In this white man world, we the ones chosen
In black culture, light skin has traditionally been favored (in his Autobiography, Malcolm X says that he was put on a pedestal growing up in the black community because he had lighter skin than most other black children)
Kanye wants to raise the respect-level of dark-skinned black people, like himself and Kelly Rowland (mentioned in the line above); after all, what’s so special about being light-skinned in a world run by white people?
It is also interesting to note that Kanye is including others in his messiah complex here, referring to a chosen “we” rather than just a chosen “one.”
Then again, Kanye may not be singling out light or dark skin black people here. “We” is referring to any person of color specifically african Americans who are called to carry the torch of success and get black people the love,respect,and POWER that is deserved. We are the ones chosen to bring this and following generations to the heights of power that our culture originally comes from.
But also “In this white man world, we the ones chosen” could mean that because whites are the ones in power, they reserve the right to “choose” which privileged few blacks get to rise up to the highest levels of society (eg. musicians like Kanye and Kelly Rowland). To be “chosen” is a sort of tokenism, like the “token black” trope. Whites feel a need to allow some, but not all, blacks achieve wealth and status.
Tyler the Creator had a similar line in “Domo 23.”
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