Nick Cannon has had a wonderful career as both a musician and an entertainer, and he’s now embarking on another path – as a community leader. Cannon recently enrolled at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University to study communications, and from the way he’s talking, it may not be long before he’s using the degree he’ll earn to run for office.
During a recent interview on New York City radio show “the Breakfast Club” this past week, host Charlamagne Tha God, held Cannon partially responsible for Donald Trump’s recent electoral victory. Charlamagne told Cannon that “one of the reasons Donald Trump” won was that Cannon had encouraged people “not to vote.” Cannon took exception to this charge and argued that he’d done no such thing; instead he said that he only told people that the presidential candidates didn’t “respect” their vote. Cannon had made this argument in a spoken word piece that he wrote called “Too Broke to Vote.” In the piece Cannon spoke of the things he was hearing from people in Compton, Chicago, and Atlanta, and how the people felt as though no one was listening to their needs. “I gave that reflection neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump was speaking to our community and that localized voting was more important, especially when dealing with criminal justice reform and everything that we’re trying to do to build this education system,” Cannon said. He went on to say that the election was about voters being forced to choose between the “lesser of two evils” and that should not happen in a nation as blessed as ours.
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Another important moment in the interview came when the group discussed Donald Trump’s stand against partial-birth abortion. This struck Cannon as a very important issue, one that spoke to an existential threat for the black community in America. Speaking of the abortion issue Cannon grew passionate:
Hillary was, think about all of the things they did with Planned Parenthood and all of that type of stuff. That type of stuff is to take our community, and forget gentrification, it’s real genocide, and it’s been like that for years. This system is not built for us. This is not our land. I appreciate it, I love it, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but this wasn’t designed for our people.
One of the reasons that Cannon feels so strongly about the issue of abortion is that his mother came within seconds of aborting him. He’s written about his brush with abortion in the past and spoken of his mother laying on the exam table in an abortion clinic.
Cannon’s 2005 music video shows how his mother wanted to abort him, but then chose life.
“Just wait — just pause for a second. Let me plead my case. It’s the late ‘70s huh … You seventeen huh … And having me that will ruin everything huh…”
The video depicts his mother as a teenager, lying in an abortion facility, as Nick’s spirit pleads for her not take his life, saying, “That’s life inside you, look at your tummy … What is becoming Ma, I am Oprah bound … You can tell he’s a star from the Ultrasound.”
“Mommy, I don’t link this clinic/Hopefully you’ll make the right decision and don’t go through with the Knife Decision…”
“Hopping off da bus when the rain is pouring/What you want morning sickness or the sickness of mourning?”
We need more leaders like Nick Cannon to rise up and speak up about the abortion holocaust. Personal stories like this ring honestly through the culture and remind people that when they choose to abort, they are quite literally snuffing out a life. Abortion isn’t just a choice; it’s the deliberate killing of another human being.