The rapper raised important points with US President Donald Trump but was instead attacked by the Left
The recent White House meeting between US President Donald Trump and rap superstar Kanye West received widespread media attention and broadly derided as a publicity stunt. Sadly brushed aside, however, was a deeper, critical examination of some of the more pertinent social problems raised by West.
The 41-year-old made some credible points – inconvenient truths for a left-leaning liberal media.
Wests reference to “male energy” was slammed as two narcissistic, alpha males using the platform of the Oval office to buoy their egos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, it was a compassionate attempt to add something more substantive to the public discourse.
“You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home,” he told a gasping news corps.
“And also I’m married now into a family that, you know, not a lot of male energy going on, it’s beautiful though. But there’s times where, you know, it’s something about, I love Hillary, I love everyone, right, but the campaign ‘I’m With Her” just didn’t make me feel as a guy that didn’t get to see my dad all the time, like a guy that could play catch with his son”.
This goes to the heart of one of the Democratic Parties main political strategies – identity politics.
Clinton piloted her campaign as a subtle drive to elect the first ever female US president, to copper fasten America’s progressive evolution, much like Barack Obama was elected, for the most part, as the first African American president.
“I think it’s the bravery that helps you beat this game called life. You know they tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my own friends, but this hat, it gives me power in a way…. It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made us Superman, that’s my favorite superhero, and you made a Superman cape for me,” he explained.
Why? Because every American can wear a “MAGA” hat, male and female, black or white. America is inclusive, America is diverse, America is one. Could a guy wear an “I’m With Her” hat, probably not? It separates, it divides, and it delineates you as something different to others.
But for West, the hat symbolizes a lot more. It represents his right to think on his own, that even though he is expected to think a particular way, he has the right to go against the grain, and that right can never be taken away from him. The hat represents his escape, from the shackles of the Democratic Parties “dependence” ideology.
“You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat they say – you know, first of all, it’s a limit to amount of jobs, so the fathers lose the job and they say, ‘We’ll give you more money for having more kids in your home.’”
There is substance to what West is arguing. Conservative academic, Thomas Sowell (himself an African American) has long documented these same assertions. According to Sowell, “A vastly expanded welfare state in the 1960s destroyed the black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and generations of racial oppression. In 1960, before this expansion of the welfare state, 22 percent of black children were raised with only one parent. By 1985, 67 percent of black children were raised with either one parent or no parent”.
By 2015 this rate rose to 77.3 percent.
The Democratic Party has positioned itself as the protector of African-Americans but in doing so has promulgated the “legacy of slavery” argument that whatever social problems exist in ghetto communities are caused by the sins or negligence of whites – West is breaking from that conformity.