Conservative commentator and Editor in Chief of Campus Reform Lawrence Jones has been watching the Kanye West story develop and while he couldn’t be happier, he has some solid advice for Kanye, and that’s to ignore the Republican party’s ways and methods.
Kanye has been in a sea of controversy since announcing his public support for Donald Trump and denouncing the Democratic party. In today’s mainstream setting, doing both of these things is the kiss of death for anyone with aspirations of being successful. In at least one case it was the kiss of death period, as Daz Dillinger decided to put out a call to the LA gang, the Crips, for Kanye’s head.
But Kanye may have stepped in it when he described the 400 years that black people went through slavery as a “choice.” Kanye was talking about the mentality of slavery being a choice, but the way he said it made it hard to interpret it that way, sparking even more controversy.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of you all? Like, we’re mentally in prison. Like, slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks,” he said. “So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”
Jones appeared on Fox Business to weigh in on the event and explained that he understood what Kanye was trying to say, and appreciated it, but that Kanye was going about it all wrong as what he said leaves a bad taste in the mouths of black people. Instead, he suggested another way.
Jones recalled when he first made the public switch to the Republican party and had many on the right telling him that hip-hop was destroying the black community. Jones disagreed, and said that if you want to reach the black community, then hip-hop is the way to do it since hip-hop is one of the primary vessels of black culture.
“I would caution Kanye on something that I wish someone cautioned me on with I first made my change to the right,” said Jones. “Don’t lose your connection to the community because it’s our job as black conservatives, as libertarians, to go back into the community and reach those people. And you can’t do that with mistakes like this.”
“Kanye has a sincere heart, Stewart,” continued Jones, “but in reality, sometimes he is falling into the Republican trap that they have set. The Republican party needs you. You don’t need the Republican party.”
Jones went on to say that Kanye is already turning people within the black community away from the left, but must continue to be Kanye in order to be most effective. This means continuing his hip-hop career by doing the same exact thing he’s been doing instead of trying to check off the boxes typically set by the right in order to be accepted.
Jones is correct in his assessment, as Kanye’s ability to reach people came with his ability to create art worth viewing. Attempting to suddenly shift gears and create art that would be approved by the party he has now seeemingly switched to would only make it cheap, and more in line with propaganda than art.