With the rise of unconventional political figures like Donald Trump, we’ve seen the emergence of new political factions, made up of groups who don’t usually align themselves with one another.
One of the more interesting amalgamations is between traditional, quasi-religious, young Christians, and members of the secular left who still believe in freedom of speech and expression; both groups are tired of the politically correct tidal wave that's dictating how people must think.
Sadly, many mainstream conservative parties and politicians are neglecting this seismic shift in alliances. It's an opportunity to carve out a new niche in conservatism (at the expense of its ideological opponents) that simply cannot be missed, as it would establish a conservative foothold within groups traditionally thought of as left leaning.
Take young voters, for example. They are the ones driving the free speech debate, because political correctness has sharply divided campuses across North America. Conservatives need to act now to garner support from these young culture warriors.
But conservatives also need to look ahead. The left continues to battle its own extremist elements, so we need to be prepared to step in and take advantage of that movement's eventual collapse.
To position ourselves to win young hearts and minds of all stripes, conservatives should embrace hip hop music.
As someone who loves both hip hop and conservative politics, it saddens me that many fellow conservatives simply don’t appreciate this musical art form.
Conversely, hip hop seldom aligns itself with conservative politics, and the few attempts to do so have produced dreadful results.
But where others see failure, I see an awesome opportunity.
Hip hop music is enjoyed by predominantly two groups: millennials and the African-American community. Both groups generally hate being labeled “conservative”, and perhaps for good reason. I’ve already outlined why many millennials are coming over to our side, most black voters still aren't.
But that can change.
The left has successfully fought for the rights of gays and religious minorities. Feminism is very much the center of attention now, and transgenderism has pushed its way into the mainstream, with billions of dollars and lawsuits at stake should anyone question its validity.
Meanwhile, members of the black community have not seen the kind of support leftists have afforded these other groups. The reason why is up for debate, but as the left’s “victimhood pyramid” takes shape, the needs of the black community seem to be getting pushed further to the bottom.
Looking at hip hop music as a whole, I don’t believe it’ll be long before the progressive left begins attempting to silence black artists who express themselves in politically incorrect ways. In fact, attempts to change hip hop culture have already begun. The door is being opened for conservatives to defend of this genre in the name of free speech, a chance we shouldn't squander.
While progressives may chant “pro-black” slogans, they take few actions to actually help the community. Conservatives need to defend the rights of all groups to express themselves freely, regardless of musical tastes. If we don’t fight hard for the free speech for African Americans, then we really don’t deserve their support. But I’m confident in our ability to defend this noble art form. So let’s get to it.