*Kanye West has never shied from controversy.
In fact, he feeds on the drama, digests it, and poops out material for his fans, and critics, alike.
Well folks, Yeezy has done it again, this time with help from the Confederate Flag.
As part of his “Yeezus” tour, Kanye West is reportedly selling merchandise that features the United States of America’s Confederate flag. The merchandise was revealed during West’s first tour stop on his “Yeezus” tour, which took place in Seattle, Washington on Saturday (October 19).
West hasn’t gone public with an explanation for his usage of controversial symbol, but it may be related to his new songs, “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves.”
Reverend Al Sharpton, a politician, activist and reverend, recently weighed in on the symbolism of the flag in a Huffington Post editorial, criticizing a man who waved the Confederate flag outside of the United States’ White House.
“Often times, people like to falsely believe that the Confederate flag is somehow not offensive,” Sharpton wrote. “As Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post highlighted in his recent piece, it’s akin to placing a swastika somewhere. The Confederate flag symbolizes dehumanization, injustice and pain.”
Over the years, a slew of rappers have denounced the Confederate flag. On “Doo Rags,” Nas discusses his distaste for the flag. “Confederate flags I burn,” Nas says on the track.
“When you see them Confederate flags, you know what it is,” Wayne raps. “A White cracker mothafucker that probably voted for [President George Bush].”
Immortal Technique has also rapped about the flag on “Crossing the Boundary.”
“Burn Trent Lott wrapped in his Confederate flag,” Technique rhymed on the song.
MJG featured a Confederate flag in flames in its cover art for 1997’s No More Glory.
Images of West’s merchandise can be viewed below, as seen on Hip-Hop Wired.