Who’d ever thought that rappers would be interested in politics? Is it fair to say just because you are successful in the entertainment field, you could care less about what’s going on in the world? Just like celebrities Ronald Reagan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, hip hop artist Wyclef Jean seems to be putting celebrity actions to good use. Wyclef has announced his candidacy to run for Haiti’s next President.
Wyclef 40 took it to the media and announced that he has filed the correct paper work to run for Haiti’s next president. Wyclef was born in Haiti and left at the age of 9 to come to America to experience the American Dream. Although he was brought to a strange land, he never gave up his rights as a Haitian citizen, yet instill he remains in America on a green card.
The artist has always represented his culture, and where he came from; even when it wasn’t cool to be a Haitian, he wasn’t ashamed of letting people know who he was. Wyclef says after the massive 3.0 earthquake struck his native country he felt an urge to do more than help pull deceased bodies from rubbish of rocks. He’s always given back to his country, and now believes in his heart that it’s time to rebuild Haiti.
Wyclef says if it’ll cost him his American Dream, he’s willing to lie it down to help his people. He also explained how his people has suffered for 200 years being unstabled, and if he can contribute to the stability of his country then he is all for it. Wyclef said “he wants better education, jobs, health care, and so much more for the Haitian people,” and what better way to start, but from ground zero. Wyclef says he represents about 50% of Haiti’s youth and the Haitian people has pretty much drafted him to be their next leader.
Although Wyclef has no political experience, he believes he has witnessed the suffering of the Haitian population, and wants to take a stand like President Obama, and step up to the plate to help make change happen. During an interview on CNN, Wyclef was questioned about the 9 million dollars that he raised through his organization “Yele Haiti.” It was alleged that the artist pocketed the money, but he responded by saying; “he never pocketed the money under any circumstances, and he has proof.”
He was also questioned about the 2 million dollar lien that the government placed on his taxes, and responded by saying that he respects the government, and the taxes has been paid and everything is taken care of.
Wyclef claims he even stepped down as Yele Haiti’s leader to go back to his native land to become their leader. Wyclef speaks Creole fluently and believes he can relate to the people as if he’d never left. He and his wife own property in Haiti, and he doesn’t see any problems with being their president. Former President Bill Clinton is in Haiti and Wyclef said he would like to sit down and talk politics with the president.
Written By: Angelique Lachelle