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Mr. West is in the building!
Well not really, but a professor at Washington University in Saint Louis is basing the final part of his lecture on mental illness around Kanye West’s recent breakdown.
Reported on The Root, Professor Jeffrey McCune’s lecture is called, “Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis.” The course focused on how someone like Yeezy can be considered a “genius” and “deranged” at the same time.
“Ultimately, what I’m getting at in this lecture is not just about Kanye; it’s also about the larger notion of crazy and how we utilize it,” McCune said, according to the article.
“I want to give people permission to be enraged,” McCune said. “Give people permission to be upset, to be angry, to be frustrated. Give people permission to have moments where they break. Give people permission to have moments where they experience depression. I want to give them permission to have those moments without being characterized as being some type of deviant figure in the community. I don’t want to take away that experience and call it crazy. It’s reasonable, and it must be addressed with love, compassion, care, generosity.”
The class took place today and was open to the public.