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Ye, formerly Kanye West, is leading the revolution among black voters

Written By | Sep 30, 2018
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Kanye West/SNL Screen shot

WASHINGTON, DC: Kanye West, who now identifies as Ye, appeared on Saturday Night Live last night. The artist, in a Make America Great Again hat proclaimed his support for Donald Trump before the liberal-leaning show’s audience. In remarks that were taped after the live feed of the show was off the air at the end of his third musical performance, West said that the cast of SNL had bullied him backstage about wearing the MAGA hat.

Kanye West – Ye on SNL

Ye started by singing and rhyming,

“I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now. And the liberals bully you and tell you what you can and cannot wear,
where you and they can’t not stare. And they look at me and say its not fair.
How the hell did you get here. Well…”

Then Ye went on to speak.

“Actually blacks weren’t always Democrats. It is like a plan they did, to take the fathers out of homes and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democrat plan.” “And what this shows is we can’t be controlled by monolithic thought. You can’t always have, when you have a black subject matter like Cosby, that you have to have a black comedian talk about it.”

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He then turned to Weekend Update anchor Michael Che, who is black, and asked, “You Know what I mean?”  Then he talked about racism.
Kanye West on Trump and racism
“Its so many times that I talk to, like,  a white person about this and they say “How can you support Trump? He’s racist.” Well if I was concerned about racism I would have moved out of America a long time ago”

Then Ye talked about Trump.

“We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’ma break it down to you right now. If someone inspires me, and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all their policies.”

Ye went on,

“But this man is a builder. And when I said I was running in 2020 all my smart friends talked so much s— about me. And when I saw that man win I said, “See, I told you. I could have been there”.

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Kanye West responds to the Trump haters

At this point, a member of the audience called out, “F— Trump”. Kanye didn’t flinch, and responded,

“Now you’ve got a situation where we need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe because if you want something to change, it’s not going to change by saying “F— that person” Try love. Try love. Try love. Try love.”

At this point some members of the audience started to snicker. Kanye was unfazed.


“You see, they laughing at me. You heard em. They scream at me. They bully me. They bullied me backstage. They said, “Don’t go out there with that hat on”. They bullied me backstage. They bullied me. And then they say I’m in a sunken place. You want to see the sunken place? OK. I’m a listen to y’all now.”
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At that, Kanye took off his MAGA hat for several moments and paused. Then he put the MAGA hat back on defiantly and continued,

“Or, I’ma put my Superman cape on, which means you can’t tell me what to do. Follow your heart and stop following your mind. That’s how we’re controlled. That’s how we’re programmed. If you want the world to move forward, try love.”

West ended his speech before stunned cast members with this.

“Thank Y’all for giving me this platform. I know some of y’all don’t agree. But Y’all been going at that mans neck a lot, and I don’t think its actually that helpful.”
“I think the universe has balance. 90% of news are liberal. 90% of TV, LA, NewYork, writers, rappers, actors, musicians. So its easy to make it seem like its so, so, so one-sided. And I feel kind of free. I thought this country said I couldn’t be me.”

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An audience member yelled out, “We love you Kanye”. Kanye smiled and replied, “I love me too”.  It was a remarkable rant, for its honesty, for its courage, and its truth.

The fact that it was not broadcast didn’t matter. In the modern age of social media, several videotapes were almost immediately on the internet, including an Instagram post from Chris Rock, who was overheard exclaiming, “Oh my God” in the middle of Kanye’s speech.

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The 13th Amendment abolished Slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States and its territories. Kanye’s intention was to compare the state of modern-day black America, including mass incarceration,  to conditions of slavery and poverty from which Democrats had offered no hope of escape.

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Kanye’s effect on the electorate

While Kanye may have shocked the Saturday Night Live cast and crew and the elites of New York City, his message resonates with black Americans of all economic backgrounds.

Black voters act like they have only one choice in elections. Trump has changed all that. In the last election, Trump got one out of 10 black votes. All he needs is two of every 10 black votes to ensure that Democrats will no longer be able to take minority communities for granted.

If Trump gets three in 10 black votes, Democrats will never win another election. That is a distinct possibility. Kanye is merely the most visible tip of the iceberg when it comes to cracking the dominance of the Democrat party among black voters.

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Discontent, poor education, failed cities, failed poverty programs, lousy schools, and lack of opportunity plague large numbers of the underclass in America. Black citizens are disproportionally affected by poverty, and mass incarceration.

Trump has been the only politician in decades to recognize that and act on it, even though black voters do not support him. But a rising tide lifts all boats.

With 4% economic growth, rising wages, and the boom in the energy sector, and the return of manufacturing jobs in Amerca, black Americans stand to benefit as much or more than anyone.

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Startups of black-owned businesses have grown 400% since Trump’s election. The unemployment rate for blacks is the lowest it has ever been. The unemployment rate for Hispanics is the lowest it has ever been.

Opportunity, prosperity, and self-reliance are the watchwords for the black community.  Republican Senatorial candidate John James, an accomplished black businessman, West Point graduate and combat veteran, exemplifies the new Republican Party of opportunity for black citizens.

As James said time and again, the Republican Party was the party of emancipation, suffrage, and opportunity. It was the Democrat Party that supported slavery, opposed reconstruction, started Jim Crow, and presided over the suffering of blacks in America for 150 years.

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The Democrat Party was the party of segregation, massive resistance, and the Ku Klux Klan. Democrat Harry Byrd in Virginia and other Democrat Governors shut down the public school system for several years rather than integrate.

Kanye is right about Trump. He is also right about Black America. One thing is certain. The collapse of our inner cities and the widespread lack of accountability in Democrat ruled cities, from Baltimore to Detroit to Chicago, is abhorrent and can’t be tolerated.

What solutions do Rahm Emmanuel or the Democrat party have? Nothing. More of the same. Crime. Poverty. Brutality. Incarceration.

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For Kanye and many blacks, Trump is the solution

Trump is actually doing something for black Americans. And Kanye is telling black Americans to think for themselves. Don’t be sold down the river, again, by Democrats who want your vote but don’t care about your life.

It is a remarkable stand for a public black figure to take. Kanye’s appearance is outrageous and fantastic. It will have an effect because Kanye is right. For that, he has my respect.

Let’s hope that this November that translates into a revolution of black voters who will no longer be taken for granted. Who will think for themselves. Who will look at their paycheck, and recognize their prospects.

Blacks who will acknowledge and embrace growth, and prosperity, and a better life for them and their family.  Blacks who will vote Republican in 2018 and for Trump in 2020.

Even for black Americans, its the economy, stupid.

Thank you Kanye. America thanks you too.








L.J. Keith

LJ Keith is a non-partisan commentator taking aim at all aspects of governmental domestic and foreign policy and the American socio-political landscape with an eye toward examining the functional realities of the modern age, how they can be understood, and what context to view the changing face of life in America and its place in the world at large.