This pledge of allegiance is worth kneeling for.
Seemingly in a lost scene somewhere from the cutting room floor during the post-production of “Get Out,” Kanye West tweeted out his support for a new book written by none other than Candace Owens and purportedly about helping Black people leave the so-called “Democrat plantation” — an effort that has already backfired miserably.
It was at once both the confirmation that Kanye is still a firm fixture within the sunken place, as well as an apparent indication that he and Owens are on good terms. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that she — a renowned con artist — was forced to publicly apologize to Kanye for using his name without his permission to spread her futile message of “Blexit,” the so-called “Black exit from the Democratic Party” that is also a slogan she stole from a Black banking movement.
Owens in 2018 credited Kanye with designing her “Blexit” merchandise before lying in her disingenuous apology and saying that she never lied.
“If I had to imagine what it would feel like to have a bullet pierce my heart, it would be exactly like the moment I learned Kanye told the world he felt I had used him,” her fake apology began. “I never once said that Kanye designed the t-shirts for BLEXIT…I would like to publicly apologize to him for any undue stress or pain the effort to correct that rumor has caused him, his business relationships, or his family. He simply never designed them.”
Nevermind the fact that it was only days earlier when she told Page Six, “Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West.”
Speaking of Blexit, to say that it has been unsuccessful would be too kind a term. In its approximately two years of sunken existence, there are arguably more Black Democrats than ever along with a “blue wave” of Black Democratic candidates being elected to major State and national public offices.
In fact, Black voters were supporting Joe Biden in record numbers heading into the Democratic National Convention, according to a CBS News poll. Ninety percent of Black voters identified themselves as being pro-Biden versus 6 percent of Black voters supporting Trump, the poll’s results showed. CBS News reporter Bo Erickson tweeted Sunday that the 90 percent figure “is higher than the 72% percent of Black voters backing Hillary Clinton heading into her nominating convention in 2016.”
Considering that Owens told Fox News in 2018 that “Blexit is the black exit from the Democratic Party,” it would seem that her so-called movement has failed miserably, to put it mildly.
Still, she’s trying to squeeze the last drop of her relevance out of the whole Blexit thing with her book about “how Black America can make its second escape from the Democrat plantation,” with those last two words being a variation of a term Black conservatives — who have increasingly begin to denounce Owens — have embraced in recent years.
It’s also a term that the Washington Post once described as “shallow and ahistorical” and one that “distorts the current state of the relationship between Democrats and African American voters, and deprives the latter of agency, in part because of a failure to adequately understand the historical comparison that this rhetoric purports to make.”
Which, of course, makes it only right that Candace Owens — like she did with Blexit — would incorrectly co-opt it, too.