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Kanye West Addresses Racism, Talks Kim Kardashian in Lengthy BET Honors Speech (Video)

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.’”

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  • Lee

    What a sicko

  • onehunnit

    Does everything always have to be a racial issue? lol he’s trying to paint a good picture of Kim K to the public. Sorry won’t happen.

  • sydney jane

    ‘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.’

    What the heck does this mean?! I’m black. I have a black child. I’ve had a good life and so has my son. Have we experienced racism? Yes, of course. But, you get over it and move on. I taught my son when he was younger that the N word is just a word. I doesn’t have any power over you unless you let it. If you grow up thinking everything is about race, then, yeah, you’re going to have a hard, disappointing life. And, by the way, Kim Kardashian ain’t no white girl.

  • onehunnit

    Armenians are Central Eurasian, which technically makes them White. However, since Armenian is so close to the Middle East, many of them
    mixed with Middle Eastern people over the years, which is where the
    exotic physical apprearance of Armenians come from.

  • Mental Floss

    Who was the broke black dude that Kim dated?

  • The Batman

    White people just don’t get do ya.

  • The Batman

    You’re not black shut up.

  • princefan4life

    Poor Kanye. He tries so hard to be deep, and he’s got to be the shallowest human being on the planet. He obviously loves the sound of his own voice, giving long winded speeches at award shows, wedding ceremonies, wedding rehearsal ceremonies and probably at home to Kim, who listens while she’s got his d1ck in her mouth. I wish Kanye would just accept the fact that his wife Kim is rich and famouse because, as Amber Rose so eloquently put it, “Ray J nutted on Kim’s face”, and millions of people bought the sex tape that documented that event. And Kanye is becoming more famous for being a long winded tool than a talented rapper.

  • The Batman

    White people always try to act like racism isn’t an issue.

  • Mierzwiak


  • plez

    I frankly don’t care who Kanye dates. But as usual he missed the point. It’s not about Kim’s action. It’s about his action in that once he got rich he married a white woman. The richer and more famous he became; the lighter the woman he dated.

  • VanityInsecurity

    why oh why can’t any black person accept a speech nowadays without bringing this crap up? You can talk about it until you are blue in the face & some people will still be racist.. why? mostly cause they were raised that way.. once we stop looking at one another & labeling them as “white” or “black” or “asian” etc.. maybe then we can see one another as just 1 race ..the human one. If we keep separating ourselves ..nothing will ever change.

  • Maria E. Segura

    Why people pay so much importance and relevance to this turd?? I mean Visionary Award, shoe Designer, Grammy nominee, etc now he is everywhere. Before Kim he was not that important now after kIm he is this ultimace famous celeb who receives honors and distinctions. Why????

  • Maria E. Segura

    I agree that what everything always have to be a racial issue for the black people themselves? Why cant they accept any speech humble without bring the issue up? Also I believe black people are more racists to their own race than white people racist to the white people. I mean the BET Awards and the Soul Train Awards are just a few example of that. I mean why there has to be awards aim to black people only? Because maybe some black people (not all) do not want to get mixed with white people so they have to have their own awards show. This is an example of how some black people are racist to their own race.

  • b324

    Wait, I thought Kim said that she never gave racism or discrimination a single thought until she had North and that her baby finally taught her the meaning of those things. Now she helped school Kanye on racism? Alrighty then.

  • b324

    Or they were sick and tired of being excluded from the mix and said screw it, we’ll have our own awards shows.

    This comment is like asking why we don’t have a white history month. Probably because every single day in the history of the world is white history month.

  • Penny Dreadful

    OMG, the stories this fool will spin.

  • smmy33

    all white people have to do is go to black blogs , they’ll see a the rascim they can handle… Media take out perfect example .

    Black people most rascit f–is in the planet after Chinesse and Indian.. Ah whites know that if it was the other way around all these races wouldn’t let them immrgrant to their countries to live off the societies

    Why is it in the 150 years blacks never went back to Africa instead living under whites. hundreds of million of people migrated and immigrated thought the world last century , not only haven’t, millions more black Africans risked life and limb to get into Europe and America .

  • Christopher I. Gomes

    I get what Kanye say’s and I think when he gets into his forties, maybe he will be a reflection of what he say’s. But as of right now, what him and his wife represent, is a complete contradiction to that speech. I think that is why #idfwu, Kanye. He will look back and realize how obtuse his comments are. That speech was so not what I was expecting but a lot of what I was expecting. He is a narcissist to the tenth power.

  • plez

    Stop generalizing. There were s lot of awards given out last night and most were not about race.

  • sharkguitar

    Ray J?….He wasn’t broke after he stated selling his sex tape of Kim. I’m sorry Kanye…I can’t take you seriously when you married a phony like Kim.

  • Spencer Jacobson

    Neither are you.

  • Spencer Jacobson

    White people that pretend to be Black on the internet try to make everything a racial issue.

  • louflo

    Poor kanye , once again he attempts to speak on an intellectual level. But, lets be honest, the guy is not very articulate and he may be illiterate. This sad excuse for a man needs to step away from all press for about 1 year and get intense emotional therapy . While away he should also consider hiring someone to teach him the english language. Then he can continue to enlighten us with his genius and maybe we can actually understand him. His poor daughter has a mother that is dumb as dirt and a father that speaks as if he is mentally challenged ( my apologies to the mentally challenged if I have offended).

  • mandyz

    her nose looks as bad as her mother’s nose. same plastic surgeon much?

  • OutstandingWorldCitizen

    Clearly white privilege makes you very color blind. LOL

  • suzybel

    Did anyone jump up on the stage and let loose about Kanye West not deserving the award? If not, why not??

  • onehunnit

    i’m not white though

  • Conscious

    We haven’t returned to Africa because the white man has STOLEN South Africa and is trying to take over the rest of Africa! #Thieves #Devils #AntiNature #Cancer #Disagreeables