In 2005, in the days after Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West famously said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on national television during a live fundraiser. He was speaking about the inadequate response to the devastation affecting the Gulf Coast of the United States, primarily affecting black people. The 2005 Kanye, saw black people suffering and spoke out, unconcerned for how it might affect his career. That Kanye has been replaced by a self-promoting clown who has discarded the concern for black people he once possessed.
In 2018, while Hurricane Michael is still leaving a wake of devastation in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Kanye went to the White House and met with Donald Trump. He was purportedly there to discuss the City of Chicago and gun violence. Instead, he joked with reporters during an impromptu press conference. Not outlining his plans for improving things in Chicago (not that he has any expertise to call upon), he didn’t focus on the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael and call for people to support the victims and help with reconstruction. He bragged about his “love” for the man who defended Klan members and Skinheads as “very fine people,” after the deadly incident in Charlottesville, VA. We all know who Trump is; from his advocating for the death penalty for the Central Park 5 to his open appeal to white nationalists who have found a home in his base.
Kanye recently said the 400 years of slavery for black people in America was “a choice.” He also advocated abolishing the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery which he related somehow to full employment. In response to a huge backlash, Kanye deleted his Twitter account which he does from time to time when the public doesn’t agree with him.
Kanye West is a brilliant musician… a genius in that aspect of his life. That doesn’t give him any expertise in stopping gun violence in Chicago or evaluating this administration’s public policy. Give him props for speaking up against Stop & Frisk, but that comment was lost in his Oval Office diatribe in which he promoted himself and Trump, forgetting all about the black people he once championed. People have speculated that Kanye has been suffering from a form of PTSD since the death of his mother. Others blame the Kardashian curse. It’s clear he now finds himself in the sunken place, and instead of seeking the way out, he’s digging deeper.