‘Ye We Can’
Meditating on ‘monolithic mind control’, groupthink, the culture wars and Kanye.
Who clobbered Kanye with that white privilege club? The extra-sassy spitter/fashion disruptor/pop metaphysician/Kardashian arm candy hitman sent shock waves through the Twittersphere this week when he proclaimed himself definitively off the progressive #Resistance choo-choo train and a legit fan of the leader of the free world. This came in the wake of his spontaneous endorsement of brainy bombshell babe and champion of laissez-faire capitalism, Candace Owens, who relentlessly disses and hisses at the black victimhood mythology. Both Kanye and Candace have apparently crossed some wicked rubicon into a Twilight Zone of rational, non-conformist thought. The sheep are probably wondering how to start their day without instructions from Don Lemon, Dazed Digital and The New York Times.
In fact, Dazed Digital — a progressive, offbeat news portal that VIVISXN usually admires — penned this scathing put-down, arguing: “Trump is a reality TV star turned president, a pathological liar who has somehow legitimized the concept of ‘fake news’ in order to discredit a litany of allegations against him, a person who openly shows little regard for minorities…West is a musical genius who has found himself at the center of a family who created a whole new rulebook for consuming and understanding celebrity culture – and distorted reality as we know it…Trump is a highly dangerous racist who should be challenged and brought down at every opportunity.”
Please. It’s actually a welcome relief to see, at last, some small resistance against the Stasi ‘thought mob’ who have turned American discourse into a goofball gush of virtue signalling and safe space demagoguery — though it is just one aspect of the tripartite hysteria that also includes the ‘Russian cabal’ propagandists and the indiscriminate crusade against “dudes of white privilege and power.” This flapdoodle has been going on long enough, while the country hurtles heedlessly into a longue durée emergency of economic disarray and cultural close quarters combat. No wonder Ye just dropped “scoop ditty poop poop ditty scoop poop” yesterday — a tongue-in-cheek track mocking the mainstream media’s constant histrionics. Another number, ‘Ye vs the people‘, attempts to tear down black stereotypes: “See that’s the problem with this damn nation / All Blacks gotta be Democrats, man, we ain’t made it off the plantation.”
Next in line after Kanye and Candace, Twitter critter Chance the Rapper endorsed Kanye endorsing Candace endorsing free minds/critical thinking, more or less, by tweeting “black people don’t have to be Democrats.” Duh. The kerfuffles this verse triggered, oh my! Slavery and oppression, these days, it turns out, have a lot of appeal — maybe not so much for toiling in the cotton fields under the scorching sun as for serving juleps in the DNC plantation house. It happened that Kanye’s mom was a university professor, Chance’s dad was an aide to Chicago Mayor Daley, and later worked in President Obama’s Department of Labor. Candace describes her childhood home in Stamford, CT, as “pretty poor,” but she rose far-and-fast out of college to become a mover and shaker on Wall Street in her twenties. What they seem to have in common is being tainted with bourgeois values — yikes, how horrible!
In speaking up against the Victim Cartel, these rogues threaten a solidarity of narrative: that the USA (perhaps all of Western Civ) is composed of identity victims and identity oppressors. Candace, being a more conventional polemicist (i.e. not a rapper) makes the point overtly and repeatedly in her writing that all the “help” and solicitude black Americans have gotten from their overseers on the Democratic Party plantation has only made life worse for them — especially policies based on the idea that black people need lots of assistance (i.e. a welfare state) to overcome structural racism and the legacies of slavery. She exposes the fallacy of racial oppression and ‘false consciousness’ — and consequently the progressives are imploding.
Luckily for the rest of us, the DNC has decided to put its mojo behind a lawsuit against Russia and Wikileaks for spoiling the 2016 election. It’s an amazing exercise in lunacy — like, who, exactly, in Russia do the Dems expect to subpoena for this epic showdown in court? If the suit finds a sympathetic judge who does not laugh it off — not so difficult these days — we’ll be treated to a fabulous Chinese fire drill in a three-ring circus of clowns running around in DNC dirty laundry. The party may not survive the litigation. They’ve Whigged themselves into a final, fatal apoplexy of irrelevance.
We dunno about the perpetually scowling Kanye, with his episodic mood swings and spotlight-stealing antics on stage (his detractors now argue he has gone batshit skitzo), or Chance the Rapper’s artificial hood raptures, but Candace makes the powerful argument for the value of a rational culture that might bind us together as a nation of individuals, not hostile tribal postmodern savages, starting with a language that everybody can comprehend. It is a great thing that Ye railed against being “enslaved by monolithic thought.” Maybe this is the first stirrings of a new cultural revolution in favor of rational thought(?).
Of course, the whole Kanye-Candace dust-up may be swept under the rug by the middle of next week, and the country can go back to stoking itself into either a racially-driven, identity politics civil war or world war three. Candace seems to have intelligence, integrity and bucket loads of media savvy; she’s definitely not going to cave in to the CNN-MSNBC-BBC blatherskites. We sorta love that Ye is boldly sporting MAGA caps and that Trump-beasts are wearing Yeezy gear (what an ironic brainfuck). This ‘Dragon Energy’ thing might be durable after all.
Images Kanye West + Wikimedia Commons
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