Talib Kweli, the popular artist best known for being the other half of the hip-hop group Black Star, dedicated countless hours over the weekend fighting against perceived “racism” by calling other black men “coons.” He directed much of his ire toward respected African-American economist Thomas Sowell, against whom he has a long-held grudge.
Kweli once claimed that Sowell’s contributions to the conservative publication National Review made him a “white supremacist.”
According to SocialBlade, a website that analyzes social media profiles, Talib Kweli has written 2,000 tweets over the weekend—many of which were dedicated to the topic. He argued with anyone who disagreed with him.
Popular YouTuber Bunty King, whose real name is Annand Virk, advised Kweli to stop using racist terms like “coon” to attack his opponents.
Much like Tariq Nasheed, the race baiter who made a name for himself on social media by accusing others of “white supremacy,” the hip-hop artist attacked anyone who questioned his views, and accused them in turn of being white supremacists or enabling white supremacy.
Kweli responded to Virk’s remark by sending him dozens upon dozens of replies with remarks like “Coon coon coon coon coon.”
He then accused him of supporting white supremacy and stated that every one of Virk’s followers “are all white supremacists.” After several days of tweeting about “coons,” Kweli has yet to let up on his attacks against Thomas Sowell and other people of color who don’t see the world the same way he does.
Daily Caller asked Virk for what he thought of Talib’s anger and where it was coming from.
“I think that he’s angry,” said the YouTuber. “I think that he’s angry at the state of race relations in America. His anger isn’t wrong, but the way in which he is putting it out there is very divisive.”
“I think that he needs to stop painting in broad strokes and focus on individual issues,” added Virk. “Every issue is unique. While there are racialized issues that may appear similar, they’re still unique.”
“I do believe to some degree in systemic oppression, but not to a degree where I feel like you’re completely powerless,” says Virk on the topic of racism in America.
“People of color have a lot of power, and what Talib needs to be doing is to show that we have power, and be representative of that power, to show that we can ascend beyond victimhood. He has a large following [of 1.1 million on Twitter] and it’s important to project that to his audience.”
In 2016, Kweli spent an entire weekend arguing that Japanese cartoon characters are actually white.
Follow Ian Miles Cheong on Twitter @stillgray.