Rapper Kanye West’s recent meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office elicited a strong response from Americans on the left and the right. Wearing his MAGA hat, West discussed several different issues including the 2nd Amendment, prison reform, and strange iPlanes.
While much of his speech was admittedly incoherent, West did make some astute observations about American society. But there was one remark he made that stood out, and it represents the approach conservatives should have to issues involving race.
Kanye West Calls Racism “An Invisible Wall”
During his appearance in the Oval Office, Kanye West explained how his friends would ask him why he supports a president who is supposedly as racist as a minstrel show actor. West responded in a way that would shock most progressives, and make conservatives nod their head in agreement:
“A liberal will try to control a black person through the concept of racism because they know that we are very proud emotional people,” he said. “You think racism can control me? That don’t stop me, that’s an invisible wall.”
West is right. Racism does exist and should be opposed, but what the left gets wrong about race issues is that racism is not a powerful enough factor in American society to prevent blacks from achieving the success they desire.
Sure, racism does have an impact, but it is not the invulnerable leviathan that has forced many blacks to live in poverty and crime. The majority of black Americans are not living in these conditions. If the left were right in their assessment of the power of racism, this would not be the case. The truth is that it is not racism that is keeping blacks from moving forward, it is the state.
Who Is The Real Enemy To Blacks?
While cultural issues certainly contribute to the plight of many blacks, it is important to note that the state is largely responsible for the conditions in which many blacks live. In the inner cities, Democrat leadership implemented policies that keep these individuals reliant on the government. The state is causing far more devastation to the black community than bigotry.
While racism is an “invisible wall,” the barrier that Democrats have placed between the black community and success is concrete, and immensely difficult to overcome. This is why progressives have adopted a laser-precise fixation on racism. Yes, it is true that they use the notion of bigotry to perpetuate a message of victimhood, but they also use it in other ways.
The Democrats do not want blacks and other minorities to see that progressive policies are destroying their communities. Racism has provided a valuable red herring to distract the people under their rule. By getting these Americans to focus on race, they have drawn attention away from the failure of their policies. Similar to the Wizard of Oz, the left has convinced blacks to focus on the projected hologram of racism while progressive leaders continue their machinations from behind the curtain.
Fortunately, people like Kanye West have seen through the progressive deception. Many minorities realize that the Democrats have been working an insidious con game on their communities for decades, and it has prompted them to re-evaluate their support for the party.
This reality demonstrates that the Republicans now have a rare opportunity. If they begin courting the votes of minorities, over time, they can chip away enough votes to cripple the Democrats. Despite protestations from the left of politics, there is a shift occurring. What is unclear is whether or not conservatives are ready to take advantage of it.