Kanye West Is Neither A 'Token Negro' Nor A Political Hero

The left goes racist while the the right swoons over a MAGA hat.

Once again, Kanye West’s bromance with President Trump has triggered knee-jerk reactions on both sides of the political spectrum. The response from many on the left was nothing short of racist while Republicans once again showed their willingness to overlook a host of bizarre behavior in order to embrace a celebrity who says nice things about Donald Trump.

On one hand, Don Lemon and his guests on CNN treated West shamefully. The rapper was bombarded with racial slurs by several CNN commentators after his Oval Office meeting with the president.

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” said Bakari Sellers, a former state legislator from South Carolina who was a guest on the show.

The worst comments came from CNN correspondent Tara Setmayer, however. Setmayer called West an “attention whore” and the “the token Negro of the Trump administration.” She also said that “black folks are about to trade Kanye in the racial draft.”

The comments about West are racist on their face. It is racist and stereotypical by definition to assume that someone must hold particular political beliefs because of the color of their skin. As of this writing, however, CNN has neither disciplined Lemon or Setmayer nor condemned the comments made on the show.

There is substance to the claims that Kanye has mental problems. West revealed last June that he has been diagnosed with a “mental condition” and has made references to being bipolar. It is, however, reprehensible to equate mental illness with wearing a MAGA hat.

On the other hand, just because West wears a MAGA hat does not make him someone that conservatives should put on a pedestal. Kanye may be a Trump supporter, but that does not make him a conservative. West’s Oval Office monologue may have contained some good points, but it also contained some bizarre ones.

Put simply, Kanye West is a nut. Self-proclaimed to be the “voice of this generation,” West has also claimed that he is “a close high” to the Most High, Jesus Christ. If that lyric left any doubt, the song, from the album “Yeezus,” is called “I Am A God” and also contains the lyric “I am a god” repeated no less than 12 times. The song closes with the line, “Ain't no way I'm giving up on my god.” I would argue that anyone who claims to be a god is incompatible with a party that claims to Christian.

Beyond his love for Donald Trump, West is not even politically reliable. Although his love for Trump and his “male energy” appears genuine, West still says, as recently as his meeting with Trump yesterday, “I love Hillary” and there seems to be little evidence that West holds or even understands conservative political positions.

As if to underscore his instability, after leaving the White House West apparently went to an Apple store in the District of Columbia and climbed up on a table to deliver a “keynote” address. Amazingly, no one seems to have videoed the speech although a reporter for Religion News Service tweeted pictures and a running commentary of the event. Kanye reportedly said that he made a hat for Trump that said “Made America Great,” notably omitting the word “again” from the slogan, and then announced that he was leaving for Africa.

The great Kanye-troversy of 2018 is another case in which both sides make themselves look bad. The liberal attacks on West are a clear attempt to demonize any dissent from ethnic groups that the Democrats claim as their own. The Democratic Party knows that if the bloc of black voters is broken, it will be practically impossible to elect anyone from their increasingly radical and, dare I say it, crazy party.

For Republicans, Kanye is another example of how low the party has set the bar for its idols. The only conservative credential that West has is the fact that he wears a MAGA hat and likes President Trump. When Republicans applaud Kanye West for praising President Trump only a few days after they condemn Taylor Swift for using her celebrity status to stump for Democrats, it makes them look like hypocrites.

The bottom line here is that celebrities have the right to speak about politics, the same as anyone else. The best solution for both sides is let them have their say and then ignore them.

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cynicalnerd
cynicalnerd

Like Trump, I see Kayne as useful for the time being.. if not particularly helpful. (They're are both obnoxious motormouths whose favorite cologne is gasoline) If the Kayne's words and treatment of him by the drive-by Media further weakens the Democrat's hold on black vote (Part of the walkaway movement) , that would be very useful for the GOP even as it is not helpful to the already hypergolic situation.

kskg8s
kskg8s

I would submit that the story would have been more correctly written "left wing media pundits" and "right wing media pundits". Most of the rest of us think it is interesting to watch but doesn't impact our lives. I imagine most of us would not have thought very much about it afterward if the pundits had not had a fit on both sides. Kanye is definitely a self made millionaire and he was smart enough to do that. He is also somewhat eccentric, which makes him more interesting than a lot of millionaires these days. He is entitled to his opinion just like the rest of us, and a good response to his opinions would be (1) I agree, (2) I disagree or (3) I don't understand/care. We could also give our reasons why we had these reactions. The rest of what the pundits are doing on this is just their foray into drama, which they do too often these days.

whatizreality
whatizreality

Do you think maybe it was a tactic to distract the media from the lady to his right who is Chicago drug kingpin Larry Hoover's attorney? He is currently is federal prison on drug charges and she was apparently there to ask President Trump for a pardon or sentence commutation for him.

AdeleInTexas
AdeleInTexas

Nailed it. "The bottom line here is that celebrities have the right to speak about politics, the same as anyone else. The best solution for both sides is let them have their say and then ignore them."

Still Jules
Still Jules

I don't think anyone on the Right is celebrating West as a convert to political conservatism. What I am seeing is celebration of the open ridicule of the Left's treatment of black people as a mindless demographic instead of as individuals with individual ideas and beliefs.

West is no less coherent than Nancy Pelosi, for example. It is a lot harder to maintain coherence in a public situation, speaking spontaneously, and caught up in the moment with a cascade of ideas all fighting to get out, than people realize. There is a sense of not wanting to lose the moment, and wanting to cram every idea into it.

What I get from West is that he is not even TRYING to talk about politics, about policies, about the best way to govern the nation. He is talking about what he knows, what he experiences, what he sees in his life day in and day out, and that is the willingness of so many black people to be told what to think and how to identify themselves, instead of thinking for themselves as people first and people of color second. He has some undeveloped instinctive leanings toward some ideas which may be considered political, and I hope he works on them and develops them. But for now his voice has a much simpler message, and that is that black people are PEOPLE, not livestock kept on a plantation by their Leftist masters, fed and housed and harvested for votes. And that they do not give up their black identity, their heritage or their culture by failing to line up with the Left.

His message is that dignity lies in independent thinking, not in accepting a blanket identity of a collective.

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