For #kanyewest, who in #truth, long ago departed from us. Yet, as 2016 has claimed too many #casualties, may his #rightmind #rest well & may he #redeem both #Black #sanity & the alleged #artisticgenius that #Blackness bestows 🙏
From "Raising #Kanye: Life Lessons From The Mother Of A Hip-Hop Star" -by Dr #Donda West. Lest not the man be measured by the #virtue of his #mother, but when I hear Kanye speak; when I try to frame his context, I recollect conversations between his mother & mine. - 'ARROGANCE OR CONFIDENCE?': Chapter 13.
She writes: - "Although we are constantly taught that it is a good thing to display strong self-worth and to stand and walk tall, we're often criticized when we really do that. We live in a world where we're taught to feel badly and get used to it. In some instances, the more we look down at our shoes...the more we are thought to be behaving appropriately. There is a contradiction in that somewhere..."Is it arrogance or confidence we see in a determined, strong-willed, expressive Kanye?" Despite the opinions of others, I say that it is confidence...when you're challenged or challenge yourself to be the best...To believe in himself, however, meant he had to know who he was. Otherwise he might believe in some pseudo self, some figment of his #imagination. So I made it a point to address the issue consciously. As an educator, I always posed this question to my students: Who are you? Naturally, I posed it to my own son. I was first confronted with the question myself in the essay "Who Am I" by #MaryaMannes. I taught it for nearly thirty years in all my freshman writing classes and used it in parenting Kanye too. It raised one of the most important questions we can ever ask..."Who are you? Not you together, but you singularly?...When did you begin to know that you are unique, separate, alone? We came from somewhere. Not - just the seeds of our fathers and the wombs of our mothers- but from a long line of forefathers before us. The time of self-discovery is different for everybody. Some, very few, find themselves early in life. For others - discovery comes later..for most...the tragic ones, self-discovery never comes."