This article by Jay Shakur was originally published on April 17, 2018. There have currently been a few edits.
After Kanye West’s recent tweets praising Donald Trump many of his fans have been left wondering what exactly does he believe. West tweeted; “you don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought”. It was statements like these and a flood of others from Kanye via Twitter that caused some devoted fans to denounce the rap artist calling for the “Hurricane Katrina Kanye”. My question response to this statement is what is the “Hurricane Katrina Kanye”? A man who denounced a president by making such brash statements such as; “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”, is that the Kanye the public likes?
I am of the opinion that free-thought and personal opinion still matters. There are no two thoughts or ideologies that are identical. When it comes to politics or social issues there are no identical twin opinions, only fraternal twins. They may originate from the same place, but they flow through two completely different channels. The strength of America, the strength of this culture, the strength of any people is the ability to celebrate difference not shun it. True unity, at its core, is not conformity but a celebration of difference.
So, has Kanye evolved in his political thought? Perhaps not, he’s only evaluated it and has stood firm in his individual and personal convictions; the same for Chance the Rapper and other popular culture icons.
West claims that he is looking to start a dialogue, delivering a succession of tweets to his nearly 30 million followers, it seems that he is doing just that; sparking dialogue and provoking thought among colleagues and constituents alike. This is ever a developing story. For we are in the midst of a political revolution in which political correctness and what has been deemed as brash, close-minded conservatism is colliding.
The following questions must now be asked: If unity and acceptance are the end goal what exactly then is a coon? Can we not have a difference of opinion? Can you not be black and conservative and still be encultured.