FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo. Kanye West appears at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. West responded to critical tweets from his former protege Kid Cudi by telling the fellow rapper never to mention him during a show in Tampa, Fla., on Sept, 14, 2016. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Kanye West continues to defy expectations.
And by “expectations,” I mean the standard Left-lean of celebrity outspokenness.
As reported by Page Six Tuesday, in an interview with radio host Big Boy, the rapper and fashion man asserted that, politically, black Americans have been brainwashed:
“We’re brainwashed out here, bro. Come on, man.”
But he’s out of that cell:
“This is a free man talking. Democrats had us voting [for] Democrats with food stamps for years.”
He’d been asked about criticism that he’s turned his back on the black community.
Then West threw out a real fireball: He related abortion to murder.
And he accused Dems of making black women have ’em:
“What are you talking about? Guns in the ’80s, taking the fathers out the home, Plan B, lowering our votes, making us abort our children…Thou shall not kill.”
He was also pressed over his support of Donald J. Trump.
Trump, as we’ve been told for about four years — and had never, ever been told before — is a white supremacist with fang-drooling hatred for black people.
But that’s political warfare: Previous to adding an “R” to his name, Trump was hailed in rap songs and was a mentor to black cultural architect Russell Simmons. In fact, the Commander-in-Chief wrote the foreword to Russell’s great book, Life and Def : Sex, Drugs, Money, and God.
But back to the interview, what about Kanye’s relationship with that racist guy on Pennsylvania Avenue?
“The most racist thing a person can tell me is that I’m supposed to choose something based on my race.”
He’s just a guy trying to make his way:
“I’m not telling nobody not to vote Democrat. I love Obama, I love lemonade, I love Wingstop, I love Polos, I love Jordans.”
“I’m only afraid of my daddy, God. I done been 15 years. I’m telling you that God is showing you that you can have your own thoughts, bro. I been canceled before.”
Kanye’s new album, Jesus is King, was released Friday, and I recently came across a blog post that might interest you, concerning some in the Christian community’s denigration of West.
Here’s a bit of the entry from Lauren Brett Black on HemmedBlog.com (some punctuation edits mine):
Christians kill me. We pray for revival, we pray for the restoration of our country & for the salvation of our leaders, & the moment that God begins to move, we say, “Oh wait, not him, we didn’t mean Kanye West.” And just like that, we put God back in the box we keep Him in.
There was a celebration in Heaven when Kanye said yes to Jesus, just like there was a celebration in Heaven when you said yes to Jesus.
One of the greatest most prominent artists of our time has stepped out in faith, renounced his old life, & publicly professed what God has done for him, and — disgustingly — it’s not good enough for us?
What if we turn the questions around? Doesn’t feel so good then, huh? What if the stones you’re throwing came back to knock you off of that high horse? Here’s an idea: What if we trusted and we stood behind the work that God is doing, even if we can’t understand it?
What if we actually started acting like believers and believed? What if we stopped allowing division to do exactly what it does – divide? What if we stood up? What if we set ourselves apart? What if we celebrated with Heaven instead of picking a fight against it?
Lauren ends with a quote from Kanye:
“Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the Gospel. I’ve spread a lot of things. There was a time I let you know what high fashion had done for me, I let you know what the Hennessy had done for me…now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me.”
That quote was also featured in Billboard. In it, the star continues:
“…And in that, I’m no longer a slave, I’m a son now, a son of God. I’m free.”
He’s certainly talking like a free man — unencumbered by what many would rather him say.
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