Kanye is what’s wrong with America

Did you watch the Grammys last night? Did you need an anti-depressant afterwards? It seems like most of the performances were all slow and boring. There were a few good ones, but nothing like years past.

There was one moment that did in fact have everyone talking again this year. It was the moment Beck won “Album of the Year” and Kanye West came running up on stage (like he did when he made a fool of himself) only to turn around and walk off. I actually thought it was a joke. I laughed. Until I woke up this morning and every news cast was talking about his comments.

Kanye was reported as saying “Beck should not have won the award. He should have given it to BeyoncĂ©. And Beck should respect artistry!”

What?!?!?! Respect Artistry?!?!?!

That may be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

The fact: Kanye has no respect for anyone who doesn’t do what he does or sound the way he thinks you should sound.

It’s intolerance at its finest. And this… Is what’s killing America.

Whether it’s race, economic status, religious preference, sexual preference, and yes now even music preference… If you don’t think like I think, or do like exactly what I think you should do… Then you are wrong.

And it’s you that’s the one with the problem. Because there is no way I could be wrong.

So you must change!

Or in Kanye’s words… You must give the award away because obviously you are not an artist like the rest of us.

Kanye is intolerant. But so am I. And so are you.

That’s the problem here.

But what if….

What if we seek to understand instead of being understood.

What if we stopped and listened instead of always talking.

What if I put your needs ahead of my own.

What if we all just agreed to disagree on certain issues but respect each other as people.

What would that world look like?

That’s a world I want to live in. And also a world I must work hard to create.

What about you?

Brandon Hester