Wednesday, October 10 2018
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 :
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 the black West mentally ill:
Couple this publicized and applauded hit on West with lily-white liberal Alyssa Milano’s presumptuous call to:
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:
Lemon would later conduct an overtly racist attack on Kanye West during a live TV segment that included these gross, racial insults:
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 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.