Kanye West: I'm not a racist
August 6th, 2010
06:25 PM ET

Kanye West: I'm not a racist

Kanye West is a new man.

So says the rapper who took to U-Stream on Friday to answer questions from fans. Speaking from somewhere in Korea, West appeared wearing the outfit he wore in the “Flashing Lights” video (which he told fans was his favorite).

After speaking about his love of art and how it helped influence the video for his new song “Power,” (“I always had the dream of recreating the Sistene Chapel”) West discussed his creative process and his admiration of James Cameron’s “Avatar” and the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen whose creativity he said he uses as his bar.

“When I make music, I’m not really thinking about other rappers album,” West said. “I’m thinking about the McQueen collection.”

The rapper became reflective when a viewer posted a comment referring to West as racist.

“I actually don’t know a rapper before me that liked white people more than me,” he said. “I don’t know a rapper that collaborated with more white people.”

“I know what I did that made people put it in a box, but it never came from a place of that,” he continued. “I’m not going to dial into that but I will just say that in no way am I racist.”

West also says he is not a raving egomaniac.

“What you have to realize is a lot of times when I talk and I am talking extremely cocky, I am not talking about myself,” he said. “I am talking about the work. I think people should be proud of their work.”

The rap star is now going for a kinder, gentler approach, he says.

“It’s no more time to be a rude a** celebrity,” West said. “It’s now all about the work. I’m not allowing my attitude to get in the way of the work anymore.”


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  1. ksmysss

    This dick is the BIGGEST freakn racist there is he hates white people

    August 7, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carolyn McMillan

    It is so ridiculous. Black people have suffered rascism, oppression and conflict and contradiction for centuries, now we are being evaluated for rascism!!!!!!! Kanye west is not a racist, he is a sell out.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      He's not a sell out, he's just aweful! I mean come on, he's banging Kim K now. That proves he's crazy and not all there

      July 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCq

      have you not heard any of his lyrics? As a black man, I ask myself, 'would this be accepted if he were white targeting blacks?'. He often does come off with a racist and overall tone of bigotry. Have you watched the "Monster" video? If you do, you would be outraged if the same video were made by a white male with black female actresses.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCq

      not all blacks are being 'evaluated' just Kanye... I think he may have some racist tenancies... Just look at his lyrics and music videos. Just because blacks have suffered racism doesn't mean that they are incapable of giving it...

      July 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brother Jones

      You damn right blacks are being evaluated for racism. Your grandparents had to deal with REAL racism... NOT you. Today we should ALL be equal. By showing you think you can be a racist with special privileges because of our ancestors shows how truly ignorant and racist you are. You give black people a bad name. Sorry folks, not all of us are filled with the same hate she and Kanye have. You can't turn the tables and expect positive change. I see every race under suppression in low rent areas. The ghettos where blacks are the majority is because they are in the same frame of mind as yourself. GROW UP! God bless EVERYONE!

      August 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 29, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marissa

    Ok, well he says he isnt racist, but we all know he is. Remember the incident with Taylor Swift? Taylor Swift, a white girl, had just won the best music video award. Then Kanye West, a black man, came up on stage, took her microphone, and started ranting hurtful things to Taylor in front of millions of people everywhere..He said that Beyonce, a black woman, should have won...He obviously prefers the black race enough to come and ruin one of the happiest moments of someones life...Racist much? Now please don't think that I'm racist, I believe that blacks and whites and any race for that matter should be equal. Im just stating facts...

    July 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Camellia

      I don't think that was racially motivated at all! I think Beyonce is a friend of him and whether a white artist or a black one was on stage he would have reacted the same way. I don't understand how it can be seen as racist because I didn't hear one racist remark! Because he prefers Beyonce over Taylor he is racist?? Doesn't make sense! He could have preferred her solely based on his opinion of her talent.

      May 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nephelle

      White people would experince hatred towards them from black and brown folks who experience real racism. One cannot be racist if you cant hold smeone down because of their race. Only whites have done this...

      June 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. He is a

    Racist. I used to enjoy some of his music. Now I can hardly listen to a cd of his without noticing some stupid "white people this, black people that" line. Get over it Kanye.

    November 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    Let me see... if I was a WHITE man, got on stage, took a mic from a BLACK singer and promoted the award to another WHITE singer, what would this dumb a** describe me then? I'm sure he'd be behind ref. Jackson screaming "WHITE RACIST... blah blah blah" Don't anyone see the hypocrisy here? 1 word for this character from Obama and I quote "Jacka**".

    November 13, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Brother Jones

      The same thing would happen. It would show racism to everyone. You make it sound like no one would care. That is the most profoundly ignorant question I have ever heard. You obviously prefer our race above whites. You should look up the wise Morgan Freeman's interview on black history month.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mo

    kanye goes Today show to apologize..but he cant even manup to do that..what a coward.....he serioulsy could not even say the worde"i am sorry"...what a freak of nature...i prefer Eminem over him...

    November 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Beaver

    If you stop printing interviews with Kanye what he say's won't matter!

    September 4, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Woman with an Opinion

    I remember the saying, "I'm not a bigot...some of my best friends are (fill-in-the-blank)." Whether referring to race, culture, disabilities, gender, etc., etc., etc., the comment remains the same. My question then becomes, is this better or worse than Dr. Laura and her recent comments, where she used the N-word to describe what others (like rappers) say? Is it any different?

    August 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      This forum has nothing to do with Dr. Laura, if you want to discuss her maybe you should look for a "Dr. Laura Forum" or something? Doesn't seem to me that there are too many people here interested in the ever so popular (and childish) "blame game".

      August 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Billie

    I don't know who this ugly guy is but I'm going to agree that he's a racist. Really ugly too, man look at the mug on that fool.

    August 13, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. MDot

    First off George Bush wasn't fund of black people, unless they were TOKEN black people, anyway. Kanye is arrogant, and has every right to be, he is everything in the Music game he says he is. But he's not a racist.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Harry

    If he is a racist then he is just a drop in the black bucket....

    August 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alaina

    He needs to shut his mouth! He was fine when he first started out and was fresh out of Chicago. Now he's just a loud mouthed, barking dog and some of his lyrics are filthy!

    August 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. B_Leave

    Kanye is free to express himself how ever he chooses...whether it be through his actions, his words, or his music...it appears that many white americans hate when black people express themselves. It's as if they wanna still have the control they had 50+ years ago...Sorry people, those days are gone....accept it...you cannot stop the world from spinning....what goes around comes around!!!!

    August 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOVE ALL RACES

      I am white and I 100 percent believe what you say. It's amazing how the world still thinks we live in the 50's and it is so sad. We are a melting pot!!! We should love to learn that as a country!

      August 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Any Amercian has freedom of speech. All Americans should be treated equally as well. You must live in a completely different world than I live in. Where I live white people are afraid to express themselves for fear of being "politically incorrect" and suffering a backlash. Schools reject applications of qualifed exemplary students because they are white and we can't have a school with too many white people now can we? When a black person is offended by the comments or actions of a white person the NAACP(etc.) fight for those black peoples' rights. If you know of an organization that fights for the unfair treatment of white people let me know about? haven't heard of one myself. If you know about a cable/satellite channel that is completely dedicated to white people (as black people have BET) let me know about that too please. There is a difference in wanting to be treated as equals (as the Civil Rights activists fought for) then wanting special treatment and allowances. It is extremely disrespectful and incomprehensible to think you would compare what Civil Rights Activists fought against and for to any "struggle" black people are living through today.

      August 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LOVE ALL RACES

    I don't think any of this matters. Everybody that is hating on him just makes him gloat even more. So just leave it be...if he is racist ok if he is not even better. No one really knows but him and God so everyone else should just QUIT JUDGING> I mean seriously who the hell do you think you are?

    I personally am not a fan of Kanye but I do like his music and I'm not going to leave ridiculously rude comments about him because I'm not his biggest fan. I don't know the guy...I know his music. and apparently we have ALL forgotten that we do not know these singers and rappers and that what they do, how they feel and what they believe is NONE OF OUR FREAKING BUSINESS> Thats why we live in the UNITED STATES. that's why we have the Declaration of Independce and our right to FREE SPEECH!!!

    August 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Cardfan

    He is a turd

    August 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  17. sequoia

    Racist? Where does that come from? Right-wing Americans are the dumbest people on Earth, and I'm sure that's a meme from them...they call everybody racist (including President Obama...WHY?) because they are terrified of their racist white supremacy crumbling in America. So anybody who challenges that is suddenly racist to them. God they're dumb.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Alek

    "I'm not racist. I'm a gay fish."

    August 9, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  19. Vickie

    I would not spit on him, if his guts were on fire! All blacks are closet racist! One agenda,take whatever you can from the white man!

    August 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • B_Leave

      Wow Vickie, you've done ur research (sarcasm)...And the white man went to Africa for what again? Oh yeah, the white man is currently in Africa for what again?

      August 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Basenji

    I don't think for one minute that Kanye is a racist...I'm a white 45yo woman. Many of the things that he has done over the past year (VMAs, etc.) have come from a place of pain & hurt so I can feel some compassion for him. He's admitted he's made mistakes and is trying to change – only time will tell. The thing with him is that besides his huge ego (which I think honestly comes from a place of low self-esteem) he has no self editing capabilities – he thinks it, he says it, he can't take it back. He is a bit manic – you can tell when you watch interviews with him that his mind is going in a million directions. Honestly, if you don't like his music or it offends you in some way, turn it off – but he isn't a racist. Unfortunately for all the haters out there, I think his new record is going to be HUGE. – the song POWER & its video are genius.

    August 9, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  21. Mr. X

    Kanye you are a racist. Don't be a liar as well.

    August 9, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  22. Pale Horse

    I am from Tennessee and I don't think Kanye is a racist and I think that Taylor Swift is defiantly overrated. Didn't he date that white girl Amber Rose??? If the definition of white is your skin color then Amber Rose is white and Kanye is not a Rasict. He aren't talking about working with her or anything. He slept with her and kissed her all the time in public and bought her thing. He really cared for Amber Rose.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  23. Stm

    Sorry...I'm lost ,can anyone tell me who this guy is? LMAO

    August 9, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  24. stu

    go visit ur mama Kanye!

    August 9, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  25. kiwistrawberry

    Kanye is a moron, he thinks he is so great, but he is bland like the rest of rap. i dont think he is racist, but im sure he doesnt throw parades for his love of whites.

    August 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. shell517nj

    very immature. he just has alot of growing up to do and learn you don't have to say everything you feel.

    August 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. rael25

    No respect for this guy after his actions. If you want to make his type of bling use social media to do it. A new REAL money 'game' using Facebook, Twitter connections just launched this weekend. People are already making cycle checks!
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    August 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jack

    Why in the world is Kanye in Korea???

    August 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. SAE

    Amber Rose is not white ....she's of Italian and Cape Verdean descent....... look it up. I am sure she's proud of her heritage and wouldn't want to be called "white".
    Kanye is a lot of things but I don't think he's racist.
    Just an FYI all rappers are not thugs and racists.

    August 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      European people are white? Thats where white people come from? Duh! What rock are you living under?

      August 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAE

      Cape Verdean people are African and Portuguese which would not make her "white". What rock do you live under.

      August 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy Bob

      South Africa is full of white people?

      August 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      There are mainly Spanish decendants in Portugal, but there are a great deal of Russian decendants also.

      August 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      You just hate white people. Bey your in the NAACP also.

      August 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Hate white man! Hate white man!

      August 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stetch

      Just for future reference, SAE, just in case you meet an actual Cape Verdian don't call them black. They get very offended. They consider themselves Portugese which technically are considered Caucasian based on it's location. Yes, the are visually not white people but they do not consider themselves people of color. I have two friends that are CV and don't know each other, so it's not just two people of the same family, and they both will vehemently tell you they are not African or black. I'm not saying I care one way or the other I think race is stupid. It's a skin pigmentation for Christ sake but Cape Verdians take it pretty seriously.

      August 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. RAMONA

    KANYE HAS A RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING, LIKE THE REST OF US. IF WE DON'T LIKE WHAT HE SAYS, SO BE IT. THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY. PERSONALLY I WOULD NOT BUY ANY OF HIS CD'S, I LIKE SNOOP DOG BETTER.

    August 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Butch Stewart

    Why care what this idiot rapper has to say? These people are the bottom of the food chain, he would be selling drugs if he could not rap. What grade did he make it too in school? Why doesn't these news outlets keep up with the homeless drunks that live in most large cities? Same class of people in my book...

    August 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. nktrygg

    he wants to recreate the Sistine Chapel and be bigger than Elvis, but he's not an egomaniac?

    August 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Da Man

    Yeah and Mel Gibson worked with Danny Glover in several movies too so that means he isn't racist either, right?

    August 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jerry

    He is still a gay fish.

    August 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Giggidy

    Kanye West invented white people.

    August 8, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Hate white people

      Thats so fly my homeboy. Its all about BLACK, white people have ruled the world since forever but now BLACK rules rap music. Next we will control all the Mcdonalds...

      August 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  36. DGKallday

    Thanks Terrence aka Kanye

    No but for really we have dumb lives and we should feel sorry for ourselves? Take a look in the mirror you're the one ranting like a maniac

    August 8, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  37. Terrence

    YOU ALL HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME RIGHT ? HAVE Y'ALL MET THIS DUDE ? HAVE YOU TALKED TO HIM ? YOU ARE FULL OF S***. WITH DUMB LIVES, AND FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR SELVES THAT Y'ALL PICK ON A DUDE WITH A LOT OF TALENT AND CASH TO MAKE YOUR SELVES FEEL GOOD. YOU THINK KANYE'S GONA CARE WHAT YOU GUYS WRITE ? I DONT THINKS SO. LOL!!!! POWER HAS ALREADY SOLD OVER 200,000 THOUSAND DOWNLOADS ON ITUNES IN JUST A MONTH. AND YOU THINK HE GIVES WHAT YOU SAY ?
    GET A LIVES GUYS. SERIOUSLY. YOU MAY THINK HE'S A RACIST ETC WHATEVER. BUT HE STILL COMES BACK TIGHT, AND SELLS RECORDS, CONCERTS AND SONGS WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.
    YOU GOTTA TO MOVE ON AND GET A HOLD OF YOUR SELVES.
    PEACE

    August 8, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Little B

      Tell em Terrence! He still kickin out all those tight jams with POWER! F*** white people! I gotta have my ghetto, drug dealin, baby makin music. K.West keeps me jammin, I ride around in my 84' 4 door $600 dollar Bonniville with $2500 dollar rims thumpin! People wish they had my class and my babys mama, luv u shorty....

      August 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • old hippy chick

      I never even heard of Kanye until he decided against a "rap concert" at GSU, because it was an open-air venue..... He can't sing that is for sure..... He makes a total fool of himself when he attempts to actually carry a tune.. Think of him more as a bad poet....

      August 9, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • milkandcookies

      And typing in all caps, using incorrect spelling, punctuation and grammar is going to get your point across...looks like ignorance supports ignorance.

      August 10, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. 8andSkate

    Hey! Check it out! Kanye's a racist!

    August 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  39. John

    Yes, kanye, you are a racist and an egomaniac. And, no, you don' think of other rappers' work when you "write", you're too busy think about more mainstream songwriters' works that you can, ahem, "sample."

    August 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Pixiesticks

    @Robby Rutz regarding your comment: "he grabbed the mike form a white singer and stated the other untalented bimbo Beyonce should have won!!!! ughh!!!"

    I think you are mistaking Beyonce for Britney Spears...though I see the resemblance...Beyonce has more talent than 80 percent of the artist out now including Taylor Swift.

    August 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xfactor

      Thats right Pixie...Taylor Swift dont have a big butt and a rich thug boyfriend. The only thing she might have is morals and a great voice?

      August 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jason

    I don't think kanye is a racist. I think he's in idiot.

    August 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Sick of Kayne

    Yeah, you are Blanche! You are also a jerk, arrogant, and a self-serving douchbag!

    August 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Robby Rutz

    There is not a single rapper (they are NOT singers) who is not racist except maybe Eminem who seems to forget he is white...Kanye is the epitome of stupidity and mediocrity..I do blame the white people who just fawn over this egomaniac. He is also rude and a substance abuser: he grabbed the mike form a white singer and stated the other untalented bimbo Beyonce should have won!!!! ughh!!!

    August 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. TI

    who wears sunglasses indoors like that?

    August 7, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Haters are going to hate

      I know huh! I think he's probably the first person ever to wear sun glasses indoors.

      August 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Pale Horse

    If Kanye dated Amber Rose then how is he racist???? (Amber Rose is white)

    August 7, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Amber Rose is everything but the kitchen sink, she is certainly NOT White!

      August 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harriet Tubman

      She's half Cape Verdean and half Italian. She isn't white.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  46. naledi mpeluza

    Kanye is a goodman, he just full of himself

    August 7, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  47. Unknown

    Kanye is a racist, that's why his ex-girlfriend is white and every single artists he mentioned as his inspiration is white.

    August 7, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  48. greenteagod

    Kanye is a Racist, that's all there is to it.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  49. JAZON

    He blew it at the Huricane Katrina fundraiser.
    A blanket statement that showed ignorance on his part. Funny (or not) how things always come back to getcha.

    August 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Bo

    We all know blacks aren't racists...................

    August 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. crapmusic

    What a saint this man is.......he likes and works with white people.........Wow how blessed we all are to walk the same earth as him.

    August 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Tony

    “I actually don’t know a rapper before me that liked white people more than me,” he said. “I don’t know a rapper that collaborated with more white people".

    That's like when some white people say "I'm not a racist, I have plenty of black friends". Lol.

    August 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaaaaaaaa

      He actually says that himself right before he talks about how he works with alot of white people.

      August 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Interesting just how blind he is to himself.

      August 7, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Woman with an Opinion

      I remember the saying, "I'm not a bigot...some of my best friends are (fill-in-the-blank)." Whether referring to race, culture, disabilities, gender, etc., etc., etc., the comment remains the same. My question then becomes, is this better or worse than Dr. Laura and her recent comments, where she used the N-word to describe what others (like rappers) say? Is it any different?

      August 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  53. gay fish

    Being an arrogant self serving D bag does not make you a racist. It makes you an arrogant self serving D bag.

    August 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Stephen

    Kanye is great. It is just he is not great in the real world. It only takes one thing to set him off. I still love his music but not comment on how he does things in life. Sense it alot of the times turns out bad. So I will believe him until the next thing.

    August 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. joe

    Who is this ugly hump?

    August 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbeck

      yeah right, he said" george bush hates black people" he may not be a racist but he sure is a bigot!

      August 9, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Stetch

      Kbeck – Just because he said that George Bush doesn't care about black people doesn't make him a racist or a bigot. Look up the definition of both words and that comment is neither. It was just a comment based on what he felt at the time. Wolf Blitzer called the people "so poor and so black" that is more of a bigoted/racist comment that the president at the time doesn't care about black people. He just doesn't know when to sensor his stupid comments. The best was Mike Myers face when Kanye West said that though...he didn't know what to do. He was looking around like did he just say what I thought he just said. I thought it was pretty hilarious...but not racist.

      August 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      you can't spell C R A P without R A P. Lets face it, if it was not for rap, Mr. West would be just another janitor.

      September 4, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |

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