These are the kinds of conversation Kanye West is starting, and they’re not the kind Democrats want to hear.
Since the rapper/entrepreneur kicked up a hornet’s nest with unorthodox comments about slavery this week — and riled the liberal establishment even before that — he’s given black Americans a chance to look at the Democrat Party in a way conservatives have been pushing for decades.
And they might not like what they see.
In an interview with the celebrity gossip site TMZ, former Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh brought out the essential truth that has to be roiling the Democrat power structure.
“One thing about what Kanye said, his choice of words was really bad. But I understand where he was coming from,” said Sensabaugh.
“His whole thing is that we’re choosing to be enslaved by choosing to listen to the media outlets. We’re letting people influence our thoughts, influence the way we do things, and I think that’s what he meant.”
That’s a dangerous message for a Democrat political party that has built its power on identity-politics voting blocs. Because if a substantial number of black voters start seriously questioning their normally monolithic allegiance to Democrats, American politics are going to undergo a seismic shift.
West’s latest headline grab came Tuesday, when he said in an interview at TMZ’s office in Los Angeles that for blacks to endure centuries of slavery involved a certain element of “choice.”
He later backpedaled with a series of Twitter posts to explain that he was trying to say that social conditioning had “mentally enslaved” blacks during the slavery era.
A different kind of social conditioning — the kind Democrats have employed among American blacks since the 1960s — is keeping black voters bound to the Democrats today.
That’s heresy to liberals, but for Sensabaugh anyway, it sounds like it makes sense.
Check it out here:
“We should be able to express how we feel about issues without everybody getting so easily offended,” Sensabaugh said. “With the president we have now, he is going to keep doing things that’s probably going to offend people, but I don’t think he means any harm against the country.”
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, but Republicans don’t need that.
The only thing Republicans, President Donald Trump and the whole country need is for black voters to at least be open to the idea that their blind allegiance to Democrats hasn’t paid off for them.
With Trump’s economic policies helping black employment — the lowest now than any point since it’s been recorded — even black Americans with Democrat blinders on should be able to see there’s a chance to do better. And the race baiters in the Democrat Party won’t have an answer that makes sense.
As Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an April 26 interview:
“Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country. OK? He sees Hispanic unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country. He sees, by the way, female unemployment, women, unemployment, the lowest it’s been in now, almost 19 years. He sees that stuff, and he’s smart. He says, ‘You know what? Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did.'”
That’s the argument conservatives need to win American voters — black, white, Hispanic or Asian.
That’s the ground Republican candidates need to fight on, not getting bogged down in useless Democrat distractions like “Russian collusion,” or whatever special counsel Robert Mueller might be leaking today, or anti-Trump fantasies a loud-mouthed porn star might be cooking up.
If West’s controversial comments can open the minds of liberal voters — black or white — about the degree the Democrat Party had disserved them, he’ll have done a yeoman’s job toward helping Republicans with the midterm elections, and Trump’s re-election in 2020.
Sensabaugh’s interview with TMZ sounds like that conversation might be starting, and it’s definitely not the kind Democrats want to hear.
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