This isn’t an easy question to answer.

As the world watched the debacle that took place in the White House on October 11, 2018, many cringed, many shrieked with laughter, and others watched in horror as Kanye West unleashed a rant that seemed to go in multiple directions, none of which leading to a coherent reason for his meeting with the 45th president of the United States. His impaired subject matter encompassed support for the president, admiring the President’s risk taking as it inspired him to do the same in his business endeavors, his unfortunate battle with the side effects of sleep deprivation, prison reform and amending the 13th amendment. No topic was adequately supported and relevant to the other. It was as though he plucked themes out of his mind and pasted them into his argument in no particular order.

Cue my own confusion.

I struggled to understand what Kanye West was talking about. I also wondered if Kanye West knew exactly what he was talking about. How could the same man who bravely belted, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people!” support a man who clearly does not?

Let’s take a trip back to 1989, shall we?

Remember the Central Park Five? If not, let me refresh your memory. On April 19, 1989, a female jogger who happened to be white was brutally raped in Central Park. The attack was so violent that the women ended up in a coma for 12 days. Following the assault, five young males, four African American and one Hispanic, were accused of the crime. However, although all boys were acquitted, Donald Trump insisted that the boys admitted their guilt. Unsatisfied with the acquittals, Trump purchased full page ads in numerous New York City newspapers that read, “Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!” He was even quoted in a 1989 Larry King interview staying, “Maybe hate is what we need” in regards to bringing these boys to justice. Keeping this in mind, I’d have to say that my theory for Donald Trump’s gleeful approval of Kanye West’s visit was to make him a spectacle. As Kanye spewed obscenities in the oval office and ruining his own credibility, Trump made no attempt to reel him in even in the most professional way. All Trump did was sit back, nod and watch Kanye self-destruct while he smiled with content.

That’s enough of my stream of consciousness for now but I’ll leave you with something to think about.

Do you believe Donald Trump is using a clearly unstable Kanye West as a pawn in his sadistic game?

Is he doing this to appeal to his supporters, the alt-right, to support their sentiment that ethnic minorities are as crazy as he insinuated they were in 1989? Should we feel bad for Kanye West? Let me know how you feel in the comments.

 

Think beyond what you hear,

Kishale