The internet has annoyed me over the past 24 hours with the circulation of numerous posts that imply that African-American people are losing their originality in an effort to be accepted by the white population and or mainstream. I was absolutely fed up when I woke up this morning to a headline from theGRIO that eluded that Kanye West and his “white voice” is unnecessary and trumped-up the concept of him and his “assimilation” as an African-American man. I was enraged by the notion that there is a “white voice” syndrome and he’s over utilizing it within his recent Time Magazine interview.
How could such an idea be an acceptable opinion posted on a website that’s considered to house respectable points of view for the intellectual population of professionals that read it. I was well aware of its “click appeal” which is probably why the author decided to go with such an awkward approach to the shocking news that Mr. West was named Time Magazine’s most influential person of the year. An extreme upgrade from his previous years of boasting to be a college dropout cradled by his mother to utilize his gifts as a creative artist.
Kanye West has come a long way. Kanye has worked hard researching and studying the skills necessary to hone his craft. He’s been bashed by the media for recent years for having a temper and not being mindful of what he has to say and how it can affect society and the image of him and his family consequently, so, now that he speaks in a manner that makes it clear that he is doing what society has asked of him time and time again which is “think about what you say Kanye before you say it”- he is accused of having a white voice?
How on earth is this ok? The blogger mentions that she is not saying that a white voice is the end product of the dialect of an educated person with fine tuned articulation skills but she is more so disappointed by the lack of bass in his voice. Maybe he doesn’t need bass in his voice at this point in time. Maybe, he was sick. I’m sorry that Kanye is missing bass in his voice to get you off and make you fall in love with the words he has associated with such a groundbreaking platform and lifetime accomplishment. Get over yourself and realize that his base has nothing to do with you and your post on the Grio. Martin Luther King never had base in his voice but we are all ok with that. I’m not comparing Kanye to MLK, I’m just comparing how people utilize their oratory skills to match their goals in reaching an audience. I lack any respect for an opinion that makes me feel like they’d prefer Kanye sound like James Earl Jones in order to remain black, respectable and manly. Lets allow him to bask in the moment of glory for such a wonderful moment and stop being petty with ridiculous notions. Yeah I said it!
The blogger that posted the story is a well-respected woman whom I adore by the name of Demetria Lucas D’Oyley and I actually read her blog. I still feel that we as black women should take what we say seriously on the internet and avoid things like this just for clicks. We are going to remain paid honey no need to throw shade. I just hate when people take advantage of the internet to bring people down during a pivotal moment within their lives just to point out an infinitesimal and completely irrelevant aspect of the overall situation. I have a white voice too and I use it show that I have superb speaking abilities, I’m articulate and able to communicate exceptionally well. I should be since I was classically trained in the art of public speaking. Have you ever thought about the notion that maybe Kanye took his speaking power seriously and decided to get an interview coach? Huh? I’m waiting on a reply. We are the only demographic that does this to our own people . Assimilation is real. I won’t deny that, however, don’t shame a man for doing what he has to do to keep the money rolling in and remain relevant so that he can feed his family.
May the Lord Watch Between Me and Thee While We Are Absent One From The Other