Of all things Kanye could be used for! Dr. Jeffrey McCune who teaches at Washington University in St. Louis wants to address how society views artists, specifically West, as both a “genius” and as “crazy” simultaneously.
The title of the lecture, “Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis,” will be detailing exactly how the “crazy” label is one that society determines, as well as touches on how race places a factor in that as well.
When asked about what he hoped to get out of this lecture he explained, “Ultimately what I’m getting at in this lecture is not just about Kanye, it’s also about the larger notion of crazy and how we utilize it. I want to give people permission to be enraged,” McCune said. “Give people permission to be upset, to be angry, to be frustrated. Give people permission to have moments where they break. Give people permission to have moments where they experience depression. I want to give them permission to have those moments without being characterized as being some type of deviant figure in the community. I don’t want to take away that experience and call it crazy. It’s reasonable, and it must be addressed with love, compassion, care, generosity.”
A course called “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics” is now being offered at Washington University in St. Louis. pic.twitter.com/XHqb529mO6
— Only Hip Hop Facts (@OnlyHipHopFacts) March 20, 2017
I wonder if Kanye approves.