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Kanye and Me

Kanye and Me
Kanye West arrives at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016, in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sid Dinerstein By Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:47 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

I never met Kanye West. I doubt I ever will. You would be amazed how little I know about him. I know he’s married to a Kardashian, though I don’t know which one. I know he’s a very successful musical artist, though I can’t name a single one of his songs. I know he thinks President Bush (43) “doesn't care about black people.” And I know he thinks Taylor Swift didn’t deserve every Grammy she received. I recently learned that Kanye West has 27 million social media followers. That’s a big deal. So how do I get to write an essay that puts Kanye and me on the same page?

You see, Kanye did in one week more than I could do in twenty years. In Florida Republican circles I’m known as the “outreach” guy. I have worked to bridge the gap (cavern) between the Republican Party (of Lincoln) and the solidly Democrat urban minorities. I’m a recognized Charter School Advocate. I’m the current Chairman of the Haitian Education Community Association (HECA). I’m the former eight year Chairman of the Palm Tran Advisory Board, a public transportation oversight appointed board. I have advocated for Conservative and Constitutional policies without pandering to dependency positions. I have had some success. Our County Republican Executive Committee has a sprinkling of Black, Asian and Hispanic members. I have a local presence in print and television political news stories. And yet, Candidate Donald Trump was still bogged down in single digits from the black community in the 2016 election.

I speak about leading Black Conservatives: Tim Scott, Allen West, Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, JC Watts, Star Parker, Kay James, Michael Steele, Mia Love, Niger Innis, and Diamond and Silk. Still the needle doesn’t budge. We never reach the critical mass. Once, around 2003, I spoke at a Charter School dinner attended by the staff and parents. And this is what I said: “We White Conservatives alone cannot educate your children. If the black community does not join with us in the ongoing fight for School Choice your children will continue to be left behind.” Sadly I was right then and I’m right now. Here in Palm Beach County we have 20,000 Charter School students, mostly minorities. Their families still vote for the Democrats that keep trying to close their children’s Charter Schools. We have two black people on our seven person school board. Neither fights for Charter Schools. We have one black County Commissioner. He’s a charter school board chairman; when he’s not promoting school board taxes that exclude all charter school students. The Congressional Black Caucus? 100 percent opposed to all forms of school choice. Ditto for President Obama and the NAACP.

And then along came Kanye. “I like the way Candace Owens thinks.” "I do love Donald Trump.” Kanye West freed himself and maybe millions of others. In one week black male support for President Trump doubled, from 11 percent to 22 percent. The wrath of the monolithic black dependency nation, led by Maxine Waters and Snoop Dogg, came down on Kanye. The black equivalent of a Fatwa was put on Kanye’s head as the Crips were told to hurt him. Kanye doubled down. He reminded us that President Obama couldn’t make Chicago safe in eight years. He said that he wasn’t a Democrat or a Republican. His theme: Think for yourself. He might as well have made the cross in front of a vampire. President Trump called for a “What have you got to lose?” summit. He invited Snoop Dogg. The genie is out of the bottle and it’s not going back in. All of a sudden everyone is allowed to question the Democrats’ hold on the urban communities. Homes without fathers, schools without literacy, and neighborhoods without security can be questioned, debated and, one day, reformed.

So for those of you who have a closer relationship with Kanye West than I do, here’s a summit agenda he may want to take to the White House:

1. Trump Scholarships for hard working serious students, to use at the school of their choice;

2. Concealed Carry permits for law abiding citizens in high crime inner cities;

3. Bring Rand Paul’s Prison sentencing reform work to a successful conclusion;

4. Keep illegal immigrants from taking black jobs;

5. Reward responsible fatherhood.

It’s a win-win-win. Blacks get a better life. Republicans win more elections. And Democrats get to remake their party. Thanks, Kanye.

Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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I never met Kanye West. I doubt I ever will. You would be amazed how little I know about him.
kanye west, trump, charter schools
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:47 AM
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