By now, many of you have heard the latest from Kanye West, "Diamonds are From Sierra Leone." Admittedly, this is Kanye's attempt to somehow bring attention to the plight of those in Sierra Leone who are affected by wars paid for with conflict diamonds. And as soon as I saw the title of the song and heard the first verse about a month or two ago, I thought, "Hey, Kanye is actually rapping about something worthwhile here. That's great!"
That all continued....right up until the second verse where he stops rapping about Sierra Leone and starts the usual Self-Aggrandizing that's present in most hip hop. Which isn't out of place, but in a song about Blood Diamonds and Sierra Leone...I have to wonder:
Does Kanye care about black people?
We all know he feels that President George W. Bush doesn't. But as I always say, the proof is in the pudding, Kanye. When you make a song about Sierra Leone, I expected that the song would talk about...Sierra Leone. But after talking for a while about how it hurts your poor concience to wear Conflict Diamonds, you stop talking about the problem in Sierra Leone. You also do a hell of a lot to make black people look bad. Check out these lyrics:
"And here's the conflictUh, thanks for telling black people that all they care about is gold and diamonds and that they innately value these things above all else. Geez, maybe Bill Cosby is right.
It's in a black person's soul to rock that gold
Spend ya whole life tryna' get that ice
On a polo rugby it look so nice
How could somethin' so wrong make me feel so right, right?
'fore I beat myself up like Ike
You could still throw ya Rocafella diamond tonight"
What else does Kanye say about the conflict in Sierra Leone?
"People askin' me is I'm gon' give my chain back (uh)
That'll be the same day I give the game back"
Nice to see Kanye cares so much about the conflict in Sierra Leone that he's going to give back all his diamonds in a protest. What a role model to us...what...He's not? Really?
While we in the west prattle on about wealth and riches and about how valuable and wonderful our lives are, we completely ignore and forget how valuable the lives of people in Africa are. Imagine walking down the streets of New York and seeing people having their arms cut off because of a conflict fed by Blood Diamonds? This is what they see every day. It's not any less horrible for them because they live in Africa. They feel the same as we do.
And while the conflict goes on, Kanye prattles on about how great diamonds look on him. I guess its true after all...Kanye West just doesn't care about black people.