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Kanye West gave a nine-minute speech when he accepted the Visionary Award at Monday’s BET Honors, because he’s Kanye West so of course he did—and because Adam Blackstone used to be his music director. “I’m pretty sure he’s not going to start the music on me,” West smiled.

Before going on to talk about the weighty topic of expressing yourself for the benefit of the human race, West first made sure to adequetely embarrass his wife Kim Kardashian. “At the barber shop and everything, I used to hear people always saying, you know, when an entertainer go on, you know he’s going to go on and get a white girl,” he said. “And the white girl gonna go get a rich black dude. I want to say that my wife has dated broke black dudes, so it ain’t got nothing to do with the money.”

As Kardashian gave an “oh, Kanye” laugh in the front row, he continued to talk about race and racism. “True enough, we deal with racism because there are different races,” he said, “or, the micro of it, is that we focus on the different races as opposed to the macro, which is the human race.”

“Our oil is an expression, is our influence,” he concluded. “Don’t never let them take that away. And when we have the chance to express it, and to influence, don’t only just do it for us. Do it for the human race.”

Watch the whole speech here.