Lil’s Wayne’s recent endorsement of President Donald Trump signals fractures in Cancel America’s hold on black America. After a meeting with Trump, the rapper praised the administration’s work on criminal justice reform and the campaign’s “Platinum Plan” to help the black community.
But, publicly breaking with Cancel America has dire consequences, perhaps more so for those who refuse to fall in line with left’s narrative on race. After all, Joe Biden said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Beyond Biden’s statement being racist at is core, the sentiment underscores Cancel America’s insistence that American politics align with identity politics. As Lil’ Wayne is finding out, his comments are “baseless” and he’s not a “voice of reason” and therefore his political opinions are to be cancelled.
Other hip-hop artists have also felt Cancel America’s wrath for getting too close to Trump. Rapper 50 Cent slammed Joe Biden’s tax plan and implored his Instagram followers to “VOTE ForTRUMP (sic)” before appearing walk back the endorsement after ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler “had to remind him that he was a black person.”
Likewise, Ice Cube has been forced to defend working with Trump on his “Contract with Black America” reform plan. Now, the policies proposed by Ice Cube’s Contract are by no means conservative—he calls for mandatory investment allocations based on race and the elimination of qualified immunity for police. However, Ice Cube said the Biden campaign put off discussions of his plan until after the election while Trump’s team was willing to meet and use his plan to update the “Platinum Plan.” Also, Ice Cube declined an invitation to participate in an online “rally call” with Kamala Harris, saying that such an exercise wouldn’t be “productive.”
Setting the politics aside, Ice Cube and Lil’ Wayne appear genuine in their desire to create opportunity for black America. In the same manner, 50 Cent also clearly recognizes the burden high taxes place on all American families, regardless of race. But, Cancel America’s political goals depend on racial divisions that also reflect socio-economics. For example, those slamming Kim Kardashian-West for going on vacation are the same people who want her cancelled for working with President Trump on criminal justice reform.
The Cancel America movement and Black Lives Matter can’t afford to allow black voices to unravel the left’s narrative on race and show another way—a way that believes America is Good because of the opportunities for all to succeed no matter their race.