Is this foreshadowing a political move?
Ye uploaded the photo of himself donning the same type of attire as his character did in Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” music video. The Instagram post came with a caption that makes socio-political promises.
“this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”
The 13th Amendment ensured the “freedom” of the Black Americans that were held under the bondage of slavery for hundreds of years in the United States, while also allowing legal authorities to throw them in prison.
His desire to have this amendment removed could be interpreted in many disturbing ways. However, considering Kanye’s being a proponent of freedom and his wife’s efforts towards prison reform, one could say that he is aiming for the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Still, the lack of nuance and clarity in his remarks are somewhat alarming because of the gravity of the issue.