Friday, October 12, 2018

Kanye West's Dilemma for Blacks

Kanye West's support for President Trump has plunged Blacks into an unexpected dilemma. Many of the black political pundits and intelligentsia don't consider him a reputable or knowledgeable person to express problems and solutions for Blacks. In other words, they believe he's uneducated, uncouth, and expresses himself in a manner that embarrasses many Blacks,

He is reminiscent of Fannie Lou Hammer: A civil rights icon fighting for acceptance of Blacks into the Mississippi delegation at the 1964 Democratic convention. She, like Kanye, felt and expressed the raw pain of being Black in this country. Some historians claim that most Black civil rights  leaders didn't want her to have a public platform, because she lacked the  education and  sophistication to speak on behalf of Blacks. The primary distinction between Ms. Hammer and Kayne is she was  expressing concerns that Blacks supported, while  Kanye is expressing concerns to someone most Blacks dislike.

We have become accustomed to smooth-talking Blacks, who by their education and class make us feel good about racial progress.  They allow us to participate in intellectual gymnastics and apathy. They incite us to claim our victimization by gossiping about  judicial injustices, police brutality, racism, Black on Black crime and so forth.  Their eloquence and erudition lull us into an illusion where we forget millions of Blacks don't talk, act, or live similar lifestyles as they do.

Whenever we hear someone like the raw, unfiltered Kanye speak, we don't know how to label him. Some of the Black Intelligentsia  called him a "Cultured Negro," "a sell-out," "crazy," and so forth. Instead of attacking Kanye, why not thank him for opening our eyes to see and hear what Blacks have to say who are not considered to be politically savvy.

Nevertheless, his willingness to break with the black, monolithic-Democrat voting block is in many ways courageous. Regardless of  our opinions of him, he verbalizes his beliefs in a manner that's similar to how many inner-city Blacks talk to each other about overcoming victimization.

Those who believe they are qualified to speak for Blacks should also think about the Kayne-effect that's absent in their lives. In other words, Kanye, without his wealth, symbolizes millions of Blacks publicly silenced and unable to share their pain, feelings, and desires to overcome victimization.

Similarly, at this point in our lives, we should have achieved the clarity to understand that Kanye is a Black man. He has felt, and continues to feel, the pain of being a Black man in this society. And while his political and social beliefs are anathema to most Blacks, they are his and we can listen to them and understand he represents a sizable number of Blacks that we claim we're fighting for their equality and freedom.

Meanwhile, when we live outside of ourselves trying to fit into a toxic environment, we tend to forget we have embodied massive dosages of other people's information, which distorted our organic awareness-of-being. The desire to change is the awareness to know that "waking-up isn't popular."

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