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