Kim Kardashian pens thoughtful essay on racism
Kim Kardashian wrote an informal essay about her views on racism and discrimination, and it's… um, well, it's really something else.
In the essay, which she posted http://kimkardashian.celebuzz.com/2014/05/07/on-my-mind/ on her website, she muses about how being a mom to a biracial baby has changed her worldview. “To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought,” quoth Kim. “It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else's battle.” Uhhhhhh. Ok.
She goes on:
But recently, I've read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been.
I feel a responsibility as a mother, a public figure, a human being, to do what I can to make sure that not only my child, but all children, don't have to grow up in a world where they are judged by the color of their skin, or their gender, or their sexual orientation. I want my daughter growing up in a world where love for one another is the most important thing.
So the first step I'm taking is to stop pretending like this isn't my issue or my problem, because it is, it's everyone's… because the California teenager who was harassed and killed by his classmates for being gay, the teenage blogger in Pakistan who was shot on her school bus for speaking out in favor of women's rights, the boy in Florida who was wrongly accused of committing a crime and ultimately killed because of the color of his skin, they are all someone's son and someone's daughter and it is our responsibility to give them a voice and speak out for those who can't and hopefully in the process, ensure that hate is something our children never have to see.
Despite the well-intended post, Kardashian came under fire http://radaronline.com/photos/celebs-who-have-slammed-the-kardashians/photo/349657/ from some readers.
In the comments section of her blog, one person wrote, “I can't believe all the praise you are getting over this empty and meaningless statement. You don't even outline a game plan on how you're going to help. You just acknowledge that it's a problem. Um, yeah, you're in your mid thirties, way to figure it out.”
Another posted: “She is concerned NOW about racism and never thought about it?”
Indeed, Kardashian previously dated several African-Americans, including her ex-husbands Damon Thomas and Kris Humphries http://radaronline.com/category/tags/kris-humphries as well as Reggie Bush http://radaronline.com/category/tags/damon-thomas . http://radaronline.com/category/tags/reggie-bush
Other fans even questioned her intentions about the essay, with one tweeting:“Lovely letter & agree. But your mind is more on your money and material http://radaronline.com/photos/the-kardashians-empire-falling-apart-popularity-at-an-all-time-low-tv-ratings-nosedive-lawsuits-scandals/photo/584011/ things Kim.