Yesterday, Kanye West went on a Twitter spree about politics, Donald Trump, and basically anything else that was on his mind at the time. It started with this tweet:
You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
Eventually, he tweeted a picture of a Make America Great Again hat that was signed by Trump, and Trump even tweeted back, and then Kim stepped in to ask him to clarify that he doesn’t “agree with everything Trump does.”
John Legend took notice of the interaction. He started tweeting, and although he didn’t outrightly say he was talking about Kanye… he was basically talking about Kanye.
I imagine there’s some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn’t exist. If history is erased, we don’t have to deal with its consequences. However…
Far too many people don’t have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can’t act like what they see and know doesn’t exist.
They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear
They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James
I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can’t be blind to the truth.
The defining trait of Trump’s campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy. He made it clear every time he spoke. Some serious cognitive dissonance to ignore that for the other x% you might find appealing. I guess I agree with >1% of anyone’s thoughts though
The last tweet directly calls out people who turn a blind eye to Trump’s “white supremacist” tendencies, in this case, he’s talking about Kanye and his history with Trump, and he says it would take “some serious cognitive dissonance to ignore” the bad things the President has done.
Right after the 2016 election, Kanye met with the then-president elect in Trump tower, and he faced serious backlash from his fans. At the time, Kanye addressed the issue on Twitter, saying “I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues … I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”
If you were wondering where this leaves John and Kanye’s friendship, today, Kanye tweeted a text exchange he had with John. John asked him to reconsider aligning himself with Trump, and he basically said John was trying to manipulate his free thought.
But he went on to post another one.
Guess that settles that!
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