Chance the Rapper committed a sin: he dared speak out against the leftist thought-police, tweeting “Black people don’t have to vote democrat.” Which is true. Also, sacrilege to say. But after Chance tweeted that one succinct truism, the mob raided virtual Home Depots, clearing them of their pitchforks.
Chance has since walked back his sentiment. Sort of:
My fault yo pic.twitter.com/TIWhG8o1ST
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 27, 2018
Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about my city and my loved ones. Kanye West is not just a mentor or big homie to me. He’s my family. No matter how much I may disagree with him, it’s hard for me to watch people talk about someone I love—even if they were justified in doing so. I didn’t speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or cause I fuck with trump, I did it because I wanted to help my friend and cause I felt like I was being used to attack him. Unfortunately, my attempt to support Kanye is being used to discredit my brothers and sisters in the movement and I can’t sit by and let that happen either.
I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination. I’d never support someone who’d talk about Chicago as if it’s hell on earth and then take steps to make life harder here for the most disenfranchised among us. I understand why people are disappointed with my words, but I was raised to believe actions speak louder than words. So let my apology be seen in my future works, and let me make up for my poorly timed comments with immediate action and advocacy for those who need it most.
My statement about black folk not having to be democrats (though true) was a deflection from the real conversation and stemmed from a personal issue with the fact that Chicago has had generations of democratic officials with no investment or regard for black schools, neighborhood or black lives. But again, said that shit at the wrongest time.
We have to talk honestly about what is happening and has been happening in this country and we have to challenge those who are responsible, as well as those who are giving them a pass. If that happens to include someone I love, someone who is my brother-in-Christ and someone who I believe does really want to do what is right, it’s not my job to defend or protect him. It’s my job to pick up the phone and talk to him about it.
This is what I’d call a “mish-mash.” Sort of an apology, but sort of not. It’s a “What I said wasn’t wrong, I just said it at the ‘wrong time.'” Wrong time = I got mobbed by a cadre of Twitter bots and maybe a few of my friends. Tolerance is a moving target. The people moving the target are the same people who claim to espouse tolerance.
Chance the Rapper’s initial statement which started all this is still true. And notice he didn’t apologize for saying it:
Black people don’t have to be democrats.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
Perhaps to clear his good name with his fellow tolerant leftist, Chance is trying to worm back into their good graces. The problem is, his facts are all wrong.
You don’t have to like Trump to explore the accomplishments of his administration versus previous administrations. Black unemployment is at record lows. And it was Democrat policies many have credited for the destruction of the black family unit. Also, as Kanye pointed out, Obama didn’t do anything helpful for Chicago. In eight years. Chance is right to call out Democrats for failing in Chicago. Sometimes the truth is offensive.
Imma let Chance finish, but Steven Crowder does a perfect job of explaining how Republicans, not Democrats, have helped black Americans. Timestamped for your convenience: