How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America - "Kanye West and HaLester Myers are Better at Their Jobs..." Summary & Analysis

Kiese Laymon
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The essay opens with Laymon recollecting the time his grandmother’s second husband, HaLester Myers, suddenly died. Laymon was in the room at the time and figured that HaLester was faking sleep, but he was actually unconscious due to medical reasons. The recollection then goes back in time, to an instance when Laymon and HaLester, who was very drunk, spoke about Kanye West. According to HaLester, Kanye West and Barack Obama were very good at telling white people about what black people deserve. HaLester also stated that women should be treated the same way as cats, which was problematic, according to Laymon. Laymon then makes a point that HaLester degraded women just like Kanye did.

Laymon then recollects the time when he first burned a CD of "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" by West. This...

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