Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kanye West's Comments

[Kanye West]Appearing two-thirds through the program, he 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.”

“I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. See a white family, it says they’re looking for food.”

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These were snippets from comments made by West at last night's fundraising event for Hurricane Katrina victims. There are those who could argue that West was unwise in choosing his forum for voicing this opinion. Honestly, it was nothing but the truth and it needed to be said. If they had issued the response that they'd given to the tsunami victims, the victims of EVERY other hurricane that hit Florida, 9/11, the earthquake victims in California, etc. (I could go on forever) there wouldn't have been a need for him to say that at ANY event. Poor folks (mostly black) have been living amongst the dead for going on a week now. They've been living amongst their own sewerage for going on a week now. People that need insulin, oxygen, dialysis, etc. have been without their medication and treatments for going on a week now. My stepbrother, as a cop, is still there. He said that the death toll, not from the storm or the flooding, but the waiting is in the HUNDREDS. They didn't get food or water. If any of you have ever been in New Orleans in August, you will know that the heat is no punk. From what I understand, the temps were up to 94, which probably made the heat index rise to 100+.

The only reason they received ANYTHING yesterday, was because Ted Koppel totally EMBARRASSED Michael Brown (I believe a FEMA representative) on Nightline Thursday night. Michael Brown actually said that he did not know that there were people without food and water. That is what they were crying out on EVERY news station. They said that help needed to be requested. Did the tsunami victims request help? Or folks from 9/11? Don't get me wrong, I am in NO way undermining those tragedies, but they are hallmarks of what CAN be done when the government wants to give a damn. If the government wanted to invade New Orleans, they could do it in two days TOPS.

The fact is, the government does NOT give a damn about what happens to a bunch of niggers. I have friends that are STILL missing. My son and daughter's family, I realized the other day, are still unaccounted for. On Yahoo's news site, there are two pictures: one of a young white couple that "finds" food in a local grocery store in New Orleans, the other of a young black man who "loots" food from a local grocery store in New Orleans. This man wasn't taking Nikes, computers or anything else. He was taking food because NOBODY saw the need to provide for almost 100,000 people stranded in one of America's most popular and culturally rich places. Because nothing was left but a bunch of niggers. It's not a pretty thing to say, it's not a nice thing to say, but it's the truth. In Mississippi and Alabama, the people were allowed to walk around the city. The people were allowed to take...scratch that, were GIVEN food, by the people of those states. In New Orleans, they were caged in like a bunch of animals. The National Guard that WAS there stood outside of the Convention Center with shotguns and would not allow the people to get out. What does that sound like a recipe for? Creating a bunch of "wild ass niggas" to parade in front of America so that the federal government can show their lack of action as justified.

There were reports of shots being "heard" and it was assumed that they were being fired at the rescue vehicles. No one gave thought to the possibility that the shots were being fired to get attention because it was someone who was desperate or, in fact, dying. And THAT, my friends, is how the media and the government twists things and in turn, it twists our minds because it is in our nature (mine too) to take what we hear and see and never give thought to the fact that the facts could be twisted. If you really think about what you see, yes, there are a bunch of wild, ignorant muthafuckas that are looting. But they're looping the same tape over and over and over again. There were two white boys looting too. I only saw each of them ONCE. There are THOUSANDS of people at the Dome and the Convention Center, and they're just sitting there. Not fighting, not doing anything but wanting help and dying in the process and it sickens me that the government is letting it happen.

So, could West have chosen a "better" forum for voicing his opinion? Maybe. But tell me when there is EVER the proper forum for saying the harsh things that need to be said.

9 comments:

G. Cornelius Harris said...

Thats why he gets my respect...I'll keep you posted

Ashley said...

the international asshole... I love him... it's always a great thing to be able to express your thoughts without caring what the big wigs are gonna think or do!

I'm trying to think of a landing post for you... well... several... but I'm just like... fuck the U.S. right now... just pull out ya map and where you land, you land... THEN... save ya money and get you and your family to another country

I hear Sweden is the shiznit! They take care of the families... families get free shit all the time!

Ashley said...

BTW...
could you email an address where I can send some things to help you and yours out?

I've donated money, but I still feel like I haven't done a damn thing!

Ashley said...

sorry...
email is eabolton221@yahoo.com

Mak said...

Okay I've found her. (been looking for a Naw'lins native to give me some inside insight to whats going on) It looks like your safely out of harms way and I'm glad for it. It also looks like you've come to some of the same conclusions that I have. I start work at FEMA's intake call center sometime this week and I will get to hear the "real" stories from real AMERICANS (fuck everybody calling our citizens in our own country "refugees") about what is going on and I PROMISE you will hear about them (in almost real time)at my blog. Nice meeting you.

Kewi said...

Hey Mel,
Glad to hear that you are okay. I am working on getting something to you. This situation has angered me so much. I am thinking about moving to Canada or just renouncing my american citizenship (as i have dual citizanship). I have aunts and cousins that are still in NOLA. Prayers are with you.....

Who would have thought citizen of US would every be considered refugees in their own country

And americans wonder why those outside of this country dislike us... now we know why..

My prayers are with you...

Aziza said...

I pray that your son and daughter's family will be found. But, Sista, you put it down. You simply told it like it was.

POPS said...

truer words ain't been spoken. he earned points with me...especially since he was noticeable nervous and anxious. continue being well and know that folks in the bean that don't even know you have you in their thoughts.

Amadeo said...

"When you have the voice to say something, say something." I hate when they get on that it's not right forum. The right forum is when people are listening.