I’m not a Kanye West fan. Never have been. But there’s something very discomforting that is being revealed right now if we are brave enough to recognize it. It’s been true for years, and conservatives have pointed it out – particularly black conservatives. But it’s never infiltrated pop culture like it is right now thanks to West and his somewhat bizarre, demonstrative support for President Trump and his agenda.
Last week, appearing as the musical guest on a program that makes no effort to hide its hatred of the president, Saturday Night Live, West went rogue:
"So many times I’ve talked to a white person about this, and he'd say, 'How could you love Trump? He's racist.' Well, if I was concerned about racism I would have moved out of America a long time ago,'" West, donned in a red 'Make America Great Again' hat, said to the studio audience.
"They bully me. They bully me backstage not to put my hat on (referring to 'MAGA' hat). They bully me," West said on stage after Saturday Night Live concluded its broadcast.
I have no idea whether any of that is true or not. But what I do know is that it is telling to see a white guy, cast member Pete Davidson, go on national television and call the black West mentally ill:
Pete Davidson called Kanye’s post-show ramblings “one of the worst, one of the most awkward, things I’ve ever seen while working here.”
But the comedian, who has talked openly about his own struggles with mental health issues, saved his strongest words for that topic, saying Kanye should be on medication.
“Take ’em,” Davidson said. “There’s no shame in the medicine game. I’m on ’em. It’s great.’
Couple this publicized and applauded hit on West with lily-white liberal Alyssa Milano’s presumptuous call to:
“Make Kanye Kanye Again. #MKKA”
What is that supposed to mean if it isn’t that, as a black man, Kanye has a duty to think a certain way that Milano approves of? How is that promoting diversity, or the integrity of the individual? How is it not the epitome of this “white privilege” liberals like Milano are regularly prattling on about?
The assumption that black people can’t have diverse opinions would seemingly anger those who claim to be championing the cause of minorities in America. You know, people like black and gay CNN host Don Lemon. That would be the same Lemon who was at the Kanye West SNL debacle and had this to say:
"So it was very uncomfortable," Lemon said of the event. "The host was Adam Driver. He left the stage. The cast members, some of them were like just had their heads down. They don't let you leave the show until it's over. That's 1:00 a.m. Eastern. This went on after the show and people wanted to get up, including us, because we didn't want to listen to that bull***t and they wouldn't let us out."
Lemon would later conduct an overtly racist attack on Kanye West during a live TV segment that included these gross, racial insults:
"Kanye is what happens when negroes don't read."
"[Kanye is] the token negro of the Trump administration."
"Black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft."
If these remarks were made about a black celebrity supporting Hillary Clinton those making the remarks would lose their jobs. But this is what has become of the modern left. So much for diversity of thought.
Granted, I’m sure it was an extremely uncomfortable thing to be sitting there listening to Kanye rant. But peculiarly, I don’t remember Lemon being overly concerned about the awkwardness of Kanye’s uncomfortable “BS” about George W. Bush not caring about black people.
Why the difference? Why is one unacceptable and the other a performer “speaking his truth?”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that maybe it has to do with a prejudicial motivation that assumes ownership over black people’s minds. And when one of those minds – sound or silly or idiosyncratic – drifts off the plantation, it won’t be tolerated.
That really shouldn’t be okay.