Hillary Clinton's contest in which people who register to vote could potentially meet Pusha T is a sign of the Democratic Party's contempt for the black community. They couldn't at least get Jay Z? Ha ha, I kid Pusha T.
The contest was announced yesterday on Twitter, via a tweet from Hillary's official account, as if Hillary herself—who probably has no idea what Twitter is—sat there and typed in the name Pusha T.
From the tweet itself, you could click through to enter for a chance to win. Have they come up with a way to register people to vote just by clicking on a link on Twitter? I'm sure they've already got enough information about you.
The real danger will be when they come up with a way to vote via Twitter. Democracy will be turned on its ear. So many unemployed hoodrats who wouldn't otherwise vote, because it would involve leaving the house, might decide to take part.
If black people, who only make up 12% of the population (many of whom don't have smartphones), can dominate trending topics at all hours of the day and night, imagine the effect they could have on an election.
Pusha T's name trended for much of the day, not because people were suddenly inspired to register to vote, but because people posted a million and one ostensibly humorous jokes about how Hillary had enlisted an alleged drug dealer to drive voter registration.
I can't imagine Pusha T sold very many copies of whatever that album he had out last year was as a result of this campaign, but the added publicity couldn't have hurt his career, and I'm thinking that may have been what led him to sign up for this in the first place.
There must be a lot of people unaware that Pusha T continues to pursue a career in rap music. It's been a long time since "Gridnin'." Shilling for Hillary Clinton will help keep his name hot in the street in between albums, and maybe they also cut him a check.
He's also taken a job with Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music, which presumably pays a salary. KRS-One had a similar job with Wonder Bros. back in the late '90s. In fact, less time had elapsed between Criminal Minded and when KRS became an A&R than in between that first Clipse album and the present.
The appeal for Hillary Clinton is that maybe this will help drive the black vote without her promising to actually do anything for the black community.
She's already got the fact that she's not Donald Trump, who's Literally Hitler, but that might not be enough to pull people away from Black People Twitter come election time. There's fear that she suffers from an enthusiasm gap, meaning that people who would vote for her, including blacks, young people, Bernie Bros, the alt-left (whatever that is), etc., might not show up to the polls.
If the prospect of meeting Pusha T somehow doesn't drive very many registrations, she might want to consider handing out free packs of menthol cigarettes and giving people rides to polling places in limousines. That was what Al Gore supposedly did back in 2000. He still lost the election, but he trounced George W. Bush in the popular vote, at a time when CACs made up a larger proportion of the electorate.