At his Paris fashion show on Monday, Kanye “Ye” West wore a shirt with the phrase “White Lives Matter” on the back. He was accompanied by conservative commentator Candace Owens, who wore the same white shirt.
The rapper, who officially changed his name to Yeh earlier this year, wore the shirt to a fashion show for his YZY brand. According to Complex, the model also wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt during the show.
The phrase “White Lives Matter” emerged as “a racist”. response to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2015″, and has been adopted and promoted by white supremacist groups and sympathizers, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
West and Owens not only showed support for White Lives Matter, but were also critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. After Monday’s fashion show, Owens posted pictures of her outfit to her Instagram Story. One post seemed to be a screenshot of a story from West’s account, which read: “Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam Now it’s over, you’re welcome.” The story is no longer in the West’s account.
Black Lives Matter gained national attention in 2014 after the death of Michael Brown, a black teen killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It has developed on a global scale andFollowing the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in 2020.
The Black Lives Matter movement is “to destroy a system that was designed to criminalize black people, to criminalize poor people and people of color and other oppressed people,” its One of the founders, Alicia Garza,
Several activists condemned West’s shirt and comments. Mark Lamont Hill, an activist, author and professor, tweeted That West’s decision to wear a “White Lives Matter” shirt is disgusting, dangerous and irresponsible.
Professor and political commentator Wendy Osefo said What the West is doing is “not only intellectually dishonest, it is irresponsible and borderline dangerous.”
Journalist Jemele Hill Told While the shirt may be “a troll trick or marketing,” it’s “a dangerously dumb message to send to someone with its massive platform.”
Hannah Gees, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said in a statement to CBS News that both West and Owens “have a reputation for high-profile stunts designed to troll liberals.” inclined.” and that “the use of rhetoric popular among some on the racist border indicates that these slogans may be generalized and through repetition become part of a broader right-wing vernacular.”
Although some of West’s older songs shed light on racism and the mistreatment of black people, he has come under criticism for some of his statements in recent years. duringWith TMZ, West said slavery was not real. He too For meeting then-President Donald Trump several times and wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.