Muddled Message

Kanye West is crazy right? I mean, certifiable for sure. After having a meltdown on stage a while back he had to go into involuntary lockdown for a week during which he was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.

In recent weeks it seems he’s gone a long way to reclaim the spotlight, though mostly through his crazy ramblings… yet amongst all his talk of multiple universes and getting Apple to build his vision of the iPlane 1, and him being single-handedly responsible for Adidas turning around its business, or getting Foxcon to bring their manufacturing to the US, he did say one thing that kind of made sense, though even that was muddled.

One of Kanye’s talking points in the Oval Office, was to call for the repeal of the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution. It’s the one that abolished slavery in the US. He’s copping a lot of crap for this from other African American folk who don’t want anyone to mess with the slavery laws. However, I feel, from listening to him talk a bit, what he really should be asking for an an amendment to the amendment.

You see, Kanye doesn’t want to remove the amendment so he can own himself some slaves. He’s objecting to the part of the 13 Amendment that allows prisoners to be used as slaves. I got that from the part where he was railing about the cheap prison factories. And he’s right. In the US the 13th Amendment would give prisons the right to essentially put all prisoners into unpaid servitude, AKA, slavery. And that a LOT of prisons in the US are private prisons, it’s effectively allowing companies to own these peopler for the length of their internment, having them producing wares at a fraction of the cost it would be if they had to hire a free-labour force.

So yeah, Kanye is a little unhinged, but maybe his heart is in the right place, even if his head is covered with a “Make America Great Again” hat. He has a lot of weird ideas, and he has plenty of people who’ll give him a stage on which to say them, but on this one thing, he kind of has a point, even if he’s latched on to the wrong thing to try and change it.

Meanwhile, like the Trumps, ALL of Kanye’s product line, at time of writing this, is still made outside of the US, while they continue to call for moving manufacturing back to the States. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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