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Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and the Struggle Over Trump, Racism and America

Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Donald Trump

Rappers Kanye West and Snoop Dogg are polar opposites on Donald Trump’s racism. (Photos: Snoop, David Shankbone, Getty)

Snoop Dogg knows a racist when he sees one and Donald Trump fits the bill, along with all those others who support him, including fellow rapper Kanye West and African-Americans who have become fronts for the hard-right.

Snoop put the issue into words like only he can do, with an expletive-laden tirade that dropped the “n-word” and the “f-word” from start to finish. (See below)

But he brings to light a larger point.

Why would any African-American support a politician with such an overtly racist agenda and a Pavlovian response to white supremacist dog whistles floated by Fox News and other hard-right propaganda outlets?

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman even claims Trump derisively uttered the “n word” more than once on the set of the reality-TV show “The Apprentice.”

Snoop is having none of it.

“I don’t give a f**k. I tell ’em straight up, ‘Motherf**ker, if you like that n**ga, you are a motherf**kin’ racist. F**k you and f**k him,” Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus, told DJ Suss One in a SiriusXM interview that aired over the weekend.

“Kanye, too,” he added. “Don’t forget about him too. F**k you too. Throw him in the bag, he right with them motherf***ers.”

But it’s not just Kanye.

African-Americans like Candace Owens, Stacey Dash, Dan Bongino, pro-Trump sister vloggers Diamond and Silk, and others in the Fox News orbit are making a good living fronting for the hard-right.

West aptly summed up the situation when he said African-Americans should “stop focusing on racism” because “This world is racist, OK?”

His view likely resonates among black conservatives, but it’s not only cynical, it also rejects the black experience in America defined by the long struggle for civil rights.

Effectively, Kanye is saying, hey, we accept that you’re racist and that you’re never going to change. We can live with that, just give us the money. In that sense, it’s no wonder Trump appeals to like-minded African Americans.

Trump is all about “the money” and that’s been the sum-total of his appeal to the black community. Forget about Democrats, I can give you a better deal, he proclaimed during the election. “What have you got to lose?”

Trump’s repeated pronouncements that he’s responsible for the “lowest black unemployment in history” are as far fetched as his claim that his short time in office is responsible for the current economic expansion, which began almost nine years ago. The full verdict on Trump’s policies (huge tax cuts, repealed regulations, higher tariffs) won’t be clear for years.

Basically, black conservatives who buy that are throwing the civil rights movement under the bus, even though that’s what got them a seat at the table in the first place.

Lincoln may have ended slavery, but it took 100 years to bring the Jim Crow era to an end through the movement’s two signature accomplishments–the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The laws were the fruits of a struggle that spans the nation’s history and cost thousands of lives. But it only came about through a unique coalition between African-Americans and the Democratic Party that continues to this day.

Trump won with only 8 percent of the African-American vote. His approval rating, today, hovers between 14 percent and 36 percent among African-Americans, depending on the poll.

But, Owens, Boingo and other black Fox News talking heads are helping to fulfill a long-held conservative dream–to drive a wedge in that coalition.

Owens, for example, frequently mouths a white, conservative red herring that black voters are living on some sort of “Democratic plantation,” according to Rolling Stone magazine.

“The entire framing of that is racist in a way that folks like Owens do not seem to grasp,” writes Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith.

The goal isn’t to boost black voting, but to marginalize its impact on elections through a wholesale assault on black civil rights.

While Owens and others spout off, Republican lawmakers are engaging in the wholesale disenfranchising of black voters though gerrymandering and voter ID restrictions. Right-wing groups are undercutting civil rights laws through legal challenges, like the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which overturned two key Voting Rights Act provisions.

They’re also championing the appointment of Brett Kavenaugh to the Supreme Court, which would swing the court ever further to the right for decades to come.

In contrast to West, Snoop, sees the problem, and it’s clearly Trump. “He drew the lines. Before him, there were no lines. Everybody was everybody, we respected everything, we didn’t trip,” he said.

Check out Snoop’s commentary below. Warning, salty language!

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