On Monday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) tore into Kanye West for West's heresy in questioning the hegemony of the Democratic Party among black Americans.
Asked by a Politico writer about West, Waters stated, "Kanye West is a very creative young man. … But we also think that sometimes West talks out of turn and perhaps he needs some assistance in helping him to formulate some of his thoughts. We don't think that he actually means to do harm, but we're not sure he really understands the impact of what he’s saying, at the time that he’s saying it and how that weighs on, particularly the African-American community – and for young people in general."
She continued: "I understand that he is getting pushback from a lot of young people on the internet … but we're hopeful that his creativity will continue to be demonstrated in his work. And I think maybe he should think twice about politics – and maybe not have so much to say."
"Talks out of turn"? "Maybe not have so much to say"? West's entire point is that he should be able to speak out in ways Maxine Waters doesn't like.
Waters' nonsense is incredibly paternalistic, obviously. Imagine if a white person said something like this about, say, LeBron James. Oh, wait, it happened, and the entire Left called Laura Ingraham a racist. But when a two-bit grafter like Maxine Waters calls out Kanye West for saying obvious things about the monolithic support for the Democratic Party among black Americans, then she's treated as perfectly normal.
And there's tremendous irony to Waters calling West uninformed, a person who needs help formulating his thoughts. This is a woman who called the Los Angeles riots an "uprising." This is a person whose husband, a major stockholder in OneUnited Bank, stood to see major benefit from her position on the House Financial Services Committee. This is a Congresswoman who said that Putin was invading Korea (not Crimea), said that she was once a Millennial (nope), promoted abortion by saying, "I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion" (wut) and claimed that she never called for Trump’s impeachment after calling repeatedly for Trump’s impeachment. But somehow Kanye’s the uninformed one? And Waters is the great font of wisdom?