Written by Michael “Vass” Vasquez on Facebook on October 12, 2018. The comments are personal, and do not necessarily reflect M V Consulting, Inc or its divisions.
So, sadly I feel a need to address Jim Brown and Kanye West and his visit to the White House. Actually, since Jim Brown seems to be oddly invisible to most media and criticism, I will speak about Kanye.
I’ve seen many comments about how some are upset and sad, both for what Kanye said and that he said it in favor of a political Party that media don’t approve of. Many are the same people who were happy and proud when the very same Kanye made an individual choice and spoke out against President Bush.
First, I personally hold little value in the opinion of entertainers when it comes to politics (or actually just about anything). Whether they like or dislike my opinion or my political positions, few have spent as much time and effort as average Americans on political issues – so when they suddenly pop up and almost invariably spout bullet points, they don’t move me. Life is not a movie or a concert, momentary emotion does not guide my politics.
Second, why is this 1 Black man (Kanye, not Jim Brown that no one will discuss) so dangerous? He must be dangerous considering the amount of vitriol, energy, and news media attention he is getting. Kanye expressed an opinion, his own, and nothing more. So why does news media like Don Lemon and his pundits personally attack Kanye?
Third, shouldn’t we all be concerned and curious the WAY that Kanye is being attacked. Think about it. Specifically Black newscasters and Black pundits, many who have never been on major news outlets before, and likely never again, are on the attack. Making statements that, in the current hyper-racial environment, no non-Black would dare make without losing their jobs and having public hate directed at them. Vicious words, barely hiding the obvious racial slur they hint and dance around. Because 1 Black man gave his opinion.
So would Malcolm X be a sad Black man, like Kanye West (or Jim Brown who visited Pres. Trump too)? Malcom X was not a Democrat, then or now. He believed in God. He believed and exercised his 2nd Amendment Right. He hated Government, and praised individual effort. He was outspoken, and many found him to be outrageously and rudely outspoken for the time. Is he sad just because he would not accept the idea that people are locked into political Parties and beliefs because someone else made the decision for them.
If Don Lemon were alive and on TV in the time of Malcom X – which would not have happened – would he have called Malcom X a ‘sad negro that doesn’t read’? Would you have cheered on and/or supported Lemon for saying this? Would you support putting ‘sad negroes’ in their place and reminding them how they should act on politics?
1 Black man spoke his mind and is being attacked for it by the media, with vile angry words, insisting that good negroes behave as they are expected and told.
Am I upset about 1 entertainer having an opinion? No. I’m concerned and angry about those that would viciously attack the entertainer for having an opinion. Especially in 2018. Aren’t you?