This week, Donald Trump met with Kanye West and retired NFL stars Jim Brown and Ray Lewis. For those unaware, all three men are very active in supporting the black community. Whether it’s Brown’s Amer-I-can, which focuses on helping individuals reach their academic potential through personal development and self esteem, West’s Donda’s House, which helps provide premium art and music instruction for youths, or Lewis’ constant support of the black community through social media and television, each man has gave an honest effort in bringing their ideas for community growth.
Right after meeting with Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio on climate change, Trump has now opened his doors to people who are looking to address black issues. While none of the three men would have been my first choice, it is….nice….to know Trump is doing something. Whether this is a ploy remains to be seen but it is a step in the right direction, even if its a small one.
According to Newsmax, on his meeting with the President-elect, West tweeted “"I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues…These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago. I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”
I agree with the above statement. If you want to support the black community, keeping lines of communication open with the President is necessary. But alas open lines of communication mean nothing if you cannot create policy that support your community.
As we know, Donald Trump is an unconventional man. He has already selected many individuals for positions in which they have no prior experience and clearly is not afraid to do it again. With so much uncertainty around his leadership, I would like to pose this question.
Would Donald Trump appoint Kanye West as his diversity expert?
I believe he would. Now to be fair, President’s team with celebrities all the time to support their agenda. Whether for publicity sake or because he felt West was qualified, both would do wonders for the President-elect (not saying it would be a good or bad thing, but it would do wonders). If you can remember, in one of West’s statements he admitted that “If I voted, I would have voted for Trump.” This makes him an ally of Trump, in Trump’s mind. Promoting a Midwest born musical star with an album dedicated to his community would be a way for the President-elect to claim he’s trying to support black Americans (and no I don’t mean John Legend, although he’d actually be more than qualified for this position ….seriously …look him up).
Part of being President is giving the appearance that you support issues that aren’t top priorities and this is one way to do it.
As to how effective West would be in this role, it is honestly hard to say. Despite what you think of Kanye West, he can create a structure of success around him. How the man was able to put together a fashion line and close a deal with Adidas to have his own stores is amazing and he doesn’t get enough credit for it. If he’s able to develop a team around him similar to that, he could get alot done, especially in the realm of art and music. He would need help in areas he’s not an expert in such as education, STEM, business, etc. but it would honestly rely heavily on his team.
In short I think it could work. But most of it depends on the type of support Trump would give in backing West. In honesty, I don’t believe the President-elect would provide much backing behind West’s diversity push. This would cause a huge friction between the two creating a twitter war that would ultimately destroy the internet!!!!! Or….
It would simply fail. In the end you’re dealing with two men with large egos. No matter how great they are at their craft, and no matter how much potential the two have in their perspective positions, Another gleaming issue would be if West could back a Trump agenda….a FULL Trump agenda. This means when Jeff Sessions or Scott Pruitt does something that negatively affects a minority community (and they will), can West support it for a full 4 years.
No he can’t…..but heck I’d support Kanye West as Trump’s diversity expert. After seeing a few of Trump’s current picks, I can honestly say that West wouldn’t be his worst selection.