11:42 AM PT -- Author and activist Marc Lamont Hill came on "TMZ Live" Tuesday to discuss Kanye West's "White Lives Matter" controversy -- and he's shooting down the notion that the guy gets a pass because of his mental health.
Kanye, by his own admission, deals with bipolar disorder -- and has even said he sometimes doesn't take his meds -- but MLH says that alone can't be an excuse for what Ye's saying in regards to Black Lives Matter or what many consider outrageous behavior.
Essentially, Marc's saying he believes this is how Kanye feels at his core ... and to him, it's a major disappointment. The reason he thinks Kanye is a lot more stable and cogent than some might give him credit for is because of all his successes -- something Marc doesn't think someone with a truly debilitating mental illness could do. It's an interesting theory.
Bottom line ... Marc thinks Kanye's trying to have his cake and eat it too -- especially when he picks and chooses when he wants to lean into his Black identity, and it's a bad look from Marc's POV.
The Black Lives Matter movement is going after Kanye Westfor the controversial "White Lives Matter" shirt he wore to his YZY Show, saying it's nothing but a stunt to hurt folks fighting for justice.
In a statement to TMZ, BLM says ... "While some may see Kanye and Candace's stunt as a distraction, we recognize that it harms thousands of families fighting for justice for their loved ones killed by state-sanctioned violence."
BLM's also ripping Candace Owens -- who also wore the shirt -- for what they view as spreading "toxic confusion" ... claiming the shirts, and phrasing, can be "used to legitimize violent assaults on Black people."
Kanye should know better, BLM says, telling us ... "Kanye knows very well that 'white lives' have never been targeted for oppression. Black folks, in contrast, are at the bottom of virtually every economic, social, and political measure because of centuries of individual and institutional racism."