What does this blog’s title mean? Read the following excerpt from Dan Gainor’s article at foxnews.com, which, in the course of outlining what a good week the Trump administration has had (not that you’d know it from the usual mainstream media suspects), mentions Kanye West’s endorsement of Donald Trump, and you’ll have your answer:
Then there was the Kanye West storyline, which has quickly become one of the most bizarre narrative changes in the entire Trump presidency. West, who initially tweeted support for an African-American conservative, ended the week trolling Twitter like his friend President Trump. He was even photographed sporting a Make America Great Again hat.
West set the ball rolling with support for Turning Point USA Communications Director Candace Owens. He tweeted: “I love the way Candace Owens thinks,” on April 21. The Internet nearly collapsed under the weight of tweets and think pieces, most of them negative.
The Washington Post ran 29 separate Kanye West stories and opinion pieces in one week, including saying he was an “alt-right darling,” discussing his “bizarre political evolution,” and saying how he “fell for the worst black Republican sales pitch there is.”
The Twitter mob quickly descended on the rapper. Celebrities who unfollowed Kanye read like a Who’s Who of music: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber all disconnected. Late-night TV hosts piled on and then something else crazy happened.
Chance the Rapper gave Kanye his support.
What followed terrified media types and the left even more. Chance tweeted: “Black people don’t have to be democrats.” Those were like the modern version of George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words.” If President Trump’s sudden rapper influx could actually impact voters, it might alter elections for years.
The anti-Kanye West hate fest was fueled by anti-dragon power. The Hollywood Reporter asked: “Did Kanye West Just Kill His Brand?”
The comments from journalists were almost indistinguishable from equally panicked liberals.
What are they afraid of? That a Black entertainer, who apparently is influential among young people – not just Blacks, either – dared to say something different than what they expect/demand of all Black people? And that he was seconded by another influential Black entertainer?
Look, I don’t know much about Kanye West’s or Chance the Rapper’s music. And I don’t consider their political opinions to have any more weight than anyone else’s.
But what I do know is that, if they start to break the ideological monopoly on young Black people that the hard left currently owns – even if it is just a little (say, 5% – 8%) – the Democrat Party is going to be in a world of trouble.
Because without owning the Black vote, virtually in its entirety, Democrats will lose elections that currently seem unlosable.
In other words, God help Democrats if Black people think and consider both sides instead of marching in lockstep to their fife and drum.