By Onan Coca
Before we get started let me admit that Jason Whitlock is one of my favorite sportswriters working today.
The man is a genius – he is insightful, he is thoughtful, he is a wonderful writer, and he’s ALWAYS willing to rock the boat. Whether speaking about sports, culture, or from time to time, politics…
Whitlock somehow always seems to incite controversy.
He recently appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson show to expound on a recent article that he wrote calling Kanye West’s Trump Tweet, “on of the best of all time.”
Whitlock pointed out that Kanye’s defection from the Democrat talking points seemed to terrify the leaders of the left.
After a nearly yearlong social-media hiatus, polarizing rap star Kanye West re-emerged onTwitter last month. On April 25 he shocked the mainstream media by expressing admiration for President Donald Trump.
“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” Mr. West tweeted. “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.”
The tweet heard round the internet pleased America’s Twitter-loving president, who promptly thanked the rapper. It had a much different effect on liberal elites. Mr. West’s tweet and his other missives supporting center-right figures like Candace Owens and Scott Adams constituted left-wing betrayal of the highest order…
Whitlock then compared liberalism to smoking cigarettes, pointing out that the politics the black community had chosen in the 60’s and 70’s seemed to be the very thing killing their community today.
Liberalism is black people’s cigarette. In the immediate aftermath of the civil-rights movement, Democrats marketed liberalism to us as fashionable, sophisticated and liberating. Today it needs a surgeon general’s warning: hazardous to your family and the values you were taught as a child….
Finally, he wondered if maybe, just maybe, African-Americans had chosen the wrong side of the political divide.
Since King’s death, liberalism has increasingly become our religion and the Democratic Party our church. The rewards for our allegiance are at best disappointing: Our families have disintegrated. Our men have been incarcerated and emasculated. Our communities have been abandoned by high achievers. And our children are confused and resentful of their elders.
In 1965, the Moynihan report sounded alarm because only 76% of black children were born to married women. By 2015, 77% of nonimmigrant black children were born to single mothers, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Major cities such as Baltimore and Detroit—run almost exclusively by black Democrats—remain crime-ridden and economically challenged, especially for black residents.
Perhaps this can be attributed to the evil work of conservative Republican politicians at the federal level. Or maybe we, African-Americans, have chosen the wrong strategy. No other ethnic group is chained to a single political ideology. Hispanics, whites and Asians actually make political parties compete for their support. Maybe Mr. West is trying to warn us of the dangers of Democratic cigarette addiction?
Read Whitlock’s entire piece at the Wall Street Journal, it’s well worth your time.
On Carlson’s show, Whitlock continued the theme he had started in his editorial, wondering how different things might be if the black community didn’t simply hand Democrats their votes election after election. What if the black community split their vote, and forced the two parties to offer real solutions the problems in the black community?
This is exactly the question that Kanye’s journey over the last month has led him to ask. It began innocently enough, with him embracing someone he saw as a free-thinker. She just happened to be a conservative black woman. Sadly, voicing support for her thought process brought the hateful left crashing down on Kanye. However, while they meant to crush his expression of support, instead they emboldened him and made him realize what was actually happening to conservative blacks all over America – they were being silenced because they held an unpopular opinion.
Instead of silencing Kanye West, the left’s outrage at his support of President Trump, not as a politician but as a human being, opened Kanye’s eyes to the ugly hatred that seethes just below the surface of liberal America.
I think Kanye was shocked by what he saw, and he decided that he wasn’t going to let the liberal haters silence him.
Which is why I agree with Jason Whitlock – Kanye West could well be the catalyst to opening the eyes of black voters all over America. His Tweet truly is “one of the best of all time.”
Watch Whitlock’s interview below:
Jason Whitlock: I think what Kanye is trying to do open black America’s mind to the fact that perhaps we have chosen a bad strategy by swallowing all of the Democratic party and liberalism whole. I say in my column in The Wall Street Journal that in the immediate aftermath of the civil rights movement in the 1960s Democrats marketed to us liberalism as the solution to all of our problems and liberalism now is like the cigarette. It’s been marketed to us the same as cigarettes — fashionable, sophisticated, it’s supposed to be liberating but I think it needs a Surgeon General’s warning, hazardous to your family and all the values you were taught as a child.
I think us as African-Americans, we have to examine why are we the only ethnic group that has gone in wholly with one political party? No one has to compete for our votes. We are chained to an ideology that just isn’t working over the last 50, 60 years. Liberalism, the swallowing of it whole. Our families have been destroyed. Our children lost and confused. Our black men incarcerated and emasculated and we’ve moved away from the traditional values that have always defined us. I think we’ve made a mistake…
And it’s being tamped down as viciously as anything I’ve ever seen. When they call in the great writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, basically I call him the overseer of black thought. Basically he is there to keep everyone in line with the groupthink that the only solution is liberalism for black America’s problems.
If that were the case our problems would be being solved much faster because 90, 95% of us are afraid to even admit that we have conservative values and we have been sold — we’ve moved away from our church. We’ve been the most religious people in America for years, hundreds of years and we’re moving more secular. We’re moving away from the church. Our religion now is liberalism and the Democratic party is our church and it’s just not working for us.
Tucker Carlson: So if Kanye West, who is not just one of those popular black Americans, but one of those popular Americans just across the board, if he doesn’t stand a chance of just raising this question because it’s a totally valid question, then who does?
Jason Whitlock: Well, actually he does stand a chance because when someone like Kanye speaks out, he creates space for others to speak out because anybody that has said — Tucker, I am a non-voter.
I don’t really like politics much at all, but if you just say I think Trump has a good idea here, you get kicked out of the black race. Kanye is saying I don’t agree with everything Trump believes in. Kanye, I’m sure, disagrees with Trump and the Republican party and conservatives on a lot of issues but he’s not willing to cast someone out of the human race just because he disagrees with him. If I cast everybody out that I disagreed with I would have no one.
Republished with permission Eagle Rising
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Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He’s also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.