Kanye West Says Classism Has Replaced Racism

Kanye West questions whether or not he's put in scrutinizing situations when he attends various functions.

A newly-engaged Kanye West recently offered his thoughts on religion and the Illuminati, among other topics, during an interview with Wild 94.9′s The JV Show. In addition to the topics mentioned, West also shared his thoughts on classism, a subject he’s touched on before.

While appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” earlier this month, the G.O.O.D. Music emcee declared that classism has now replaced racism, as he referenced former Food Network television host Paula Deen.

And during this week’s interview, the rapper further addressed classism as he commented on being put in Dinner For Schmucks-like situations while in various social settings. In the 2010 film, a group of higher-ups hold dinner parties where those invited are scrutinized and also ridiculed.

“But really what I didn’t know and I didn’t really understand this term until a couple of years ago, is it wasn’t about race, ,” West said. "It’s about class. And it was a classist move that even when you get invited to certain dinner parties, or even when you’re in certain magazines, it’s still like a Dinner With Schmucks situation. Are they inviting you to be a part of what you’re doing or are they inviting you to laugh at your teeth? And ask you a million questions like, ‘Oh, those are cool teeth. What’s that?’ And then also—and then we have our thing that every time we do it. We give ‘em the 'White Voice.' So, it goes both ways.”

While breaking down his thoughts on classism, West referred to the self-made billionaires of San Francisco’s Silicon Valley and warned of a shift in classism, a shift he says he’s at the forefront of.

“We’re right now in a crash of the classists,” the Chicago rapper said. “Because America being the newest country and especially out here in San Francisco where people can ‘bam,’ just become a billionaire off an idea…The shift is gonna change and I think I’m one of the people at the forefront because I had to fight to get into fashion shows eight years ago.”

During his past interview with Kimmel, which stemmed from the late night talk show host’s spoof of West’s interview with BBC Radio 1 and the rapper’s resulting Twitter tirade, West referred to those with “old money” as being unaccepting of a rap star regardless of their income.

“It’s not about racism anymore," he said. "It’s classism. Like Paula Deen, she was old school with it. They like, 'We don’t do it like that anymore, that’s racist. We classist now.' Classism is when they try to say, ‘You’re a rapper…your girl is on a reality show so you’re not up here with us. We’re old money.’”

Kanye West’s interview with Wild 94.9′s The JV Show can be found below (via 2DopeBoyz).

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  • Lucy Howard

    up to I looked at the paycheck that said $7674, I didnt believe that...my... best friend woz like they say actualie taking home money part time from their laptop.. there moms best frend had bean doing this for less than a year and as of now cleard the loans on their home and bought a great Mazda. official statement http://x.co/2duUq

  • sososo

    I been said Classism is the new Racism around 2002. For example if you are black and are around some borderline racist white people, as long as you can afford to live in the same neighborhoods, dress like them, afford to send your kids to the same private school, talk and vote like them (Michael Steele), they are now very comfortable with that black person. More and more people are like this. They only hang around their perceived "class" and above.

  • Violator

    Kanye's half right. Racism is still alive and well though. But the only reason racism has been institutional for so long, is to maintain the upper classes. Religion, war, colonialism, slavery - these have all been pervasive so that someone can get rich. And if your a poor racist redneck, you're mostly racist because you ain't rich. If I was a rich black man, and wanted to marry your redneck white sister in exchange for a comfortably life for your whole family - most racist people would agree to this deal.

  • Anonymous

    Racism has not gone anywhere. Classism came about from white people that fell thru the cracks and now themselves are caught up in laws that were actually designed to hinder black economic growth and family unity. Of course I'm talking systematic racism/classism, because rich people been clowning and bullying poor people.

  • nuc

    so what's kanye doing about it? musics still appealing enough, but dude is a total lame at this point.

  • OYA

    "But really what I didnt know and I didnt really understand this term until a couple of years ago, is it wasnt about race, , West said. "Its about class. And it was a classist move that even when you get invited to certain dinner parties, or even when youre in certain magazines, its still like a Dinner With Schmucks situation. Are they inviting you to be a part of what youre doing or are they inviting you to laugh at your teeth? And ask you a million questions like, Oh, those are cool teeth. Whats that? And then alsoand then we have our thing that every time we do it. We give em the 'White Voice.' So, it goes both ways.- I figured there was a method to this nigga's madness.

  • Anonymous

    this nigga thinks hes smart, but actually comes off ass D.U.N. dumb ass negro

  • angle

    I am sure Ye knows that racism is still alive. white supremacy is not dead. Classicism is all around in society as well and in the hood too. All while poverty is all in the hood coast to coast. We look down on the poor or them "broke niggas" in many ways, all of the time. Kanye gives back to the southside of Chicago in many ways. DondasHouse is one........ The 5 percenters, Ghostface, Raekwon and a whole cast of black folks have been saying "I am God" for decades.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye is wrong, racism is alive and well, word to the racist rhetoric and pictures they displayed at that veteran rally a week ago. Even Oprah said she's still subject to racism & she's 1%.

  • Word!!!

    Coming for the guy who's the epitome of materialism, and who's persona SCREAMS, "You ain't on my level". Or better yet, "I am a GOD". The proverbial pot calling the kettle black.

  • samanda johnson

    Paula Deen is so over. Buy her a ticket to see 12 Years a slave and then explain it to her after.

  • Anonymous

    stop posting everyone of this diva's thoughts hhdx that's what twitters for

  • Anonymous

    no shit and you are a large part of the problem you fucking faggot


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  • Anonymous

    Classism is terrible and is the new racism. Wanna see me in concert? Ok, that'll be $200 for 1 ticket please.

  • 80s baby

    Some niggas on this site really love to gossip and shit on artists smh. But anyways, Kanye is right.. but it's been like this for a while now, this isn't something new I know black people who are classist and I know white people who are hood. I'm just glad we're moving past racism and just shitting on ignant-uneducated fools.

    • Anonymous

      Did you just say we are moving past racism? How? It would be nice, but I don't think that's happening at all. Please give some examples on how we are moving past racism

  • imho

    lol kanye finding any reason to find any excuse in the world why ppl dont like his racist, ranting about bullshit ass and his whore girlfriend who came up in the world literally sucking dick.

  • Anonymous

    What the fuck does he think bragging about wearing designer clothes is?

  • Fish

    It's not racism or classism, people just don't like YOU because you're a bell end. Simple.

  • Anonymous

    this nigga rents a baseball stadium to propose to some yak and acts like he aint part of the establishment

  • drizzy!

    America is not even close to being the "newest" country. This dude says some idiotic shit some times.

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  • Benicio Del Thoro

    Kanye is dead right. Living Legend.

  • Anonymous

    Dude talking about this while he's selling white tees for $80.

  • RC

    Immortal Technique was saying this like 12 years ago and alot more eloquntly as well.

  • Anonymous

    That statement is classist!

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