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Kelis Rants On Racism In The UK & US

It seems like Kelis landed in the UK today and had a memorable, and quite racist immigration experience with her son with rapper Nas, Knight. Of course she took it to Twitter. We all know that Kelis is never one to hold her tongue but just, wow. Read her whole rant below (taken from her feed):

“We just landed and I had the midget with me. We get in the passport control line and apparently pissed this one man off cause he thought I cut the line. Which wouldn’t be far fetched of me but this time I actually didn’t (not entirely anyway) well the point is from 0 to 60 this fat red faced sweaty “man” (I use the word man loosely here) started calling me a slave and told me to call him sir and how I was probably a disgusting nigerian. He called me kunta kinte and ranted and raved some more. The man behind the passport desk laughed, shook his head in agreement I guess, and said “kunta kinte”. All the while the entire line full of people I just sat on a plane with for almost 3hours, over 50 people said nothing. I mean literally nothing. Didn’t flinch. We all no I’m no saint, so I retaliated. Not the way I wanted to or how that pig deserved. But #1 my gorgeous baby boy was literally sitting on my hip and #2 I’m a believer. And we are better. Sposed to be anyway, it made me think. This person was aprox a 50 year old english man. I didn’t say anything at the time of the riots in London for a lot of reasons. But I am in london all the time and today I’m gonna say that the racial issues in the uk are disgusting. Its racially decades behind progression because everything is swept under the rug. People don’t talk about it. People don’t fight about it. Not mentioning a problem doesn’t make it go away. I bring it up now because as an american it is abundantly clear that my country has a smorgas board (spelling?) Of disgusting racial problems. We are the poster child for racial inequality even still with a black president. But its NO SECRET! And that I can fight against. I can try to prepare and teach my son. Because its out there. But you can’t fight for or against something no one is willing to talk about or even admit exist. Everyone wants to be politically correct. But who really cares? And what does that help. I could go on and on. I won’t. But maybe someone will start to talk about it from here.”

Thoughts ladies?

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  • Bonghi

    I find the fact that you describe kelis’ words as a “rant” quit offensive. In my opinion she speaks the truth and to describe a black woman that has just been publicly humilated and wanting to let others to know of the injustice, as a rant is just wrong.

  • Soul14pages

    I’m a little disturbed that this disgusting incident which Kelis no doubt was so hurt had to vent, has been dismissed in your article as being a ‘rant’ kind of implying that Kelis was blowing this little spat of name calling out of proportion! As a black woman living in Britain I agree. We pretend in this country. And anyone who dares to speak up about the levels of racism here is dismissed!  Unless you’ve experienced it how can you dismiss a persons experience with racism? Honest open debate rarely happens in this country because the Multi-cultural Britain plaster is stuck over a deep wound.
    The fact that Kelis, was carrying her child and was subjected to such nastiness and no one stepped in is disgusting. She deserves to ‘rant’ all she likes.


  • @71a5db906873f057d25f19169c3d04e4:disqus & @5e20d9acb01cb849231fadd185ce55f2:disqus hello! By definition, the term ‘rant’ means to ‘to talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner’So my use of the term “rant” is actually quite correct, especially with the medium (Twitter) that she used to vent her frustration, as opposed to other means like a blog post, written statement, etc. There is nothing dismissive about the tone of the post and as a woman of color who has experienced similar racism, I am definitely not trivializing or dimissing her experience. By posting the story, we are in support of Kelis…and if you read our site, we ‘rant’ all the time 🙂 Thanks! Shann

  • Mark

    This is bad chi for our nation , what he give’s out will without doubt come back and bite his hairy arse, i deplore this sort of behaviour its not good and its not clever….Kelis im surprised u didnt lamp him cos i would of ..peace lil sista ..:)