It’s unfortunate that we live in a society with so many obvious double standards that white people refuse to acknowledge, and some black folks continuously deny. Lately, Kanye has been in the news for throwing his support behind Trump, and for not restricting his genius to music, while at the same time, offering opinions on subjects that he’s obviously completely ignorant to. Is Kanye to blame for understanding that his genius as an artist has no boundaries within the realms of society? I Would say “no.” I would not blame him completely, because society tends to create egomaniac monsters like Kanye. We even elected a pathological lying egomaniac and narcissistic asshole as president. Well, not black people necessarily, but America, for the most part. How did we come to the point where we believed that Trump had enough talent to run a country? Well, because he faked his genius in other ways, and succeeded at some of it. To this day, no one has been able to confirm Trump is actually a billionaire. He managed to make the Forbes’ list of billionaires when he was only worth 5 million dollars. He conned his way into the heart of America, and a lot of people bought it. Trump is the epitome of “fake it until you make it.” In the case of Kanye, it only took one album for his ego to balloon to the sky. He was that breath of fresh air that everyone was waiting for in Hip Hop, and we solidified his genius by supporting his ego very early on in his career. Rapping with his mouth wired shut, while in a hospital bed was genius. No one had been so up front and real about a life situation before. His antics, though, went from extreme to overly extreme. When Kanye told the world that president Bush didn’t care about black people, he instantly became a self-righteous independent thinker and cult hero. No one dared stand on television to talk to a president like that in the past. Kanye broke grounds and we loved him for it. His popular hit “Gold digger” resonated with many men, but he managed to swoop his way through the hearts of black women as well, by simply adding a one-liner talking about a brother who has made it, only to leave a sister for a white girl. That song was almost self-inflicted, and therapeutic for a man who didn’t know how to handle his public genius persona. Well, we can call Kanye whatever we want, but we helped make him who he is today. All his super fans who didn’t restrict his genius to music, are responsible for the egomaniac monster he has become. Kanye was given a platform beyond music, and along the way, his ego jumped out and politic became his aspiration, among other things. This is a guy who priced his t-shirt at over $100.00. A plain white t-shirt. People went out and bought it, which solidified his overgrown ego. As for slavery being a choice, as he thought he eloquently stated, don’t be too quick to get mad at him. In greater context, Kanye may actually have a point. I’m not here to advocate for Kanye or to agree with him wholeheartedly, but I’m sure he might’ve read about the Haitian revolution, which might’ve inspired his statement. The Haitians didn’t wait for the white man to decide when slavery was going to be over. They made the choice of “liberty or death.” You don’t have to agree, but we all have the choice to live in bondage or die as free men. Perhaps Kanye could’ve made his point without wearing a “MAGA” hat a couple of days prior, and after showering Trump with public affection, love and support. Delusional Trump is now crediting Kanye for a fictitions spike in support from the Black community. The ego is a hell of a drug!
Having said all that, let’s not forget we made a relationship expert out of Steve Harvey, just because of his ability to make us laugh. His genius was not restricted to comedy either. Never mind the history of his failed marriages, the mistreatment of his kids’ mother, and the history of his current wife having had children for 2 family members, whereas the children can be related in more ways than one(cousins, brothers or what have you), we still gave Steve Harvey the ability to exploit the black community financially and intellectually, by supporting his opinion on relationships, and making him a spokesperson for how black relationships should be. So many women wanted to practice his 90-day rule, and so many of them bought his book. It was as if fictitious Jesus himself came down to school these black women on relationships. Do you still wanna blame Kanye for who he has become? This is exactly what we do to celebrities, especially in the black community. We allow most of them to build brands that they have no business building, just because of their celebrity. There’s no way in the world Steve Harvey should have become a best-selling author, writing opinionated books about black relationships and the proper steps to take, based on his personal failings as a husband, and the morally corrupt woman he married. We can guess that her beauty played a major role in their union. I can’t blame her for having enough game to get her a trick. It’s difficult to avoid the fact that Steve Harvey’s wife has children by 2 drug dealing cousins, and we made this guy the relationship guru of the black community? Remember not too long ago, Steve Harvey was standing with Trump as well. Black people make these men, and then they want to turn around and be mad at them for being themselves. We have to stop creating these monsters, because fame and money tend to have an adverse affect on black men. Too often they become delusional, and don’t know how to stay in their lane. For years, no one really gave a damn that R. Kelly was going around urinating on little girls. The support for his music never waned. He became untouchable and invincible, as more pubescent girls fell victim to his sexual deviant behavior. We should’ve stopped him at Aaliyah, but we didn’t, so this man developed delusions of grandeur to the point where his pedophilia got out of control. We, as a community, must stop building these celebrities up to the point where they start to believe your love for them makes them indestructible. We are, in essence, creating these delusional monsters, and we must accept the responsibility for the role we play in it. At the end of the day, any famous black person with money can be made a leader, even when they don’t have leadership qualities. We tag them to become the mouthpiece and the voice for our community for every situation and subject. As long as we like something about them enough that we feel warrant a leadership role, this person is often tagged our next leader. Our thirst for leadership must come to a halt, because the true leaders among us might get discouraged, because they are not given a chance to flourish.