Kanye West took his “Sunday Service” to Howard University Saturday in Washington, D.C., for the school’s annual homecoming celebration.
While the university and many students praised the rapper on social media — saying the pop-up performance at the historically black college was “amazing” — others weren’t as impressed.
Greg Carr, an associate professor at Howard’s Department of Afro-American Studies, suggested students send West to the school’s library for a bit of education.
“Send him to the third floor of Founder’s Library after he’s done. I have some books for him,” Carr wrote, along with the hashtag #TheMiseducationOfTheNegro.
— Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr) October 12, 2019
Writer Frederick Joseph also took issue with West and the people who welcomed him to Howard.
“Can’t blame Kanye anymore, he’s shown us who he is. Black people need to stop making space for his anti-Blackness,” Joseph wrote.
Can’t blame Kanye anymore, he’s shown us who he is. Black people need to stop making space for his anti-Blackness.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) October 12, 2019
West has repeatedly sparked controversy in the African American community, including when he said slavery was a “choice.” The hip-hop star is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, and last year called Trump a “hero” after they sat down for a meeting in the White House.
Despite the controversy surrounding the “Jesus Walks” rapper, a massive crowd of students gathered on the Yard to listen to West perform. Meanwhile, Howard University described the service as an incredible event.
“Amazing music and sounds at ‘Sunday Service’ from Kanye West and Choir,” the school tweeted.
— Howard University (@HowardU) October 12, 2019