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​How Could Kanye West Like Candace Owens? He Must be Crazy

Intersectionality as a sociological and academic term was coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, founder of the African American Policy Forum at Columbia University, back in 1989. Apparently she meant it as much as a literal metaphor as a way of viewing identity, a four way intersection where the incoming traffic of prejudice could hit you from any direction.

Since 2017, it has suddenly become a household term, the supposed zeitgeist of the #Me Too generation or age.

So it must be infuriating to well-meaning progressives who are earnestly wrapping their heads around the concept and applauding any cries of victimization, no matter how micro the aggression or how much those claims and cries are based on radical world views, that Kanye West is standing in the middle of Main and Left, proclaiming the need for thinking beyond the confines of identity politics.

Who does he think he is? How dare he not fall in line and proclaim the kingdom?

Of course, this story is also about Candace Owens. Who is hardly retiring or apologetic. Who has done a few absurd and provocative things online. Who is generally fairly conservative in her view of freedom of expression at least. And who also happens to be black in America.

Kanye has stated that he loves the way Candace Owens thinks and speaks. And Kanye has previously professed admiration for Trump even if some of those tweets were erased after the inevitable controversy blew up.

To help us sort out Kanye's thought process, The Daily Beast has generously provided us with a reason why someone rich and famous, who happens to be black, would express support of Trump, or at least Trump's methods for winning the shock election in 2016, or would profess admiration for Candace Owen.

Kanye must be crazy. If you believe The Daily Beast.

Here's the proof. At a show back then, West said:

I hate the fact that, because I'm a celebrity, everybody told me not to say that I loved the debates; I loved his approach.

How could he not be crazy right? Anyone who admired Trump's surprise win is either a Klansman or crazy. Plus, TMZ reported that his physician had said that Kanye West: suffers from temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration. TMZ said that some doctor said this. How could it not be the truth? And how convenient. You profess admiration for Trump? You must be suffering from temporary psychosis or be wearing a hood. Or both of course. ProTrump traumatic disorder.

But it gets better. Scott Adams - yes the Dilbert guy - has stepped in to this debate with the following seven words: and he ripped a hole in reality. Now I'm not sure Scott has poured over Kimberle Crenshaw's work, but whether he intended it to be an attack on intersectionality - the use of multi-faceted identities as a framework for viewing reality, one that is looking more and more like a cage - his words have that effect. As he says:

It feels like there's something big happening, People are breaking out of their mental prisons.

Maybe, but West and Owens certainly have livened up and opened up the debate and done so in the face of furious criticism from the media and from fellow entertainers and from activists. That's real courage. Whether they're dehydrated, or not.

Posted by AllardK at April 25, 2018 4:03 PM
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Clearly Stephen Daugherty again. I’ve got a terminology for you that’s becoming current. Kakistocracy. You’re audience for this column wouldn’t know Kanye from Charlemagne.

Posted by: Ohrealy at April 25, 2018 4:16 PM
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Of course that should be your not you’re. Tablets do that sometimes.

Posted by: Ohrealy at April 25, 2018 4:19 PM
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Ah, the latest talking-point Kakistocracy. LOL!!!

Don’t forget, when you can’t use facts to clarify or prove your point, it’s called ‘sea lioning.’

Posted by: kctim at April 25, 2018 5:48 PM
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Elizabeth Pierce, a broadband adviser selected by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and former telecom CEO, was arrested last week on fraud charges. Prosecutors claim she tricked investors into dumping more than $250 million into her scheme before it was discovered.

Farron Cousins on that subject:

Posted by: ohrealy at April 25, 2018 7:39 PM
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Alaska is only 55 miles from Russia.
Putin hired Trump. Trump hired Pai. Pai hired Pierce.

Holy crap!, that $250 million was to get Trump elected.
I bet they planned it all on Big Diomede.

It’s all so clear now.

Posted by: kctim at April 26, 2018 10:29 AM
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Ohrealy that is hitting the nail on the head. Kakistocracy is what we are experiencing today. IMHO we are lucky that is what we have. It could be worse when someone like Trump is driving the bus. I would think it is the best we can expect from this administration as oligarchy or a slide into fascism would be the alternatives.

Why are you laughing kctim? Certainly you cannot believe the Trump administration isn’t the very definition of a Kakistocracy. The evidence is overwhelming.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 27, 2018 11:27 AM
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Have to agree, kakistocracy is the correct term for the Trump administration. People are in positions for which they are unfit & unqualified, and many are unscrupulous. That defines kakistocracy. It explains the exceptionally high turnover and the extraordinary number of resignations. No previous administration has come anywhere close to what we have seen these past 15 months. Some are hostile to the mission of their agencies. Others have no experience managing large organizations. In some cases, their only qualifications seem to be their donations, or an ability to flatter the president.

To date, this administration has singed fewer bills than any other. Governing seems to rely on bills which are pushed through with little or review or debate, executive orders that prove unconstitutional, and a general kneejerk philosophy of rejecting what the previous administration did, regardless of the merits.

Posted by: phx8 at April 27, 2018 12:52 PM
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I am laughing because as soon as I first heard that word, I knew it was a talking-point and would immediately be parroted throughout the media and message boards.
You guys here at WB were a little late, but you did not disappoint.

I am laughing because it is a purely subjective term that is based on the blatant partisanship and hypocrisy of those making the claim.

I am laughing because you are still stuck on the fascism nonsense.

Posted by: kctim at April 27, 2018 2:31 PM
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“Governing seems to rely on bills which are pushed through with little or review or debate…Posted by: phx8 at April 27, 2018 12:52PM”

The bills are being written by the lobbyists to make sure they get what they want. The congressperson is just the dummy who votes for or against what the lobbyists propose.

Former CIA director Brennan is the one who revived the term kakistocracy, previously used by rightwingers to refer to a government including more diversity than they would ever want.

Posted by: Ohrealy at April 27, 2018 3:58 PM
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“The bills are being written by the lobbyists to make sure they get what they want.”

Very true.

“Former CIA director Brennan… revived the term kakistocracy, previously used by rightwingers to refer to a government including more diversity than they would ever want.”

Glenn Beck revived the word to describe the Obama administration.

David Cay Johnson applied it to Trump in February 2016.

It is hard to look at this current administration and conclude it is anything other than a kakistocracy. Trump and many of his people are grossly incompetent, unfit, unqualified, unscrupulous, and unable to carry out the basics of governing, often because of Trump himself.

This was on full display again today, as Trump stood on the stage next to Merkel from Germany. She was articulate and knowledgeable. Trump was inarticulate. He could barely string coherent sentences together. It was bad, really bad, and not much different from the incoherent rant on F&F yesterday morning. He lacked basic knowledge, told lies, and basically just made up crap on the spot. It showed, and it is an embarrassment to all Americans to see such buffoonery on display before the world.

Posted by: phx8 at April 27, 2018 4:24 PM
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Kctim, When did you first hear it , when it was used to describe the Reagan administration or when Glenn Beck used it to describe the Obama administration or just lately with the Trump administration. I’m betting Beck is taking it back after a year with the Trump administration.

It seems to me you are mistaken about it being blatantly partisan or hypocritical in the case of Trump, however I will give you Reagan and Obama. This administration has gotten off to an atrocious start the first year with so many unqualified choices that have had to bow out, not to mention the charges against some of his choices for cabinet positions or the high turn over rate in this administration.

I can understand you laughing, (if you are a Trump supporter you either laugh or cry…right) but it isn’t that funny when you consider the bigger picture. Many repubs would agree with the left on this issue. Probably none here on WB but you guys are to partisan to do anything but defend Trump.

Trump has put on a clown show, starting with the inauguration and the nepotism and …well….Tillerson called Trump a moron while serving as Secretary of State.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 27, 2018 4:28 PM
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Mattis had the same opinion as Tillerson, but was too polite. There’s an interesting article on Mattis in the New Yorker.

Merkel already knows what she’s dealing with, as she was the one that he was trying to “renegotiate” trade with, making it clear that he didn’t even know what the EU was. He’s a moron, but that puts him one step above an imbecile, and two steps above an idiot. When he comes to trial, that’s his best defence, mental incompetency, and there’s already plenty of proof of that.

We’ll see who hacks his personal phone that he’s using now to hide from Kelly and the records act.

Interesting, LOD said last night that only Rupert Murdoch could have told the F&F goofs to cut Dumpty off and tell him to go back to his job. Now I’m laughing.

Posted by: ohrealy at April 27, 2018 4:53 PM
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Well J2, I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to politics during Reagan and I don’t watch Beck, so the first time I heard was recently when it became the latest talking-point.

It is totally influenced by politics and Phx8 provided us with a perfect example:

“Governing seems to rely on bills which are pushed through with little or review or debate, executive orders that prove unconstitutional”

Now, what do you want to bet that yourself and Phx8 have plenty excuses to defend things like DACA, ACA etc… that Obama gave us?

I have no problem agreeing that this administrations high turn over rate seems pretty ridiculous. I have no problem agreeing that I don’t like the tweeting, how a President should not engage in that kind of crap.

For me, it’s not about ‘defending Trump’ J2. It’s about priorities. I don’t care what he wants to believe his inauguration numbers are, how many people like him, or what he says about Rosie. I care about what he is actually getting done.

Posted by: kctim at April 27, 2018 6:01 PM
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ok jos

Posted by: Dealer Honda Tegal at April 27, 2018 9:58 PM
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“I care about what he is actually getting done.”

And that would be… ?

I’d be hard pressed to name anything positive.

Executive orders for immigration bans have been ruled unconstitutional.

There will be no wall, and no, Mexico will not pay for it.

Oil prices have increased dramatically. After all that talk about deregulation and increased energy production, we are paying MORE.

Commodity prices have increased and interest rates are expected to increase faster than previously anticipated.

Trump trade policies have proven disastrous.

The stock market has pulled back and been extremely volatile, with wild swings up and down on an almost daily basis.

A stolen SCOTUS seat required the GOP to ignore the constitutional requirement for advice and consent, and changed the rule, letting a simple Senate majority vote approve nominees. That is a long-term recipe for disaster for conservatives.

The revenues that made Obamacare viable have been gutted, but nothing was done to replace them. Right now this is receiving little attention, but this fall it will be a five alarm fire for Trump & conservatives when premium costs soar.

The tax bill is a complete disaster. It was the most unpopular bill in three decades when passed, and according to a recent poll, it is now even MORE unpopular. Residents in CA, NY, MD, and IL are paying more. 83% of the benefits are going to the 1% and corporations. Annual deficits are projected to top $1 trillion for as far as the eye can see, and that is the rosy scenario! As for corporations, about $5 billion of the benefits went to bonuses and raises, and $175 billion went to stock buybacks and dividend increases.

And I haven’t even mentioned Russia, treason, crooks, a record number of indictments for the first year, or kakistocracy.

Posted by: phx8 at April 27, 2018 11:37 PM
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Kakistocracy or Corporate authoritarianism, what a choice Trump and the repubs have left for the American people. This so far failed administration has held tight to several conservative principles and we the people are reaping the fallout of these decisions.

Of course tax cuts for the rich, a mainstay of conservatism, is one “victory” for the Trump administration and conservatives it should be good enough to keep them in control of Congress come election time, but just barely as their benefactors will reward them with attack ads and perpetrating myths and misinformation to keep many in office.

Using their kids credit cards to finance government a conservative principle since the Reagan revolution has proven to be costly as it puts on display the hypocrisy of repubs/conservatives for all to see.

Making America small again a favorite conservative core principle has been the mainstay,IMHO, of the Trump administration as he has indeed made America small again. Small is great…right?…when it comes to governments not corporations.

F**k the Constitution ..well…except for the 2nd amendment, a key conservative principle used to get “justice” delayed by twisting the intentions of the founding fathers.

Lets not forget the conservative principle of “sure cheaters win we do it all the time”. With the attacks on the free press and voters who aren’t landed gentry conservatives have taken gerrymandering to new levels and with their concerted efforts to suppress the vote we have learned no lie is to small nor to big if repeated by Faux News often enough.

Yeah the list could go on but we all get the point Kakistocracy is the government of choice for conservatives.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 28, 2018 10:34 AM
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It is important to remember one of the main purposes of the tax cuts was to reward the 1% & corporations. The purpose is to obtain funding for the next campaign. The Citizens United decision insures the donations will be done without public oversight.

Speaking of campaign donations, the investigation into the Russian funding the Trump campaign through the NRA is coming into the open. I mentioned this some time ago, and I will mention the name of the Russian oligarch again, Alexander Torshin.

As for the Russia probe- the House Intel Committee report revealed a very interesting piece of information. To arrange the Trump Tower meeting, Trump Jr. called one of the Russians, immediately afterwards called another number, and then called the Russian back. What number did Trump Jr. call? Turns out it was blocked. Trump blocks his home phone. In testimony, Trump Jr. refused to divulge who he called. The House Republicans refused to subpoena the phone company for the number, despite requests by the Democrats.

Collusion by Trump, and Obstruction by the House Republicans, specifically Congressman Nunes.

Posted by: phx8 at April 28, 2018 12:02 PM
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From the Atlantic article linked by j2t2:

Examples like a budget that aims to knock out our weather satellites

This is also significant as an attempt to ignore what’s going on in the Arctic, both on the north coast of Alaska and on the coast of Siberia and the islands where there is drilling and massive methane releases are being noticed now:

Luckily, others are watching, in spite of the efforts to make America small again, as j2t2 noted above.

Posted by: ohrealy at April 28, 2018 12:26 PM
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Well, it only took a couple of comments to move from a black guy calling out Democratics for ignoring the inner city plight black people are experiencing, to directing it, again, toward their sadistic fantasies about Donald Trump.

Nice going, guys!

It appears you can’t bear to have a black guy go against the Democratic’s status quo. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Are you afraid of your slaves turning on you? Do you think the only way to keep black people on the inner city plantation is to browbeat a powerful white guy? Do you still think black people are stupid enough to vote Democratic as long as you ignore the rabble rousers that are popping up in the black community?


I wouldn’t have written any of this if you would have stayed on the topic presented. But no. You can’t comment on a black guy who’s broken out of the mold and actually trying to do something positive for black inner city communities. You have to change the subject and fabricate talking points no one believes anymore!

Who’s the stupid ones?

Posted by: Weary Willie at April 28, 2018 2:11 PM
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What? Are you suggesting I take Kanye West seriously?

Regardless of what anyone thinks of his music, he is mentally unstable. In 2010 he was hospitalized for with hallucinations and paranoia. He has repeatedly exhibited bizarre behavior in public. Is he mentally ill, addicted to drugs, alcoholic, or some combination? Who knows?

But I will tell you this. I’m not about to spend time listening to the public eruptions of Dennis Rodman, Kanye West, or mentally ill white entertainers, for that matter, and pretend their opinions are carefully thought out positions worthy of debate.

Posted by: phx8 at April 28, 2018 2:36 PM
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By the way, I don’t care what the Kardashians think either. Please don’t write about the Kardashians and then accuse everyone of being stupid for not taking them seriously.

Posted by: phx8 at April 28, 2018 2:41 PM
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Thank you for getting back on the topic of this post.

Posted by: Weary Willie at April 28, 2018 3:44 PM
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phx8 writes,

Regardless of what anyone thinks of his music, he is mentally unstable.

and then in the same paragraph writes,

Is he mentally ill, addicted to drugs, alcoholic, or some combination? Who knows?

Certainly phx8 doesn’t know. Otherwise he wouldn’t be asking the question.

What of these people, phx8? Common, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Don C and several other Chicago natives are supporting Kanye’s initiative.

Are these people also mentally unstable, or are you a racist?

Posted by: Weary Willie at April 28, 2018 3:59 PM
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If Stephen Daugherty wants to write pop culture articles for this forum, then he should do it under his own name in the blue column, as previously. This pretence of having more writers than they actually have got old a long time ago.

“What? Are you suggesting I take Kanye West seriously?…the public eruptions of Dennis Rodman, Kanye West, or mentally ill white entertainers, for that matter, and pretend their opinions are carefully thought out positions worthy of debate. Posted by: phx8 at April 28, 2018 2:36 PM”

Unfortunately, a mentally ill white entertainer is acting as if he’s in charge of the USA.

Posted by: Ohrealy at April 28, 2018 4:27 PM
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Weary whoa, slow down a minute, I have been patiently waiting for you to do a rant on Crenshaw’s intersectionality and how it comes into play with West and Owens. I mean I don’t know anyone on WB that fits the description of AllardK’s progressives nor do I know who Owens is. Don’t have time nor care about what West has to say either.

However the close tie in between West/Kardashian reality TV and Trump is obvious and more interesting to discuss. So either rock our world with some intelligent comments on intersectionality or quit making up racism where there is none and defend the Trump administration and Trump admirer West from charges of Kakistocracy.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 28, 2018 6:02 PM
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Isn’t it grand that the Liberal/Progressive/Socialist cabal has a new word (Kakistocracy) to describe their horror at watching President Trump perform economic miracles and government renewal without the permission or approval of the elite Washington political class.

All was fine with the two parties electing clones of each other and being totally willing to let America suffer and decline with their excess. Everyone lined their pockets at the expense of everyday Americans who toiled to pay the bill.

Our mainstream media shilled for whatever party was ascendant knowing that nothing of substance would change, despite election outcomes, and the power and money would continue to flow to the elite.

President Trump refused to play the political game of musical chairs and told Americans that he would lead the country, and them, out of the economic malaise so valued by the Left. America had been told by its leaders that a new age was dawning in which America would become just another nation struggling with huge debt and high unemployment.

Americans were told by its leaders that America must become weaker militarily as other nations were frightened by our might. The slogan became “peace thru capitulation”.

It took President Trump over a year for Americans to realize and appreciate that he was not cut from the same whole cloth as the politicians they were accustomed to. He began to keep his political promises to help both main street and Wall Street. He achieved success on the world stage and our allies now seek his wisdom, strength and counsel. Our adversaries are now seeking accommodation; not confrontation.

A new day has dawned for America. We have a chance to keep our constitutional republic. We have a chance to quell violence and war. We must never return to political blackmail by the Republican and Democrat elite class.

Posted by: Royal Flush at April 28, 2018 7:18 PM
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You’ve all given your opinion a name, kakistrocracy. Nice!

Do you guys realize how casually you dismiss what West is attempting to do? I don’t think you can get past him either criticizing the Democratics who have ignored the inner city conditions his entire life, or having another popular Trump supporter to deal with and what makes it worse for your side is the guy is black.

I understand how you dismiss West. Little kids close their eyes and believe what scares them isn’t there, also.

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Posted by: Rehana Malik at April 30, 2018 2:17 AM
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Royal tells us “Isn’t it grand that the Liberal/Progressive/Socialist cabal” as if we are some kind of secret organization! Then of course he continues with ” has a new word (Kakistocracy) to describe their horror” ans yes his administration is the picture next to the text in the dictionary of the word Kakistocracy yet conservatives are still blaming Obama!

Then “at watching President Trump perform economic miracles and government renewal without the permission or approval of the elite Washington political class.” which IMHO qualifies Royal for the Goebbels award for the month of April.

An “economic miracle” Royal claims yet not all of conservatives are on board with Royals religious exultation at the trend started after the economy crashed in 2008 and has continued for the past 7 years or so. Not to mention the deficit and debt we as a country are incurring as they wealthy bank their extra cash offshore.

Wow what a heavy row to hoe Royal, I mean “performing economic miracles without those elites” that benefited from his tax cuts !LOL! Who do you think is fooled by that line Royal…other than you?

But you don’t stop there you continue on singing Trumps praises with ” everyone lined their pockets at the expense of everyday Americans yadayada….” evidently talking about the Trump administration as many of his cabinet are those that have wet to the extreme with taxpayers money, unlike the Obama administration.

And you just keep going on Royal, Goebbels would be proud.

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“suffers from temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration”. Many people these day suffer from sleep deprivation and dehydration but they are not temporary psychosis.

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