KANYE WEST: You know, I like Shame  as much as 12 Years a Slave, but Hollywood likes the idea of a black director directing 12 Years a Slave more than it likes the idea of a black director directing Shame.
STEVE MCQUEEN: I actually remember when I first came to have meetings in L.A. after I did Hunger  and people thought I was white. I think often people try to ghettoize others because they have an idea about who they think you are rather than who you are.
WEST: Which I can't stand. But the thing is that people know not what they do. There are certain people where you just have to call them on the fact that they're behaving in a racist manner for them to understand it. Of course, they do this to me, too: "The best rap tour ..." Again, it's marginalizing.
MCQUEEN: It's interesting that we're speaking about this on the day of Nelson Mandela's memorial service, since he is such an icon of the best that we can be as human beings—not black people or white people or Asian or Indian or Spanish or whatever race or background you are, but human beings.
WEST: Yeah. I mean, there have definitely been moments where I've forgotten that I was black—and I don't want people to take that as, "Oh, he sold out." I mean, like, when I decided to wear tight jeans. At that moment, I forgot that I was supposed to wear baggy jeans because I'm black. Or when I've said certain things on TV and I've forgotten that I wasn't supposed to say them because I'm black—that I was supposed to stay in line and be neutral.
MCQUEEN: I would say that most black people don't walk around thinking about being black. People tend to think of themselves as individuals, and it's only when they're confronted in certain situations that they become "black."
WEST: And that's not just a black thing—it's a world thing where the biggest slavery that we have is our opinion of ourselves. That's why my attitude is so shunned. It's not a matter of me believing in myself that's so scary to everyone, it's the idea of everyone else starting to believe in themselves just as much as I do that's scary.
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