One of the most ridiculous phenomenons in today’s society is the idolization of celebrities. It’s not just kids, adults are just as guilty, if not more. A single Beyoncé Instagram post is worth $1 million because her legion of fans will blindly buy anything she endorses. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and even Chance The Rapper have droves of fans who will stand outside in below zero temperatures to get tickets to one of their concerts. So it is not surprising that some Chance The Rapper fans (and stans) are petitioning to get him to run for Chicago Mayor in 2019.
“We want a mayor who will fight for public education. We want a mayor who will reinvest in black and brown communities on the South and West Sides. We want a mayor who will address our epidemic of gun violence without the brutality of police or prisons. We want a mayor who will let the young people of Chicago lead.”
Many seem to be disillusioned about how change is achieved in the political world. We saw this when President Obama was elected into office in 2008. People doltishly thought a cloud of magical Black power dust would sweep over the nation and rid the Black community of all its problems. It takes years of building relationships in the political realm, kissing babies, shaking hands, making speeches, studying the law and having a big picture mindset. A Mayor has to have the interests of the entire city, not just certain areas or certain demographics. Being Mayor is also an exercise in money management. Chicagoans do not know what Chance’s track record is in regards to finances. Lyrics and some charitable donations just won’t cut it.
This is an after effect of Donald Trump being elected POTUS. Many Trump detractors say that he was an under qualified candidate, compared to Hillary Clinton. So any public figure that has a strong enough following is getting their name thrown about to run for President. Kanye West, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, even Dwayne Johnson and Katy Perry’s names have been bandied about. What these candidates do not have is Trump’s revenue streams, social circles and influence. Pop culture is making a joke of politics. Celebrities are taking attention away from deserving candidates. In Chicago, Chance would be doing the same thing.
Chicago’s push to have a musician as its Mayor is evidence that the city will not improve any time soon.
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