Culture Shift: Rappers Encouraging Black Americans to Abandon Democrats
We may be witnessing a once-in-a-century culture shift in America, and one that could shape the political climate like nothing we have seen in recent history.
As Big League Politics reported, Kanye West returned to Twitter to show his support for conservative values of individualism and free thought, and even posted a picture wearing a Make America Great Again Hat. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, defended him today.
This afternoon, another major cultural player stepped out to express his opinion.
Black people don’t have to be democrats.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
“Black people don’t have to be democrats,” Tweeted Chance the Rapper.
The current political landscape – one that has existed for the lat 50 years – paints Democrats as morally upright citizens who genuinely want to help the underprivileged (read: minorities). The opposite is said about Republicans, who are called greedy, racist bigots at every turn. Democrats have been allowed to get away with this underhanded soft bigotry of low expectations, allowing them to claim “savior” status to minorities for 50 years, promising them the world, and thus profiting in the way of votes.
But little has changed, particularly in Democrat-run cities with high concentrations of minorities. It would be dishonest to say that the life of the average black Democrat in a place like Detroit has actually improved under Democrat leadership.
Kanye West recognizes this:
Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.
— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
“Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed,” he tweeted.
Conservatives have been highlighting Democrat failures like this for decades, and have not been engaged in debate, but rather called names put down.
With that said, there is a feeling in the air that we are on the precipice of a massive shift in culture, which is impossible to ignore.
It’s always incredible to watch a cultural shift happen in real time. I respect those willing to take the lead breaking with convention. That takes guts… though there’s a better word for it. 🏀🏀 https://t.co/01jMdg6ETa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 25, 2018
“It’s always incredible to watch a cultural shift happen in real time. I respect those willing to take the lead breaking with convention. That takes guts…” tweeted Donald Trump Jr. in reference to Chance the Rapper’s tweet.
“Dilbert” comic creator Scott Adams summed up this shift in a recent episode of his podcast called “How Kanye Showed the Way to The Golden Age.”
“People are breaking out of what I call their ‘mental prisons,'” Adams said. “We humans have developed a number of ‘Prisons of the Mind,’ things that we just imagine to be our limitations, that limit what we think is possible.”
One of these “prisons” is the type of thought that is understood as being in a “fog,” where the masses do not really understand what the problems in society actually are, and no solutions are offered. The misconception, according to Adams, is thinking that the problem is the solution. The other “prison” is that history does not, or at least does not have to, repeat.
The gist of the argument is that whatever problems white people have caused or are causing, whether they are real or not, are irrelevant. White people have done what they can to fix the problems through civil rights, and equal protection under the law. The rest is left up to the individual. This is the message espoused by right wing pundit Candace Owens.
“Kanye tweeted ‘I like the way Candace Owens thinks,’ and he ripped a hole in reality,” Adams said. “Kanye is supposed to be [on one side] and Candace is supposed to be [on the other side] and neither is supposed to say that the other said something right. Kanye knows that history doesn’t repeat, he’s not a prisoner of the mind, he knows the problem is not the solution.”
“He actually just altered reality,” Adams said. “The story is that these two people that shouldn’t be in the same conversation, that in seven words, Kanye just freed a lot of people. Kanye, in seven words, unlocked a mental prison, and is bringing you to the Golden Age.”
The significance of what we are witnessing cannot be understated. As Andrew Breitbart was keen on saying, politics is downstream from culture. We are more likely to listen to cultural icons about how we should view the world than we are to politicians about how we should view the world.
The problem for the political right is that it has very few cultural icons on its side. All of a sudden, this is changing. What will follow could very well be a revival of the spirit of American individualism.