poetry: searching for kanye west

May 2, 2018

Can you hear all the Black kids calling your name?

Wondering why the boy who rapped
about his mama getting arrested
for the sit-ins
didn’t sit in?

Why he traded in his Nat Turner for Ralph Lauren?

Do you know how many kids at the protests had your sneakers on? None of them.
Do you know how many of your songs were played at the protests? All of them.

– Jasmine Mans, Footnotes for Kanye

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