KWest's two-year adventure with Donald Trump's populist Make America Great Again (Maga) movement seemed to end on Tuesday, with a brief series of tweets that distanced themselves from US politics and promised to rededicate themselves to creative endeavors. He claimed to have been "used" by others to spread messages he did not support. In one of the tweets he also implicated ultraconservative activist Candace Owens in this deception.
Owens had received a considerable increase in her profile in April, when West unexpectedly declared her admiration for her on Twitter. Those familiar with their online brand of dogmatic apologism Trump, one with a great rhetoric about the so-called "Democratic Plantation", were dismayed by West's use of its social media platform to praise someone connected with theorists of the conspiracy and apparent white nationalists like Mike Cernovich. and Milo Yiannopoulos. Even considering West Maga's antics up to that point, it seemed like an escalation.
Therefore, the news of West's latest move may be a relief for the fanatics who have passed Trump's presidency so far enraged by his descent into distressing photographic photos and incoherent pro-Trump speeches.
Even though we have not yet seen a deluge of celebrities or hip-hop notables praise this seeming reversal, long-time associate and rapper Talib Kweli extended an olive branch westward on Instagram, using the hashtag " #welcomeback "and asking him to finish working on a song about Charlottesville that they had started together.
Given the toxicity of West's association with Trump, we must be careful not to exaggerate the meaning of Tuesday's tweets. Kanye offered nothing that constituted an apology, since most of his tweets were considered selfish instead of self-conscious.
He affirmed his support for causes such as gun control and prison reform, while thanking those who supported him. Then he divorced #Blexit, the last campaign unfortunately Owens whose goal is to get black people leave the Democratic Party, on bad optics and the consequences of his name. West denies designing the Owlex Blexit merchandise logo, leaving the real designer's name respectfully anonymous while calling Owens by name.
Owens answer West's tweets the following day inadvertently revealed how open to interpretation they are. Instead of a Trump or Maga conviction, she framed her comments in the narrowest terms, limiting them specifically to the failed launch of #Blexit. She said that upon hearing that he felt cheated by her, it felt as if she had imagined that it would be a "bullet that would pierce my heart" and apologized to him for the confusion over the logo.
Both West's tweets and Owens' subsequent offer of apology to West and, for additional credit, also to Trump, smell not only for public relations purposes but also that this exchange is more personal than political.
There lies the problem of supposing that the flirtation of the West with the extreme right has really ended. A selfish and proud of it, West boasts a documented history of openness with more than a few regrettable mistakes. But your motivations here matter. Online speculation about these tweets suggests Soft sales of his last line of Yeezys. or strategic repositioning before the release in November of a new album previously hit.
Forgiving the West should not be an inevitable conclusion, at least without him doing any real work. His comments on slavery are a choice, his opportunistic meetings of smiling faces with Trump, his empowerment of people like Owens and his followers: all of this must be taken into account, not only with words but with action.
Nobody expects West to be inclined to Beto O & # 39; rourke, and frankly, few progressives would want that now. That said, its massive platform presents innumerable opportunities to do good. His recent visit to Uganda, highly publicized, was marred by his politics, but his intentions seemed positive. Charitable donations and advocacy, applying your entrepreneurial spirit to the nonprofit sector, and other similar works may exist outside the US left-right spectrum.
His promise to stay out of politics does not stop him from addressing and rectifying the madness of his far-right partisanship. An apology could be nice, too.