THE VITRIOL TOWARDS OWENS AND WEST MERELY SERVES TO PROVE THEIR POINT
“I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”
And with those seven words, rap icon Kanye West lit the Internet on fire over the weekend.
If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Owens, she is a conservative black woman who is the communications director for the right-wing activist group Turning Point USA.
Notice I said right-wing and not “far-right.” Somehow, those two get conflated quite a bit these days.
Anyway, the Tweet by Kanye West was apparently sent after he watched Ms. Owens decry the victimhood mentality in the black community in response to a Black Lives Matter protest at one of her speaking events.
Immediately after sending the Tweet, West was decried by the left as losing his mind or being “sad.”
Owens was thrilled, explaining that West has always been her hero for standing up to the forces of political correctness.
Meanwhile, the online social justice warriors kept digging in their heels and smashing both West and Owens.
For her part, Owens refused to back down, which makes sense, because she has no vested interest in caving to that crowd.
But with West, this was the part of the program where you would normally see some sort of backtrack or apology.
Except thats not what happened at all.
Instead, West doubled down, saying that the thought police do not own him and decrying a society that is hostile to those whose who are free thinkers.
In a sense, that has always been the beauty of Kanye West. He has been saying controversial things for years but never seems to care about the backlash. The rap star has enough money and fame that he feels he is untouchable, and in reality, he is probably right.
As far as Owens goes, some have accused her of being over the top on purpose so as to draw attention, and perhaps there is something to that. But her general point is one that clearly does not sit well with those who control the culture and whether or not she is intentionally poking the bear, she clearly seems unconcerned about potential consequences.
The social media mob, loud protesters, and media publications who decry the point of view expressed by Owens and West merely by calling them names and showing outrage that they would have the temerity to say what they said publicly, sort of makes the duo’s entire point for them.
Owens says he black community thinks as a monolith and she is all about exposing them to different ideas and smashing said monolith. West says he is about conveying his true thoughts whether or not they are popular, and is not concerned with those who do not like what he has to say.
Both are going against the grain — especially when it comes to those of their own race, but for West, even those in his industry — and seem willing to deal with whatever the fallout is if it means finding a way to shift the Overton window range of acceptable discussion about particular issues.
This is what the entertainment industry and academia were supposed to be about — intellectual diversity and a wide variety of ideas — but instead, they have both become bastions of conformity and groupthink.
And groupthink by race is just as prevalent.
There are some views in America that black people simply are not allowed to hold without being ostracized by their community.
I can relate. As a Pakistani Jewish man who considers himself right of center, I break several racial and cultural orthodoxes myself.
So I will always have a soft spot for others who do the same.
Owens and West are attempting to broaden a discussion that was intended by many to never even be allowed to be talked about at all.
Agree or disagree with what they say, their resolve in saying it and attempting to persuade others in the face of such resistance is very much admirable.