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Exactly What Happened With Kanye West's Social Consciousness?

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By Ben Robinson III

There's an ongoing joke that's been circulating for a few years in regard to Kanye West where people state, very simply, "I miss the old Kanye". True, it does bring sadness when we think about how much West has changed in the past few years. The man, who is clearly a musical genius, has left his fans and followers stunned by his allegiances and political statements over the past few years. Especially considering how one of the most controversial statements of the early twenty-first century came directly from his mouth.

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The statement resonated with many people, especially those within the African American community, who believed West was speaking the truth about the aftermath of 2005's deadly Hurricane Katrina. So the question now remains; How is it that, a little over a decade later, West is blatantly throwing his support behind someone who continuously polarizes American citizens? And that polarizing figure is none other than the current dude in the White House, Donald Trump. West's support of Trump's campaign caused many of his fans to wonder exactly what was going on.

Their alliance caused backlash, as people could not believe that an African American man was supporting someone like Trump who brought much division to the political race. Now years later, after West has admittedly battled mental health problems publicly, he is commenting on his support of Donald Trump. Fox News reports that in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal West began to touch upon assumptions people have about his political affiliation based primarily on his race and how it affected him.

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“I’m a black guy with a red [MAGA] hat, can you imagine? ...It reminded me of how I felt as a black guy before I was famous, when I would walk in a restaurant and people would look at you like you were going to steal something. ‘This is your place, Ye, don’t talk about apparel. This is your place, Ye, you’re black, so you’re a Democrat,'" he told the magazine.

West went on to continue with his thoughts, at one point relaying to the WSJ that he lacks fear and abhors using the word 'ambitious' when describing himself.

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He also went on to talk about a few of the* isms* he's encountered.

"Classism, protectionism -- not just racism,” he added. “Classism is like living on a bookshelf. The more money you have, the higher you go. And you get to the top and look over and what do you see? Fear.”

And if you're wondering if West voted for Trump back in 2016 he revealed that he did not. Because, honestly, he didn't vote at all. However, had he been registered at the time he claims that Trump would have received his support.

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