The United States is enjoying (if that’s the right word) the spectacle of the quirkiest, most unlikely set of presidential candidates in decades, perhaps ever. Is it any more ridiculous, then, to investigate the politics of putative 2020 election candidate Kanye West? Felix Online does it anyway:
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…Kanye’s political positions are particularly difficult to discern. It would interesting to ask how he thinks he could make America great again, and it’s likely his response would focus on the social, racial and class issues that America faces today.
Race and Class
I would once have argued that race would be Kanye’s biggest talking point – it’s a recurring theme throughout his lyrics and in his public appearances. He famously claimed live on-air, during a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005, that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Yet now he claims racism is no longer a problem in America; in his opinion, a single black president and his own personal success (and the success of his peers) prove that discrimination based on race isn’t really a thing.