Kanye West Addresses Racism, Talks Kim Kardashian in Lengthy BET Honors Speech (Video)
Kanye West received the Visionary Award at this year’s BET Honors, which aired on Monday (February 23) and taped back in January.
The 37-year-old entertainer gave an impressive nine-minute speech on stage as he accepted the award and addressed racism and talked about his wife Kim Kardashian.
“Maybe for one of the first times in my life, I understand how it is to feel humbled,” Kanye opened his speech.
“At the barbershop and everything, I used to hear people always talking about, ‘Man you know when an entertainer get on, of course you know he gon’ go and get a white girl and all this… and the white girl gon’ go get a rich black dude,’ you know?” Kanye said. “But I wanna say that my wife has dated broke black dudes. So it ain’t got nothing to do with the money.”
“It takes me back to a story. She told me her father, Robert Kardashian, walked out and on the side of his Bentley, they wrote ‘N—- lover.’ Because Robert Kardashian was the genius that put together the defense team that got O.J. [Simpson] off,” Kanye said. “She had never seen her father curse, get mad. He was the most laid-back human being. And he went so crazy and tried to chase the people down. She’s sitting there crying and said, ‘Dad, why you going so crazy?’ He said to her, ‘One day, you may have a black child… a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful black child… and it’s gonna be hard. You’re gonna see how hard it is.’”
Kanye West BET Speech