Famous Civil Rights activist, Reverend Al Sharpton, is leading a boycott against Kanye West for his use of the confederate flag on tour gear.
WENN reports that West stated that he had reclaimed the flag from racists, and decided to put them on “Yeezus” tour merchandise, despite the negative response.
“I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag,” West said. “It’s my flag now.”
Sharpton, head of the National Action Network (NAN), criticized West during a pres conference on Monday.
“The Confederate flag symbolizes dehumanization, injustice and pain. It is a stark reminder of an era in our history that was defined by the abhorrent practice of slavery,” Sharpton said. “And it is representative of a mentality that looked upon blacks as inferiors who needed to remain in the shackles of subservience.”
Sharpton has also recently criticized former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, for her remarks on the federal debt.
“This isn’t racist, but it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due, right?” Palin said.
Politico reports that Sharpton is angry with Palin’s comparison of the US federal debt to slavery. He took to his MSNBC show Politics Nation on Monday night to express his anger towards her comment.
“Our federal debt is like slavery? Slavery was horrific, vile, a vile practice that was explicitly based on race,” Sharpton said. “So it’s hard to avoid sounding racist when you make comparisons like that.”
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton airs weekdays at 6 p.m. on MSNBC.