while another has a skeleton kneeling in prayer with the words “Yeezus Wants You” emblazoned on the front.

Check out the clip below where West not only talks about co-opting the Confederate flag, but gives insight on why he does not take advice from people older than him and let’s it be known that Beyoncé still has one of the best videos of all time.

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