I could not tell you the name of one song sung or rapped by Kanye West. I can tell you that I was never a big fan of his antics, such as what he did to Taylor Swift a few years ago at the Grammys. He certainly marches to the tune of his own drummer and doesn’t care what people think. He proved that once again this past week coming out in support of some of President Trump’s policies, which prompted the liberals to once again show their tolerance.
Kanye looked at the record low level of unemployment in the black & Hispanic communities and realized that President Trump’s policies are working in a way that no liberal policy has ever worked. A couple of other rappers gave him mild support, including one who disagreed with Kanye but supported his right to come to his own conclusion. Not only did the tolerant liberals castigate Kanye but they even forced the one rapper supporting 1st amendment rights to apologize for doing so.
Kanye has been called every typical name in the book such as Uncle Tom. Chance the Rapper even called on his fellow gang members, the Crips, to kill Kanye on sight. Sarah Sanderson of CNN attacked him personally saying, among other things, that he was a caricature of a free thinking black man. We’ve seen this before, especially when black people share conservative principles; the names run from Uncle Tom to house negro to Aunt Jemima.
Then Kanye doubles down and was misquoted in the mainstream media as saying that 400 years of slavery was a choice. If you look at the context of his statement, you realize that what he was criticizing, what he was calling a choice, was the choice to remain victims because of something that was done hundreds of years ago. He pointed out that those of his race who have made a choice to work hard, to utilize their talent and take advantage of an opportunity have shown that anyone can succeed. Did he discount some of the race problems we do see in America? No but he made a good point.
He also went on to say that real slavery today is the belief that all black people should think the same things, vote for the same candidates, support the same political party. That they should believe what their ‘leaders’ tell them without thinking for yourself. I did not realize that Kanye, much less any rapper, could be such a deep thinker.
Again he was attacked personally for those statements. Do you know what is missing from all of these attacks? Someone telling Kanye he is wrong in his observations or conclusions. It’s the typical liberal behavior; they can’t dispute the facts and even when they could have an intellectually based disagreement on the conclusions, they resort to attacking the other party personally. While it’s nice to see that more people are starting to question the liberal narrative, we certainly have a long way to go.
One final observation: one pundit did make an attempt, albeit a pathetic attempt, to dispute Kanye’s facts or conclusions by saying he didn’t realize what white people had done to enslave black people for 400 years. What she fails to mention or may be ignorant about, is the role black people played in slavery. If we look only at slavery and the slave trade in America, some ignore the fact that there were also blacks who owned slaves and that in many cases it was black Africans selling other black Africans to the slave traders. Slavery touched all races, religions, you name it; when we understand that, only then can we begin to have open and honest discussions that will lead to further eradicating prejudice.