Cover Photo: Rapper Kanye West hugs U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images)
[Washington, D.C.] This afternoon was a meeting luncheon that may go down in history as Donald Trump hosted Kanye West at the White House. Jim Brown tagged along and from a rare moment where White House staff allowed cameras to document the event, it also showcased a diatribe by West that even appeared to stun the usual fast-talking Trump.
In 1985 the late legendary singer Aretha Franklin came out with one of her many hits, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” After today’s luncheon Franklin’s beat came to mind and instead of zoomin’, the words were flipped to hustlin’ or “Who’s hustlin’ who”?
Trump has shown little appetite to have serious meetings with African-American policy-makers or those who are known leaders in the community. However, he has been quick to marginalize that group and instead give audience to the likes of West, who shockingly didn’t even vote in 2016, let alone for then candidate Donald Trump. Although he did clarify his statements indicating had he voted, Trump would have been his choice,
I didn’t vote in 2016 but if I did, ‘I would have voted for Trump’, Kanye West
Trump professes to be a master of the media. Indeed, he gave audience to West but like most manipulators you never fully know his motivation? Some have intimated the luncheon demonstrated his connection to the African-American community. Unfortunately, his track record proves otherwise.
Justifying their allegiance
West made many remarks during his diatribe. Highlighting his ignorance of voting, the process and the final selection; he like many who try to justify their support for the republican party make the claim “blacks are locked into voting for the democratic party.”
Perhaps in their mind it sounds cute and maybe something they truly believe?
“As a bloc, African-Americans are very sophisticated.” Mara Gay, New York Times editorial board.
The basic premise in voting is supporting the candidate or the party who supports your ideals and desires. It may be too much for West to understand or ponder over the years if the democratic party has shown more support for African-American issues than the republican party? Of course, that is not to confuse the issue that just because your vote aligns with one party does not mean all is won and you will get everything you desired? That is why most understand voting is simply one piece of the process, and one that surely does not end after the candidate who won. The other is holding those you voted for accountable. And yes, despite best intentions sometimes there is failure and disappointment. But, like any good fight, you get up and keep fighting but the principal of voting for those who support your ideals is paramount.
“many people believe that, if you’re black, you have to be a Democrat and said he was pressured not to wear his red “Make America Great Again” hat. But he said “this hat, it gives me power.” Kanye West
Now that Trump has completed his luncheon with West this may be a first step? Trump has the opportunity to get serious about African-American issues. West has the opportunity for the African-American community to better understand his sentiments but first things first, let’s make sure he is registered to vote and in fact can participate in the mid-term elections which are just weeks away.
Otherwise, the luncheon may go down in history as “Who’s hustlin’ who?”
Much has been said and written about the meeting. Just to add some levity to the issue here is SNL’s take on it.