When one of our famous young Black American celebrities messes up big time, I know I show my age when I react because my first thought is (and usually my first words are), “what would his mother think of that?” We Black mothers tend to take on the responsibility of our entire race of children when we see them act up publicly. I thought about Serena William’s mother when I saw Serena lose it at the US Open. And I thought about Kanye’s mother when I witnessed Kanye’s most embarrassing and disgraceful behavior to date, at the VMA awards. I was so very upset with him!!
All I can say is—we cannot take on all of the children of color. We can only be responsible for our own. All we can do is teach and nag and model the right way to conduct ourselves. All we can do is try with our every action and word to talk about respect and compassion and self-restraint. The video of Kanye’s interview with Jay Leno (below) touches me because it illustrates what we old parents already know. Which is, you can put the right things into your child. You cannot guarantee that they will always uphold a high standard of behavior. But it’s in there. And even when you are gone, at the end of the day, they will come back to it.
In this interview, Kanye’s silence speaks volumes!