By Walter Rutledge
Friday night I had a terrifying nightmare. In the dream the year was 1818 and I was on Hampton Plantation (the home of the Rutledge family) in McClellanville, South Carolina. Life in the Antebellum south was hard, cruel and short; with the average age of slave mortality under 42 years. Contrary to one uninformed twenty-first century entertainer slavery was not a choice.
The overseer was a mean, simpleton, with a big mouth to make up for his unusually small hands. And according to Stormy Jefferson (one of the upstairs maids) unlike most men who carried at least a six- shooter in their trousers, this overseer sported an unimpressive little derringer that was never fully loaded.
One morning a few of us made our escape. The Great Emancipator! Mother Moses herself! Harriet Tubman (played by Maxine Water- clearly a big budget dream) began to lead us to freedom. Suddenly slave catchers lead by the maniacal overseer were on our trail. Tubman hid us under a bridge that crossed a fast moving creek.
We were terrified. I held my breath trying not to make a sound. The overseer and the mob were right above us on the small wooden bridge! He turned to his best slave catcher and said, “Kuta Kayne which way did they go?”. Kuta Kayne broke into a playful grin, but before he could betray us Tubman cleverly floated a brand new Yeezy sneaker down the creek. Once he spotted his commercial shackle floating in the water Kuta Kayne excitedly begin jumping up and down, “Dey wen dat-a-way Massa Orange”, pointing downstream. The overseer and the mob quickly pursued the Yeezy downstream as we made our way upstream to freedom.
I awoke relieved it was just a dream. The chase, the tension of hiding under the bridge, the thought of death or capture overwhelmed me. The courage of these unsung brave Americans continues to be humbling and inspiring. Then I thought about that poor brainwashed slave- Kuta Kayne.
How sad that not so long ago evil men could control others through violence, fear and intimidation. The thought of an oppressed person brainwashed to betray his own people is a regrettable chapter in American History. I thanked God that times had changed; and convinced myself that in 2018 no self-respecting person of color would spew lies and falsehoods about his own people for the sake of profit or position. Then on Saturday night this happened:
We all know show business is stressful; and rappers have been notoriously susceptible to bad career and social choices when under pressure. (Remember Common rapping in a bow ties and crewneck sweaters after being “Badu-dooed”). This is different!
Kayne West is a dangerous uninformed village idiot. He, like his Massa, are men with a microphone; and an audience desperately wanting to believe he alone has the answers, and only he can fix it. By continuing to spread Massa Orange’s venom with the same misguided fervor as the Kuta Kayne in my dream he too is cracking the whip of disinformation and division.
In America 2018 Kayne, is entitled to free speech, and we should all protect and protest his rights. Don’t support his music, do not buy his merchandize and in November vote; so we can truly begin to make America great.
Kanye West SNL Rantwith Celebrity Reactions Excerpt
Transcripts from the Chris Rock video:
Unaired snippet No. 1: “I wanna cry right now, black man in America, supposed to keep what you’re feelin’ inside right now … ” West sang.
Unaired snippet No. 2: “The blacks weren’t always Democrats. You know it’s like the plan they did, uh, to take the fathers out the home and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s a Democratic plan.”
Unaired snippet No. 3: “There’s so many times I talk to, like, a white person about this and they say, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist.’ Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism, I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
In another clip, the only part that was clear was the audience booing and Rock laughing and whispering “Oh, my God” as he recorded; West then hinted again that he was running for president in 2020.
In the video, West pointed at the audience and accused them of laughing at him.
“They bullied me backstage. They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ They bullied me backstage,” West shouted. “They bullied me!”
A lone supporter in the audience clapped.
“And then they say I’m in a sunken place. You want to see the sunken place?” he said, removing his MAGA hat with his left hand. “Okay, I’mma listen to y’all now.”
West swiftly put the hat back on.
“Or I’mma put my Superman cape on, ’cause this means you can’t tell me what to do,” he continued. “Follow your heart and stop following your mind. That’s how we’re controlled. That’s how we’re programmed. If you want the world to move forward, try love.”