When Chance the Rapper stated, “Black people don’t have to be Democrats”. I took this as Chance taking a swipe at Democrats and folks who vote Democrat, namely other black people. This is why he deserves as much ire as Kanye West. Chance went on to say “The next president will be independent?” How does this brother figure this? Besides the fact that the Independent party technically doesn’t have a national candidate or platform, Bernie Sanders, an Independent candidate from Vermont, slyly seeking the Democratic nomination for 2020 really doesn’t count. Can this brother or anyone else prove an Independent politician is immune to being brought by special interests? Can anyone prove that an Independent politician is immune to taking black voters for granted? Further, can anyone point to any policies an Independent politician has produced which has furthered the black community? I’ll wait.
Chance the Rapper was the benefactor of recognition from his work in Chicago by Barack Obama, the first black president who is also a Democrat. Does Chance really think Donald Trump would have recognized him for his work in Chicago? Does Chance think Bernie Sanders would have recognized him? What qualifies Chance or anyone else to look down on black people for voting Democrat? Being rich? Having a crossover white progressive fanbase with regards to his music? While I’m very thankful for many of our white progressive allies on the left I do still view many of them with suspicion because at the end of the day, the white privilege is still all theirs. So I will NEVER allow them to control the narrative by saying it’s no longer about race anymore it’s about class. It has always been about race and will continue to be all about race for many years to come.
The unlawful arrest of two black men at Starbucks in Philadelphia. The mass shooting of black/brown people at Waffle House in Nashville Tennessee by a self-identified white supremacist. The recent golfing while black and female at Grandview Golf Course. The presidential election of white mediocrity aka Donald Trump.
Here is why this proud, life-long Democrat will remain loyal to the party: The Democrats have fiercely defended these values:
1) Civil rights
2) Voting rights
3) Womens’ rights
4) LGBTQ rights
6) Black homeownership
8) My Brothers’ Keeper (a program started by Obama and ended by Trump as soon as he took office)
9) Black job creation (the decrease in black unemployment is the result of Obama’s efforts not Trump’s)
10) Black access to higher education