Duke professor calls for a boycott of Kanye's tour merchandise which features a flag of the Confederacy.
The stars and bars is the iconic symbol of the Confederacy, which was formed to conduct a traitorous secession and to preserve slavery in America. Southern blacks, in particular, see this flag as a sign of both danger and degradation and have fought for many years to have it removed from public places. In "appropriating" this symbol, Kanye West is either naive, ignorant, or engaged in a cynical ploy to expand the market for his products. A boycott should be conducted against the Yeezus brand.
Kanye recently called himself a creative genius. A racial and reconciling genius, though, he is not.