Kim Kardashian Admits She Is Only Now Aware That Racism Exists

Kanye West (R) and Kim Kardashian (L) arrive at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

But the birth of North West cant be the first time discussion of race and racism have been broached in Kardashians life. As writer Latoya Peterson noted four years ago at the race and culture blog, Racialicious , in a piece about discriminatory push-back against Kardashians relationship with black NFL star Reggie Bush: Our current limitations on the entire concept of race make it hard to come up with a term that would accurately describe the Kardashian sisters, but the Kardashians relationship to race [may be] a little more complicated than people assume. Im inclined to believe thats true and Kim Kardashians blog post seems to confirm it. The real find in her writing isnt that racism is still alive and thats just becoming aware of it. Its her (probably unwitting) admission that marginalized communities can be as susceptible to empathy gaps as anyone else. Kardashian also intimates that her privilege had thus far allowed her the luxury of distance from racisms impact. This Sunday will be Kim Kardashians first Mothers Day. She deserves some credit for taking a public, protective stance on behalf of her daughter. Its good that shes willing to acknowledge that Norths life wont be as insulated from racism as she claims hers has been.
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