On this week’s Uncensored Truth Podcast host O’God and Sam Ant really gave great insight. Kanye West and President Donald Trump met in the White House this week. This was a very interesting meeting. West had much to talk about.
What prompted the visit by Kanye West and President Donald Trump?
This is not the first meeting Kanye West had with President Trump but it was probably the most controversial. Apparently the meeting was to start a dialogue on how President Trump could best serve the African American community. West and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown were invited to discuss issues in African American community. However, that agenda appeared to get lost in the translation, especially because the media put a horrible spin on West conversation with Trump.
Let’s keep in mind that there were no cameras allowed at the lunch. Obviously, the press was allowed in the Oval office and for about 10 minutes West captured the attention of Trump and the media.
If you saw highlights from the meeting you could be fooled into believing that West was cooning. But if you saw the entire interview you would see that West discussed issues with Trump that no other African American has done so far.
As is custom during business meetings Trump had an outline of what was to be discussed:
The discussion will be centered on President Trump historic work to benefit all Americans such as urban revitalization, the creation of Opportunity Zones, new workforce training programs, record highs in African American employment, the creation of manufacturing jobs, ideas from his meeting with African American pastors, potential future clemencies, and addressing the massive violent crime surge in Chicago, according to CNN News.”
With that being said, it sounds like West addressed some of the issues stated in Trump’s outline. West talked about his hometown Chicago issues with crime, poverty and joblessness. He also talked about commuting convicted murderer Larry Hoover. West wanted Trump not to promote the controversial Stop and Frisk policy. He talked about the 13th Amendment reform.
Who is Larry Hoover?
One of the greatest issues we face in American is mass incarceration. Larry Hoover is one of many who are in prison for consecutive life sentences. However, in the case of Hoover, West made a great analogy. Should Hoover sentence be commuted?
Hoover was the leader of a Chicago gang by the name Supreme Gangsters, which merged with a rival gang to become Black Gangster Disciple Nation. In 1973, Hoover was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison for killing a drug dealer, Williams Young. Young was murdered on February 26, 1973. Hoover and his accomplice, Andrew Howard were charged with the murder. Hoover was sent to the maximum – security Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.
While in prison Hoover became a positive influence on other inmates and the warden recognized him as a advocate for change inside the prison system. Also, Hoover was able to inspire his outside followers to stop the violence and instead promote education. Hoover encouraged members of the Disciples to go to school, pick up a trade and become a model citizen in the community. The gang which was once known for selling drugs and promoting crime is now known as Growth and Development opposed to Gangster Disciple.
Growth and Development created non profit organizations that register voters, music label that helps needy children, a series of peaceful protest to fight the closing of public programs, and even a clothing line.
With all the positive that Hoover has been part of throughout the years there is still some controversy associated about his gang affiliation. Some believe it is all just a front for ill gotten gains, according to Biography website. However, West seems to believe in Hoover enough to mention him during the interview with Trump.
What is the 13th Amendment?
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction,”followed by a second sentence giving Congress the power to enforce the amendment.”
At first, West thought the 13th Amendment should be abolished. However, he admitted that he misspoke, he wants reform of the Amendment. West said a mouthful in just a few minutes. I am sure there was much more discussed during the private lunch.
Why so much backlash about West conversation with Trump?
On the other side of the coin, other celebrities totally disagreed with West meeting with Trump. There was such a backlash about the meeting. In all the hoopla people did not even mention Jim Brown. Instead the media and some celebrities went off on West. Newscaster Don Lemon,Tip Harris better known as T.I. completely disassociated himself from West. Here are some of Lemons comments:
“That was hard to watch, “This was a man who needs help. He needs help. I’ve said it before. President Trump is exploiting Kanye, using him to try to reach black voters.”
T.I’s comments were very lengthy:
“Now I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point not to jump to any premature conclusions about Ye’& his antics… Partially due to the lesson learned from the outcome of other similar situations dealing wit my brother Wayne (which I admittedly mishandled a bit in hindsight) But now this sh*t is next level, futuristic Sambo, Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django a** sh*t Ye!!! From what I can gather…This is the most repulsive, disgraceful,
Embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen. Now I recall you asking me to come with you to have this meeting and I declined (naturally)…but bro…if ain’t time I would’ve been in there wit you and you behaved that spinelessly in my presence, I feel that I’d be compelled to slap de’Fuq outta you bro For the People!!!You a** kissing and boot licking on a whole new level & I refuse to associate myself with something so vile, weak, & inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good of ALL OUR PEOPLE!!! I’m a true believer in “It ain’t what you do, it how you do it.” And this sh*t is regurgitation!! At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you…now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you.”
Of course, we are all entitled to our opinion. However, as I pointed out earlier West may have an unorthodox way of getting his point across but he went. He was sitting in the company of the President of the United States. I’ll be the first to admit it was a bit much for West to wear his MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat, and West was certainly over the top when he kissed and hugged Trump. But you can’t deny West made headline news, once again.
I don’t see many other celebrities coming to help in our communities. Of course, I am not a Trump supported but someone has to be willing to open up a dialogue with this administration. West and Brown did not miss the opportunity to do so.
Perhaps, West thought he could make a difference with having this conversation with Trump. Who knows what his motives really were. Something brother Khonsu and the host of Uncensored Truth pointed out and I agree with, West is a rapper, we should not expect him to be the catalyst for change in our community.
We should be looking to those who are already in the trenches fighting on a day to day in our inner cities. Support our educators, and others who do the work on a regular. Of course, I am paraphrasing, but you get the just of what I’m saying. We should empower our own communities opposed to looking to celebrities to come to the rescue.
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