Flipping out over Kanye West

Wow, judging by the hysteria, you might have thought that superstar rapper Kanye West called for the return to the days of Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the “separate but equal”

Kanye West

Kanye West

doctrine.

The condemnations of West as everything from an opportunist and nutty to  betrayer  began when he tweeted that he loves "the way Candace Owens thinks. Owens, communications director for the conservative student activist group Turning Point USA, had taken Black Lives Matter to task for promoting the victim mentality in the black community. (See her in the video below.)

Owens' message was that blacks have been held captive by group think  and that it's time for them to critically challenge the liberal cant that has held them captive for decades.

Sure, some conservatives pulled West up onto their bandwagon, lacking as the right does a whole lot of black passengers. (Which is Owens' point. She's only asking why.) But most conservatives, myself included, don't need West or other Hollywood celebrities and entertainers to confirm our beliefs.

Apparently many people on the left do, judging by their frenzy over West's endorsement of independent thinking. The left relishes, even fantasizes, the idea that their pre-conceptions are endorsed by celebrities, a "scientific consensus" (e.g. global warming) and right-thinking (e.g. non-deplorable) people. No need to imagine their shock when Americans was elected president; their weeping and wailing were heard throughout the land.

The idea that black people cannot think for themselves and endorsed conservative values sends the left into high elliptical orbit. And any white people who agree the proposition that the left has used the black community for their own political purposes are condemned as racist.

Like Owens, I once considered myself to be a liberal. Like Owens, thinking for myself got me expelled from the herd.

Disclosure: I have done contract work for Turning Point USA.

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