Kanye had been a very popular, albeit controversial hip hop artist until the day that he went to the White House and met President Donald Trump sporting the infamous MAGA hat. From that day forward, Kanye was persona non grata in the "black" community. Why? What happened? Well Kanye had committed the unpardonable sin. He thought independently and did not think and act according to the prescribed rules of "blacks," after all, the "black" community had already judged the president as a "racist," therefore no "black" could support him unless he were an "Uncle Tom," "coon" or some other epithet designed for "race" traitors.
The paragraph above is common knowledge for any "black" person who has defied the self-imposed boundaries placed on "blacks" by the "black" leaders. Rather than think independently, most simply fall in line rather than face the tumultuous fire from the "black" gestappo for not towing the "black" line on what can and cannot be said. Kanye crossed that line.
Kanye was not the first "black" to cross that line but he was the most famous as well as the richest and most popular. Candace Owens, the founder of the Blexit movement, has pushed for the wholesale exit of "blacks" from the Democratic party to enter the world of independent thought. This is a monumental undertaking because to make people stop thinking as a "black" group, you will have to first dismantle "black group thought," This is not easy for chiefly two reasons.
Reason #1 We see ourselves as "black." We have been checking the "black box" since birth. If you are "black," your birth certificate says you are and you checked the box. If you got a driver's license, it identified you as "black" and again you checked the box. When you filled out job applications, school admissions forms, voter registration forms, forms for hospital visits and pretty much anything requiring your name, you checked the box that said "black," therefore reifying your "blackness." How dare anyone say you are anything other. You've always checked the box. We know we are "black."
Reason #2 "They" see us as "black." With the help of the media, the white supremacists, the political parties and our racially socialized culture, it's not just us calling us "black," that's how "others" label us as well. Think about it. During this current election cycle, how often have you heard them talk about "the black vote."
The idea of a "black" vote is an idea that all "blacks" think alike so I can tune my campaign to their way of thinking and if I can sound "soulful" enough or even "black" enough then I can receive "the black vote." How condescending that has got to be to a person who would like to know what the politician believes about the many issues upon which they will have to make decisions. To think that "black" people aren't concerned about basic issues like lowering crime, creating jobs, having good schools for our kids and affordable housing shows what "the black box" has done to us.
I will have friends, relatives, enemies and frenemies read this post and hate its truth, but know that it is indeed that, the truth. Many will argue that they aren't in "the black box" and already think independently. That's why I kept a string of emails from 2008 when President Obama ran for office. Many of my fraternity brothers castigated me for not supporting "the black man." To them it was appalling that I would not support someone with my same skin color. Isn't that what "racists do?"