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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kanye West - A Public Disgrace

This sort of nonsense is not only ill-timed and unhelpful, it just doesn't find any basis in reality:

Appearing two-thirds through the [Concert for Hurricane Relief] program [aired on NBC], [Kanye West] claimed "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."
First of all, what possessed Mr. West to think that such comments would be helpful during a telethon to raise money for a natural disaster? While I understand that it's quite popular to bash Pres. Bush and the Right over this horrible event, how does that help to raise money for the victims? Moreover, how do square Mr. West's rambling commentary with the fact that:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.
There certainly may yet be some real blame to lay at the President's feet over this tragedy, but blanket statements that he doesn't care about black people, as well as the rest of race-baiting nonsense being bandied about, are down right irresponsible.

**UPDATE**
Mr. West displays his formidable mental acuity here (he was, after all, recently dubbed "the smartest man in pop music" by Time Magazine). (h/t to Michelle Malkin)

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