Kanye’s Candor Encourages Blacks to Embrace Conservatism

To assess the impact rapper and A-list black celebrity Kanye West is having on black American political evolution after his high-profile visit to the Trump White House, the One America News Network asked Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper to comment on this “significant celebrity” openly expressing conservative opinions.

Rather than considering him a trailblazer, Horace said Kanye is simply the harbinger of a change liberals have dreaded for some time. Their open hostility to him is due exactly for that reason.

“The truth is,” Horace explained, “that Kanye West is just following where black America is starting to move.”

What is unique to the situation is that a cultural icon broke ranks with the celebrity status quo. The entertainment elite is incredibly hostile to President Trump, and Kanye is signaling to black Americans in particular that it is alright for them to support the President if they choose and to not feel bad about it.

Horace pointed out that kitchen-table factors including more jobs and an improved economy are reasons for many blacks to question the widespread criticism they hear about the Trump Administration. He added:

Kanye West talked about things that I think most importantly signal it’s okay for black Americans to say publicly that they disagree with the progressive worldview. That is the biggest takeaway I had from this. But the second one is how much hypocrisy there was [from liberals].

This outspoken attitude, Horace said, is rubbing off on people and scaring the liberal establishment that has had a lock on black support for so long and taken it for granted:

They can’t stand the idea that black America – just like white America, men and women – can think for themselves, can speak and can reject whatever it is that the mainstream media elites are pushing from a hard-left perspective.



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