Kanye Has Awakened The Reverend: Sharpton Calls For Boycott Against West’s Confederate Flag Merchandise

November 7, 2013  |  

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Kanye West better watch out! The Rev. Al Sharpton is coming for him — and any store that agrees to sell his controversial Confederate flag merchandise, HipHopWired reports.

Sharpton and The National Action Network of Los Angeles (NANLA), a civil rights group he established, is rallying the troops to boycott West’s questionable taste in fashion: A t-shirt that features a skull superimposed on the Confederate flag with the words “I ain’t comin’ down.” The emblem, which has long held racist undertones, can also be found on tote bags. And Sharpton ain’t havin’ it:

“The Confederate flag symbolizes dehumanization, injustice and pain. It is a stark reminder of an era in our history that was defined by the abhorrent practice of slavery. And it is representative of a mentality that looked upon blacks as inferiors who needed to remain in the shackles of subservience,” he said.

According to Bossip, NANLA released a biting statement about the “New Slaves” rapper calling his merchandise a “disgrace” and an “embarrassment”:

“[M]any of our ancestors were brutalized, kidnapped , raped, and murdered during slavery under this flag. Its inexcusable for West to be promoting and merchandising this flag. Were determined to boycott and shut down any other stores that attempt to sell this merchandise,” stated Rev K.W. Tulloss, President of NANLA.

As MN has reported, Kanye West tried to justify the usage of the confederate flag on his fashion goods; he wanted to “re-appropriate” the controversial emblem. “React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it…So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag,” said Ye.

Clearly, his explanation isn’t convincing enough as he’s set off a firestorm of outrage in the African-American community. Najee Ali, a political director of NANLA, expressed her raw opinion on Mr. West’s apparel: “I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs . But we all know Kanye doesn’t have the courage to do that. The Jewish community would run him out of town if he did and so should the African American community, she said”

Yeezus’ vainglorious attitude has gone too far — and the Rev. Al is here to set him straight. Along with NANLA, he is calling for a national boycott of the offensive clothing line.

Do you think this boycott will be successful?

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  • KitKat

    Al Sharpton does not need to waste his time boycotting Kanye. He needs to use his resources elsewhere. Once Kanye’s pockets start to lighten then will he realize the error of his ways. Everyone does not buy into ignorance. Kanye is headed down a path of self destruction with the stunts that he is pulling.

  • FromUR2UB

    How do you “re-appropriate” sh*t? These people get on my nerves thinking they can take something innately foul, and clean it up. They don’t seem to think it all the way through…they just get as far as thinkng about the publicity it will bring them. Trying to embrace the tenets of racism is like going to the zoo, having monkeys throw their dung at you, and then picking it up and smearing it on yourself…to make it yours. Jacka** idiot!

  • Chas

    I wish I could put a GIF in the comments, I have the perfect one for my reactions to Kanye’s actions

  • scandalous7

    the headline killed me.

  • kiki

    i dont understand how these celebrities can say they are trying uplift their people, by continually distancing themselves FROM the people they claim to represent. ex- kanye and his “new slaves” vision of redefining the confederate flag…. it makes no sense. anyways, i also don’t know if this boycott will work. young ppl need to understand history and co opting symbols of your oppressors isn’t that. I wonder if reverend al tried talking to kanye about this subject. one on one man to man. in an ideal situation, two men of this stature should be speaking regularly on how to make things better– not battling each other in public to address their “concerns”

  • BabyBlue

    Will it work? Who knows. I do believe that people should educate themselves on what the confederate flag is and what it represents. I think taking people’s word for it doesn’t make the boycott work.

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