You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. – Bruce Wayne/Sean Carter
People change. They have new interactions and grow in terms of their ideas and thoughts. Each new interaction (is supposed to) add a new layer to one’s experiences and beliefs, it may not change them, but there’s new data to interpret and assess.
Kanye must have had a complete 180.
“It’s funny how proximity kills your heroes, ayo, no pokin, I’m still woke Cee-Lo”
Over the weekend, in conclusion on his seemingly forever rant, Kanye semi-endorsed far-right “thinker” Candace Owens. Owens is known for a myriad of ridiculous notions and beliefs, and is the Director of Urban Engagement for Turning Point USA.
Now let me be clear: I’ve got nothing wrong with Black Republicans, they exist, they have a right to exist, I’ve said a few times myself that the core value of the Republican party isn’t something I disagree with. It’s hard for me to vote that way simply because of the history of the party: what with Nixon, a major racist, courting Southern Dixiecrats to the GOP when Democrats ran with the Civil Rights Act (Southern Strategy). John Ehrlichman, former Domestic Policy Chief under Nixon, admitted that the War on Drugs was a way to target the Left and Blacks.
“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Those very things have slowly bled to the Republican party we have today, as well as the side Owens appeals to are far FROM the core values of the party and have made a living off of dog whistling and appealing to neo-Nazis. It’s something that any self-respecting minority should honestly stray away from. That doesn’t mean voting democrat, that just means, well, not supporting a party that sat on its hands as Trump called out minority group after minority group and broke the emolument clause over and over and over and over. All this while knowing full well that if Obama, or hell, even W had done 1/10 of the things that Trump has managed to do, they would’ve rioted for his head.
Anyway, Orangello isn’t the point of this post. It’s Ye. It’s pretty clear he’s changed from who he used to be. Kanye has been one who has always taken a pro-black approach to his music and his activism and he’s essentially endorsed a woman who believes that by and large, black people are exaggerating when it comes to systemic oppression, this despite numerous academic articles confirming that systemic oppression does exist.
She also courts the heavily misogynistic “red pill” community, you know, those folks who actually refer to people as “cucks”. I know, I laughed too.
It’s honestly baffling, the lengths people will lie to themselves to make themselves feel more comfortable.
I’m not going to be like some who wish to invoke Mrs. Donda West in an attempt to shame Kanye for how far he’s fallen. What I am going to do is just pull up my list of notes from words that Kanye has spoken himself just to show you what the hell has happened here:
They take me to the back and pat me
Asking me about some khakis
But let some black people walk in
I bet you they show off their token blackie – “Spaceship”
How fitting cause token blackie fits Ms. Owens quite well.
Racism still alive, they just be concealing it – “Never Let Me Down”
Crack raised the murder rate in D.C. and Maryland
We invested in that, it’s like we got Merrill lynched – “Crack Music”
You see it’s broke nigga racism
That’s that “Don’t touch anything in the store”
And it’s rich nigga racism
That’s that “Come in, please buy more” – “New Slaves”
Oh yeah, this was in 2016:
Hands up, we just doing what the cops taught us
Hands up, hands up, then the cops shot us – “Feedback”
It seems absolutely wild that this is happening with Kanye, and I know it’s easy to say “he’s losing his mind” and I’m sure there’s been some depression at play here ever since he lost his Mother, but I’m not a psychiatrist. All I know is that Ye has continued to show he’s a shell of his former self, when Yeezus dropped, there was a split base, I’m of the belief that he tried to be different for the sake of being different, which is the same field I think he’s in now. He’s got to get the attention in his direction because he’s got a new project dropping, and that would be one of the things to do it.