Kanye West embracing the ideas of Donald Trump and furthering the notion that slavery was a choice is a symptom of his conflict with being a famous black man and what that represents, suggests Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic. West wants to be a free-thinker, free of the pressure of fame. When he first embraced Trump, he hadn’t heard of the travel ban. He does so, ignoring the police violence, discrimination, denial of science and support of torture that our president supports. West spreads lies about slavery because that is convenient to him. In furthering racist ideas, he ignores the sad reality to create one that makes him comfortable.
Ta-Nehisi Coates unfairly makes Kanye West the flag bearer of everything black and robs him of the ability to represent his own thoughts, infers David Marcus of The Federalist. Coates makes the assumption that West is trying to escape his blackness and embrace whiteness, like Michael Jackson apparently did. The desire to see everything along the lines of black and white is wrong. Those two men weren’t escaping their heritage; they expressed themselves how they wanted to. West isn’t betraying black America. He is verbalizing his thoughts and feelings, which is his right. Still, he is targeted because he goes against certain left-wing beliefs.