Kim Kardashian Discovers, Thinks About Racism

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - ArrivalsYesterday, Kim Kardashian, co-owner of the longest hashtag in Vogue’s history, wrote an essay about racism, which she had never given a lot of thought about before the birth of her biracial baby.

No, I’m not being flip, this is literally what she said: “To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. 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.”

Coming from the future wife of this guy, that is so hard for me to believe. But okay, let’s continue:

I never knew how much being a mom would change me. It’s amazing how one little person and the love I have for her has brought new meaning to every moment. What once seemed so important, now feels insignificant. It’s like I get to see the world for the first time again, but through someone else’s eyes. It’s a beautiful thing to feel and experience so much more, but with that beauty comes a flip side – seeing through my daughter’s eyes the side of life that isn’t always so pretty.

To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. 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. 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.

Sometimes you wonder what Kim and Kanye actually talk about with each other. There’s always that part of the relationship where you’re like “I don’t know if this person agrees with my values,” and then, Nathaniel P.-style, you find out that 99 percent of the time attraction will render this issue moot. But still! If you’re Kanye West, who thinks about racism all the time, how do you marry someone who has never given the issue any real thought? This goes beyond personal beliefs. I’m actually curious what they spend their time talking about and how this issue has really never come up in a significant way. Or even in an insignificant way.

But really, it’s great that Kim is finally thinking about these issues. Even if it took someone screaming a racial epithet at her husband and infant child to do so (and then another five months to put this piece together).