Because this just makes no sense to me. Am I really that dense or thick-headed? Am I really the issue here? Am I really just in my own way? What is it that I am not getting?
Candace Owens, Kanye West’s favorite free thinker, is a communication director of the nonprofit conservative think tank for students called Turning Point USA. She estimates that my problem may be mired in this victim mentality — focusing too much on slavery and its controversial past.
“It’s embarrassing. You’re not living through anything right now. You’re overly privileged Americans.”
Freethinking is absolutely free from the constraints of truths, ethics and morality.
But that would mean that the millions of Americans that share the African American or Black identity have learned to perceive an experience that is conjecturable and fictitious. This goes against normative basic human development and is in opposition to what we actually do which is we perceive to learn which is the key to obtaining knowledge. That knowledge is sought in order to adapt as a survival trait. The African American or Black experience is in essence an adaptation to the environment and socially our adaptation to social constructs.
At a basic level we tend to respond differently to people that we perceive favorably as opposed to those we perceive unfavorably. One might say this is selective and it is. As a minority you may not want to be around those who perceive you as inferior and have learned ways to oppress you in ways that advantage their in-group status. When our selection improves our survivability rate we find salience. The more stimulating to the senses in terms of meeting our needs and interests, the more salient the affect. This is probably why Ms. Owens tweeted from what she perceives as the winning side that …
“They’re a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention.”
The validity of this shared perception of whiteness as a callous social construct is due to its antithetical expression of or towards humanity or humanness. This not only has a historical basis of proof, it is observably abhorrent in schemata. There is nothing imagined here. The historical record does show that laws were created and then amended to correct aspects of a wayward cannibalistic social construct provided for in the constitution.
However, human suffering is quite detectable, not only is it seen, it is heard, as well as felt through our interconnectedness. Attempts at severing those human connections are systematic, institutional, and thoughtlessly egocentric. Enter stage right: Kanye West.
“It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist.’ Well if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago,” West said in the speech, which started after the cameras had stopped, and went viral after it was shared by comedian Chris Rock. “We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies.”
Trump later praised West’s speech, tweeting that the rapper is “leading the charge.”
There is nothing profound about Kanye’s statements. If anything his statements represent a profundity of bullshit. What we are witnessing, particularly in African Americans or Blacks who present themselves with the racial etiquette that supports white supremacy is a phenomena known as deindividuation. It is a populist mindset that can best be described as “unanimous, emotional, and intellectually weak”, as Gustave Le Bon put it in his seminal work on crowd psychology in the 1895 book called The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind.
“an individual immersed for some length of time in a crowd soon finds himself — either in consequence of magnetic influence given out by the crowd or from some other cause of which we are ignorant — in a special state, which much resembles the state of fascination in which the hypnotized individual finds himself in the hands of the hypnotizer.”
Candace Owens too, has also exhibited this form of deindividuation amongst the white collective who pay her and who is seen as protecting their interests. When the opportunist in Owens suggested that the NRA was a civil rights organization I was not only taken aback by the audacity but the insensitivity of such absurdly inane reasoning as reported in the Washington Post by Eugene Scott.
After the National Rifle Association was criticized over how it treats black gun owners compared with white ones, Owens defended the group, which helps sponsor Turning Point events. She said: “The NRA is the oldest civil rights organization in the country. In the 1960s, they helped to train black Americans to use guns to defend themselves against the Ku Klux Klan, a Democrat terrorist group.”
It would be a travesty to think that Owens and West’s thinking is actual thinking. This is why I commit myself to writing on medium. It is somewhat reassuring that there are actual thinkers out there who might be wondering whether something might be wrong with them too given the rise and influence of the right wing mob and its deleterious yet self-abasing effects.