Kayne West "Departs" From Script

NBC broadcasted a celebrity Katrina telethon tonight. In general, it was an unremarkable event, except for a certain two minute segment.

Kayne West (who is this guy anyway?) appeared on camera with Mike Myers to deliver a tag-team plea for cash. Myers delivered his lines with the sort of drama you’d expect, but when it was West’s turn, he decided that the speech he was to intone wasn’t quite his style, so he ditched the cue card and instead, stumbled and stammered his way through a Bush slam.

You gotta feel for Mike Myers. You can see him becoming uncomfortable throughout the segment, but still trying to keep his composure. He was doing O.K. until West blurted out, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people”. Mike’s “quick turn of the head” toward West spoke volumes. Too bad the camera cut away. I have a feeling Mike wanted to slug him.

So, congratulations Kayne. NBC issued a statement saying they think you’re nuts, and the American Red Cross was forced to pull out the “we’re a neutral, impartial organization” speech.

You ruined the event, you idiot.

UPDATE: Kanye West booed by football crowd.

UPDATE II: ‘George Bush Hates Midgets‘ 

Comments

  1. I’m in total agreement with you, Bill. Kanye West’s real motive is to sell his new album, NOT to gather aid for the victims of Katrina. Instead, he made a complete idiot out of himself in front of millions. I knew fully well who Kanye was before his latest appearance and respected him for how far he has made it in the buisness.. but I have no respect for him now. I applaud Mike Myers for keeping his composure.. now THERE’S someone who truly wants to help.

  2. Your numbers are off Madellaine. 67.25% of the New Orleans population is black.

    This all has to do with the numbers. It’s only logical that there’s more black people still left in New Orleans. There’s more of them to get out. I mean, the black population in N.O. is double that of the white population. More than double.

    And no, many American’s don’t pay attention to pop culture because it’s stupid, pointless, and rots brains. Kanye didn’t even have anything important to say. He was just rambling. I don’t even know if he meant to say what he did. Probably just fell outta his mouth along with all the other poopie. Who knows.

    Either way, it’s wrong. The numbers show that there should be mostly black people left in the city. It’s not because the government hates black people, it’s in the numbers!

    I can’t stress enough how much the numbers mean. I should know, numbers are my life. Anyone with half a brain should see that the truth lies in the numbers.

  3. “Who is this guy anyway?” Well, since it was a celebrity telethon, common sense should tell you that he’s a celebrity. If you are an american and part of the so-called “great melting pot” than you would be aware of all aspects of american culture. Unless you’ve been living in the cloudy bubble of white culture, you should know that Kanye West dominated the Grammy Awards this year, he was nominated for ten awards, won a Grammy, as well as produced hits for Alicia Keys and others. He’s intelligent and has intelligent parents (his father has several doctorates), so don’t reply and try paint him as some poor, dumb ghetto kid. For future reference, if you are uninformed, take the time to look it up. If you simply don’t care to, stay ignorant but don’t speak out of ignorance.

    Now, you say he “stummbled and stammered his way through a Bush slam.” He’s little over 25 years old. He was on national television, live, deviating from a script about a subject that’s turned into a socio-policitical issue (not his field). You don’t suppose that he could be, oh, nervous or upset?

    Kanye West had the courage to stand up and speak the truth about how the media in this country portrays blacks (“looters” in this case, “thugs” in others) as opposed to its white counteparts (“looking for food” in this case, “suspects” in others), he then spoke about his regrets about not taking immediate action himself, he acknowledged the efforts of the Red Cross, asked for everyone to help in anyway they could, and his very last statement was that “Bush doesn’t care about black people”. Was Bush slamming all you heard?

    Are you not aware that politicians rarely care about citizens who overwhelmingly voted against them?
    Are you not aware of the fact that Bush is a big business-loving Republican? Why would he care about blacks, the underclass, or the disenfranchised? Not only that, the Tsunami was a complete surprise. Katrina was predicted over a year ago and look at the contrast of how each situation was handled by our govenment and emergency services. (see article: http://www.indyweek.com/durham/2004-09-22/cover.html)

    As for Mike Meyers, from my point of view he didn’t seem all that uncomfortable, with the exception of being shocked (as anyone would be) by Kanye’s last statement. From my point of view, there’s a point in time where Meyers seems to nod in agreement. You are, again, speaking out of ignorance when you assume what Meyers is thinking. You can only say it is in your anything-but-humble opinion.
    (See video clip at http://michaelmoore.com, scroll to bottom, lower left)

    So congratulation go to Kanye West. Although Republican-backed NBC had to say what they did to protect the station, I and many others applaud you for having the courage to speak out.

    As for the Red Cross being a neutral and impartial organization. If they were, then since 80% of the population in New Orleans are black, then 80% of thos evacuees aided by them should be black.

    So far, that’s not reflected in the faces of the victims saved in the CNN clips. We shall see.

  4. I agree with Kanye West. George Bush doesnt care because if he did, those people would have had food and water 5 days ago, and you wonder why they were looting. Because they had no food. If there were white elderly people and white babies alongside dead bodies in the street, trust me our racist president would have been there on day 2 to help them. How can you say the things that you say unless you too, dont care about black people. Helping those people get out of the city and giving them adequate food, water and shelter is what every American citizen deserves. Not just white people

  5. It’s not like Kayne said anything that didn’t need to be said. It is not just George Bush, but it is American society in general that has never cared about its black citizens. Its time that people say what is on their minds!

  6. Paying Attention says:

    Kayne West didn’t say anything radical. Many people feel that George W. and the rest of the government don’t care about them. That’s not their job, and if you believe that it is, you’re simply naive.

    And speaking of jobs, do folks know that Mike Brown (FEMA) was fired from his last job for incompetence? Condi Rice was in shopping for shoes at the height of the Katrina disaster, and Cheney is still on vacation.

    It’s black people today, but poor whites are just as vulnerable. Money is what saves you in this country. You’d better have a good deal of it because even if you’re well off, you probably don’t half enough money to upgrade a levy, or avert the impact of this kind of disaster. Hope that you’re never struck by bad luck.

    Hold on to your money, don’t get caught in a hurricane, don’t get cancer if you don’t have medical insurance, don’t think, and for god sakes don’t deviate from the script if you’re ever on a telethon.

    Oh, and don’t worry too much about Mike Meyers I’m sure he’s just fine.

  7. Jamaal Miller says:

    Kayne’s reaction to these events is very natural. He is afterall a man seeing thru our media channels, a majority of people of his race wasting away, desperate, and helpless. Kayne and many other people of his race may be feeling very ashamed at what they are seeing and a lot of the country and world are seeing too. When someone is ashamed and threatened they are going to lash out and look to blame something or someone. This is human nature, yes, and I believe irrational as well.

  8. from another websire…something for all you Bush bashers to think about…

    WHY DIDN’T YOU DEPLOY THE BUSES DURING THE MANDATORY EVACUATION, MAYOR?…

    Louisiana disaster plan, pg 13, para 5 , dated 01/00

    ‘The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating’…

  9. This isn’t about politics, it’s about humanity…and looking from over here (Australia) it sure looks like that’s one thing a lot of American bible bashing white folks have very little of when it comes to anybody who is of a different opinion, race or culture. It was disturbing in Iraq, and it’s totally disgusting now in New Orleans. These people were left behind like so much trash, and nobody put their hand up to get them out in a hurry…because nobody wants a bunch of underprivileged coloured people camping on their nicely manicured front lawn. It’s the same attitude that has people make smart-ass remarks about ‘who is this guy anyway’ in this very column. It doesn’t really matter ‘who’ he is…what matters is the reality he was prepared to speak up about. And oh dear “he deviated from the script” of white-wash that they feed to the masses. Well this time, the real story got out…once again ignorance and arrogance in America has reared its ugly head for all the world to see. Do yourself a favour people: Read the news from an international perspective sometimes and catch up on what the world really
    thinks of the US…Yes, your president seriously sucks…but then, that’s not surprising…cause people like you voted for him!

  10. “About 10,000 US National Guard troops were deployed [in New Orleans] and were granted the authority to fire at and kill whom they wanted, upon the pretext of restoring order. This decision is an indication of the US administration’s militarist mentality, which regards killing as the only way to control even its own citizens. ” MORE WORLD PRESS HERE:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4211320.stm

  11. Hmm, in order
    1) Yes, Kanye’s parents are educated. They are also mind-numbingly stupid. The CIA brought crack into the ghetto? Umm, yeah, sure Sparky.

    2) Why would Bush care about people who didn’t support him? Umm, because he’s not a complete shit? Hell, I may not have liked the guy, but I doubt Clinton would have allowed people in states he didn’t carry die, either.

    This Bush hatred is incredibly irrational.

    3) NBC is Republican backed? I suppose even the tiniest shred of something closely resembling proof would be a bit too much to ask, eh?

    4) “If Bush cared, they’d have had food and water by now”.

    OK, how would it get there? Most of the city is flooded. There is NO infrastructure. There are no local officials (gee, thanks Nagin and Blanco) who can do anything.

    So, please, enlighten me as to how the supplies could get somewhere flooded with armed maniacs driving around looting everything?

    5) Plenty of whites are suffering. Why are there so many blacks? Well, as pointed out, blacks are a rather dominant majority of the city’s inhabitants.

    6) “If you cared about blacks, you’d want them to get out of the city”. Well, we do. And Mayor Nagin had the means and authority to do so.

    Mayor Nagin, not shockingly, failed because he is an inept buffoon.

    7) Hmm, Condi bought shoes? OH MY GOD! What next? Did she…*gasp*…buy a matching purse?

    Man, that IS pure evil.

    8) Australia dude — you clearly don’t know the first thing about how federalism here works, so a few pointers
    — the GOVERNOR controls the Nat’l Guard. Bush did try to federalize them, but she fought it.

    — the MAYOR had an evacuation plan that called for him to use school buses and public transportation buses to evacuate the city. He failed. The federal government is not in existence to do the job of LOCAL governments.

    — Oh, as for not wanting refugees, you seem oblivious to the reality that numerous states are taking them in.

    — Anybody who thinks that moronic dolt Kanye West is worth hearing is seriously lacking intellect in their own right.

    He’s just a crappy rapper, folks. He’s not somebody one should ACTUALLY take seriously.

    9) And thank God Nat’l Guard troops are given orders to shoot to kill. There are psychopaths driving around killing and raping people in the remains of the city. You have to stop that activity as quickly and forcefully as possible.

    Or would you rather MORE people get killed and raped by the hooligans?

    Yeah, that’s compassion for you.

  12. Who the fuck Cares Anyway. says:

    Rich repubicans Black or White (yes, I spelled it that way) don’t care about poor people to begin with. But if you happen to be a poor white person then you are better off anyway. I want to be a poor white person….at least I can get treated better by other ignorant minorities.
    At least I would get George Bush to sit down with me and take a picture for the New York Post. At least I wouldnt have to be trapped in a Make-shift concentration camp with other stink black people and treated like I am some savage. At least I wouldn’t have to go and loot for items that the stores couldn’t re-sell anyway. —I mean where the hell am I going to go?!
    But the unfortunate reality is that I am BLack. And, to have the balls to go on National televison and say what you feel—-that is beyond being a man.—Wow. Kanye West pretty much gambled his reputation and other things by going up against the Largest Mafia in the world. All BLACK men should have that conviction! After all, it was on the Backs of slaves that this country was built, so we should enjoy the freedoms of being part of its Citizenry.
    Hmmm…
    Mike Myers is Canadian…I think its automatic that he is equally as distrustful of our government. That is why I believe he was uncomfortable becasue he doesn’t want to die!

    This disaster has made me think of alot of things:

    1)What the fuck am I doing typing some thing on this bullshit website so that outside observers can tally who is having independent thoughts.
    Yes, I think outside the box, and Dumb white & black people should too!!
    2)I am ashamed of being a part of this society..
    It truly makes me want to cry! I fell Hatred…intense hatred for my fellow ‘Citizens’ who reply to web blogs on this event by calling my people “Apes, and savage niggers”. Look it up in Google under NEWS.
    3)All those people trapped in the superdome! Trapped because the National Gaurd will not let them leave.
    4)People are dying, and the Military would not help them. ARghhhhhhH!!!!!
    5)Why do people talk about donating when our Welfare backed corporations should automatically give to those areas where there profits are generated! They can afford it, plus they have the SUPPLIES!!!!!
    6)Kanye, Diddy, Oprah, Jay-Z, etc…(Black entertainers who actually put their $$$ where their mouth was and gave millions…what did you do?
    7) And most importantly, for those dumb assholes who base their OBJECTIVITY on the Media—Even Harry Connick Jr. (guess Correspondent on NBC) asked the question, ” How come I was able to drive my car into the city”? He contributed as well.

  13. All of you people who said Kanye is wrong are really insane. He is telling the truth and you white folks can’t handle it. You all can kiss my white ass and right now I’m ashamed to be white because of you comments.

  14. I am a slave and I like it says:

    Also, for someone sooooo objective MikeSC, you claim to know the intelligence quotient of Kanye’s Parents? Where is your evidence?

    Rape…who? the tourists? Oh God f**k forbis that some white women will get raped by a black man or MEN! GASP!!
    WHERES THE F******G PROOF!!!!
    Oh wait the Police were “reported as saying…” that there were reaps occuring.
    Can anyone use thier 10% for a moment.
    What is a great way to get the nation to back you slowly on your genocide tactic?—> By saying those savages areraping innocent women, especially ripe white women!
    Damn those N*****s!!! Shoot to kill Pa!
    Hmmmm….Brilliant. Similiar tactics have worked before.

    Condi…I won’t touch that!

    Give me Free

  15. “They killed a man here last night,” Steve Banka, 28, told the Reuters news agency before he left on Sunday.
    A body lies face down in water next to the Superdome. Death was everywhere, both inside and outside the Superdome
    “A young lady was being raped and stabbed. And the sounds of her screaming got to this man and so he ran out into the street to get help from troops, to try to flag down a passing truck of them. He jumped up on the truck’s windscreen and they shot him dead,” Mr Banka said.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4213214.stm

  16. Joe, Kayne West’s parents are not stupid. Google the CIA’s involvement in assassinations of black social activists in the 1970s. You will understand why other speculations have been made about the CIA. Reporter Gary Webb was the one who linked the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking. I think most whites don’t know about these things. The government has done alot of shady things in black communities including secret medical experiments. Many blacks know this, but whites are unaware.

  17. Well, first of all to all the squares who don’t know Kanye West in a Grammy nominated rapper/producer. What he said in the Telethon wasn’t apart of the script, but none the less true. While the U.S. sends millions of dollars( quickly I might add) to rebuild foreign countries. There was no quick response to the Katrina disaster. You have announcers bemoaning how can this happen in America, people dying in the streets. Kanye was only speaking his mind, and a view a lots on minorities and poor folk think.

  18. The Kanye is being honest. But he is also showing the FRUSTRATION that alot of people have with the situation in New Orleans. The TV has shown WHITE PEOPLE stealing food and clothes, but say they are doing what they have to do to survive… The TV has shown BLACK PEOPLE stealing and call it LOOTING… come on! if you poor and black, stranded, hungry, cold, and no FEDERAL HELP has come to you for 4 days. What do you expect? Maybe Kanye shouldn’t have said what he said there… but trust me… 100% of the people still in NEW ORLEANS without help, WHITE, BLACK, or whatever would AGREE WITH HIM!

  19. NBC is Republican backed. That could end up being one of the most amusing statements of this century.

    If they’re not left I dunno what is.

  20. Congratulations to the brilliant commenter at IP address 69.153.3.149. You’ve been permanently banned from adding any more comments to this site.

    Let’s have intelligent dialog here people. Keep it clean, keep it civil. Otherwise, you’ll join the commenter above.

    The management.

  21. Why is it that when the tsunami hit Bush gave millions of dollars to the victims and he can’t even do that for his own country? He asks the citizins to donate. A majority of us don’t even have enough money to get by as it is. So he can give millions and millions of dollars to other countries but he can’t even do that for his own country. There is something wrong there. Hes running this country into the ground. Look at gas prices. Everything is getting increasingly higher priced. So we have to deal with that and oh yeah Mr Bush wants us to give our money to help. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t donate. Thats good to donate. And yes we should donate, but we shouldn’t have to be the ones to donate all the money. The government should be the one to give the money. And now with insurance companies owing billions of dollars to people, taxes are going to go up. But thats bush for you. Doesn’t do anything to help this country. He will be are demise. He ruined this country.

  22. Judah Ben-Hur says:

    In my opinion Mr. West has no idea what a racist is. Making statements without the facts is dangerous especially about someone he does not know. Mr. West should use his talent to help promote peace and respect and refrain from making racist comments about the President of the United States.
    Mr. West is an American Citizen not a Black radical. I wonder how he would do in Iraq?

    Mr. West use your money and celebrity status to help those that need it and leave the politics alone.

    Stay away from the arena of lions or you may soon find out who is the predator and the prey!

  23. “Also, for someone sooooo objective MikeSC, you claim to know the intelligence quotient of Kanye’s Parents? Where is your evidence?”

    Anybody who claims that crack was introduced by the CIA, as his parents taught him, is an idiot.

    I don’t care if they have college degrees. One can easily have a college degree and be a flipping idiot.

  24. “Rape…who? the tourists? Oh God f**k forbis that some white women will get raped by a black man or MEN! GASP!!
    WHERES THE F******G PROOF!!!!
    Oh wait the Police were “reported as saying…” that there were reaps occuring.
    Can anyone use thier 10% for a moment.
    What is a great way to get the nation to back you slowly on your genocide tactic?—> By saying those savages areraping innocent women, especially ripe white women!
    Damn those N*****s!!! Shoot to kill Pa!
    Hmmmm….Brilliant. Similiar tactics have worked before.”

    You know, if this is true — why would the National Guard be needed at all? If the violence was overstated (it was a black guy who claimed blacks were resorting to cannibalism), then the Nat’l Guard are just superfluous.

    “Joe, Kayne West’s parents are not stupid. Google the CIA’s involvement in assassinations of black social activists in the 1970s. You will understand why other speculations have been made about the CIA. Reporter Gary Webb was the one who linked the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking. I think most whites don’t know about these things.”

    Actually, that story was rather thoroughly and extensively debunked. You might need to pay closer attention to reality.

    “Why is it that when the tsunami hit Bush gave millions of dollars to the victims and he can’t even do that for his own country?”

    Hint: 10.5B > “millions”

    “Hes running this country into the ground. Look at gas prices. Everything is getting increasingly higher priced.”

    The curse of future trading, insufficient refining capacity, and about 15 different blends of gasoline for the country.

    “Well, first of all to all the squares who don’t know Kanye West in a Grammy nominated rapper/producer. What he said in the Telethon wasn’t apart of the script, but none the less true.”

    So, can you provide any tiny sliver of evidence to back up his claims? Come on, if they’re true, some evidence should be forthcoming.

    Prove that Bush doesn’t care about minorities. Feel free.

    And him being Grammy nominated does not make him educated or even remotely interesting. It just means he’s a crappy rapper (yes, a redundant term) who the Grammy voters (rocket scientists all) think is just neato.

    “Kanye was only speaking his mind, and a view a lots on minorities and poor folk think.”

    Then a lot of minorities and poor folk believe lies and lack critical thinking skills.

    “The TV has shown WHITE PEOPLE stealing food and clothes, but say they are doing what they have to do to survive… The TV has shown BLACK PEOPLE stealing and call it LOOTING”

    Such as…when?

    Come on, a single example. You can do it.

    “if you poor and black, stranded, hungry, cold, and no FEDERAL HELP has come to you for 4 days. What do you expect?”

    Well, stealing TV’s seems a little useless in that situation.

  25. I can’t believe some of the statements some of you are making. Those of you who bash blacks and continue to make everything a political issue need to wake up and realize that this is about humanity. Don’t some of you have compasson, feelings, and sympathy for the less fortunate? What ever happened to the idea of people helping out their common man? It is abundantly clear the government failed to provide the victims with services and supplies when emergency response is probably one of the most important functions of our government. The people put in charge of the Homeland Security department weren’t qualified to deal with this one bit. Who appointed them? Guess! People can disect this issue all day, but the fact of the matter is we should all be ashamed to be citizens of this country right now. This country has made a turn for the worst over the last several years. Think about it! Our society is so divided now. The US wasn’t like that before 9/11. The general public now tends to make everything a political or religion based issue. I don’t care if you are a republican or democrat because THAT DOESN’T MATTER! We need to stand up and fight to make this country better because if we don’t, our freedom could be taken from us.

  26. This is for he people that disagree with Kanye, if you are not black, or finacially unstable you probably don’t understand where he’s coming from. And to say that he’s stupid your guilty of that as well because everyone is entitled to an opinon. And being african-american I agree with Kanye. It’s pittyful to have those people marinating in feces infested waters, starving, and ordering soliders to shoot and kill looters.(people that looking for their next meal). Where is the sense in that decision? Also for those of you sheltered uninformed caucasions-americans, that don’t think that the CIA, or government for that fact, had anything to do with crack-cocain era and the poor black community are dead wrong and should try and NOT comment on things that you really don’t know about. Think about this how did crack get here? Planes. Do poor blacks own planes? NO!! Also cocaine was first introduced to us(afro-americans) by the white man. Also may I add it was wealthy caucasion-americans as a matter of fact. Because cocaine is an expensive drug. So for all you IGNORANT white folks yall might want to stand down! AND YOU CAN COMMENT ON ANYTHING I SAID IT WON’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNMENT DON’T GIVE TWO FLIPS ABOUT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION THAT AREN’T A** KISSING UNCLE TOMS!

  27. “Don’t some of you have compasson, feelings, and sympathy for the less fortunate? What ever happened to the idea of people helping out their common man? It is abundantly clear the government failed to provide the victims with services and supplies when emergency response is probably one of the most important functions of our government.”

    Which is a little hard with anarchy in the streets. If the utterly inept NO and LA governments had managed to maintain control — this wouldn’t be an issue.

    And 72 hours for the federal government to get into action is lightning quick.

    “The people put in charge of the Homeland Security department weren’t qualified to deal with this one bit. Who appointed them? Guess! People can disect this issue all day, but the fact of the matter is we should all be ashamed to be citizens of this country right now. This country has made a turn for the worst over the last several years. Think about it! Our society is so divided now. The US wasn’t like that before 9/11.”

    Umm, WHAT?

    The country only got divided under Bush?

    Yeah, hold on to that.

    “I don’t care if you are a republican or democrat because THAT DOESN’T MATTER!”

    Provided, of course, that you get to bash Bush.

    “This is for he people that disagree with Kanye, if you are not black, or finacially unstable you probably don’t understand where he’s coming from.”

    Kanye ain’t exactly financially unstable.

    “And to say that he’s stupid your guilty of that as well because everyone is entitled to an opinon.”

    When he states something completely incorrect, it needs to be mentioned.

    “Also for those of you sheltered uninformed caucasions-americans, that don’t think that the CIA, or government for that fact, had anything to do with crack-cocain era and the poor black community are dead wrong and should try and NOT comment on things that you really don’t know about.”

    You know, you could provide EVIDENCE of this.

    But, I suppose you don’t need facts when you have irrational emotion.

    ” Think about this how did crack get here? Planes. Do poor blacks own planes? NO!!”

    But RICH blacks do.

    Thus, crack is Jesse Jackson’s fault.

    That was easy. And as factually accurate as “The CIA brought crack into the inner cities”

    “Also cocaine was first introduced to us(afro-americans) by the white man.”

    Proof will, of course, soon follow, right? Surely you’re not just making stuff up, are you?

    “Also may I add it was wealthy caucasion-americans as a matter of fact. Because cocaine is an expensive drug. So for all you IGNORANT white folks yall might want to stand down! AND YOU CAN COMMENT ON ANYTHING I SAID IT WON’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNMENT DON’T GIVE TWO FLIPS ABOUT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION THAT AREN’T A** KISSING UNCLE TOMS!”

    Ah, so the only valid blacks are the ones who agree with you?

    Pretty open minded of you.

    “Well most of you will sit in denial, primarily because your white and blind ot the fact of what is really going on int his country today and in the past. I do commend the few, so few of whites that are willing to acknowledge the truth about this country. Please read this:”

    So only whites can recognize factual reality?

    Pretty insulting towards black guys, there.

  28. Ill say this, I am proud of my fellow brother Kayne West for saying what should be said about white america. Well most of you will sit in denial, primarily because your white and blind ot the fact of what is really going on int his country today and in the past. I do commend the few, so few of whites that are willing to acknowledge the truth about this country. Please read this:

    http://seamonkey.ed.asu.edu/~mcisaac/emc598ge/Unpacking.html

  29. I’m not here to say I know everything or much at all…i would just like to commment on how blind, immature, and uneducated some of you are. Instead of criticizing, make an effort to help. If you think the relief effort is all wrong, than blogging is not going to help. Here, let’s put you in charge of a city entirely covered in water and see what you do with it and how fast…I don’t care how much you prepare, this defies what we could have imagined. Stop arguing, stop bitching, stop seeing color…just help or shut up.

  30. All that Kanye was doing was expressing his emotions, what does a guy do when he sees all this nonsense on TV?

    Screw the script, there is no doubt that theres mostly blacks left in New Orleans. 5 days, no food, no water, people and babies dying, the stench of defecation in the street, violence, havoc, its all there.THE HEAT, wow man its hotter than Houston in that place.

    Hes stumbling because he is getting so emotional. He, in my eyes, really cares.

    Madellaine

    How is he trying to promote his album? He probobly is donating more than an average person makes in a few years of pay.

    “Who is this guy?” for those who say that when you here Kanye West, go check out his latest album Late Registration, its pretty awsome.

    Its kinda funny to see some news reporter’s comments on this; some just skewing this whole event to dis a black man. I don’t know much I’m only 15. lol. rofl. haha. lmao.

  31. Hm, I really doubt any of you people actually live down here in the affected areas on Hurricane Katrina, because then you would have realized that arguing all of this is pointless. I’m glad you all care and everything, but bitching about what some enraged, “anti-racist”, Bush-hating celebrity said, and if it’s okay or not…IS NOT GOING TO SAVE LIVES.
    People are dying of starvation, thirst, rapes, brutality, black or white.
    I practically lived in New Orleans my entire life. It is(..was..) predominately black, so, of course, most of the people you will see on the news..will be black.
    So what if the fucking news stories make it seem like a racial issue? It’s not. There’s a bigger problem here, did you forget about that?
    White or black, people are having to wade around in stagnant, polluted, sewage water, or sit on their rooftops, because their homes are inhabitable. Others have lost their homes completely.
    Hindsight is 20/20, the government is doing what they can, while people are shooting at the helicopters trying to save them. Those people are scared to no end, so they go back to primal instincts, to take care of themselves. They would have been out a long time ago, but some people are making it difficult. Who cares how long it took, it’s happening now, they are taking the necessary steps to get people out of there.
    Here’s a question, besides bitching? Who’s actually DONE something to help? You know, something like donating?

  32. To you miss Missy my unit is going down there to do what we can. What are you doing sweetheart? This question also go out to the rest you who are just typing words and not meaning or feeling jack.

  33. “Screw the script, there is no doubt that theres mostly blacks left in New Orleans. 5 days, no food, no water, people and babies dying, the stench of defecation in the street, violence, havoc, its all there.THE HEAT, wow man its hotter than Houston in that place.”

    Difference between that and “America doesn’t care about blacks”.

    When the majority of the city is black, the people remaining in the city, logically, would be black.

    “How is he trying to promote his album? He probobly is donating more than an average person makes in a few years of pay.”

    He’s promoting Kanye West, his only concern.

    “To you miss Missy my unit is going down there to do what we can. What are you doing sweetheart? This question also go out to the rest you who are just typing words and not meaning or feeling jack.”

    I’m donating to the American Red Cross. I could go down there, but I’d simply be in the way.

  34. Yes, if the majority of the city was black, it makes sense that most of the people remaining should be black. It doesn’t, however, make sense that 90% or more of the remaining people should be black if only 2/3rds of N.O. was black before the flooding.

    And can anyone prove that Bush doesn’t hate black people (especially poor black people, which is an important consideration since blacks are disproportionately poor)? I mean, really, can you? For example, has he done anything to prevent the systematic disenfrnchisment of black people in state and national elections? Has he supported affirmative action, or even taken action on reducing the taxes for the poor like he has for the rich? Is he trying to provide subsidized housing or medical coverage for low-income citizens? Don’t try to make a clear differentiation betwen income and race, because the numbers indicate that the two are closely related.

    On the other hand, I’m sure the black poor remaining in N.O. are hugely comforted by Bush’s reassuring words that he’s looking forward to sitting on the porch of Trent Lott’s house that was destroyed, after Trent rebuilds it better than ever. Thankfully, Trent Lott has more than 1 house to live in.

    To those Bush apologists who also suggest that no one could have foreseen devestation on this level, the fact remains that it had long been predicted that a level-5 hurricane could cause exactly such a situation as we’re seeing now. It also remains true that Bush cut funding for work into reinforcing the levies and protective infrastructure around N.O. Many people had predicted this disaster, but it’s a lot more politically expedient to forget that.

    Finally, here are the pictures showing how white people “find” things, while black people loot:
    http://www.boingboing.net/2005/08/30/black_people_loot_wh.html

  35. This Kanye guy is just as much a looter as the people stealing non-survival items during the disaster. Here he is given an oppurtunity to help and instead steals the air time to push his own agenda.

    If Mr. West is so outright disgusted with this country and it’s leader ship, prehaps he should find another country to call home. I am sure that the city of Bam in Iran would be happy to have him, how about anywhere in Sudan or even Iraq. Let him go to one of those country’s and complain about race.

  36. He just told it as it is. If you dont see that then it’s time to wake up.

  37. WOW, you guys are really serious to think that Kanye West did something bad. And yes, the government DID bring crack to the ghetto!!! Do you know why the vietnam war is aka the heroin war?? cuz the gov’t stuffed heroin into the dead soldiers bodies to bring it back into the u.s.

    and yea they could have gotten them food quick regardless of flooding. im not sure what yr u live in, but theres something called boats. they actually float in water and they come in all types of sizes to carry what needs to be carried

    like a cruise ship, im VERY sure someone could have jus takin a cruise ship from like florida, stuffed food in it, took a one-day trip to N.O. and jus gave food away

    the army has huge helicopters that can lift thousands of lbs of food… instead, the national coast guard (who are actually the good people for some reason, with small ass helicopters that can only hold about 3 extras) were helping out

    shoot whoever to presume justice?? they;re fuckin hungry and food will spoil eventually, so y not make use of it??

    obviously you guys still dont realize that not only does he not care about black people, but he doesnt care at all!!! he’s taking pictures and signing autographs…. go fuckin give cpr or feed some children u fuckin idiot!!!

    and seriously, water is too soft to break down a wall, fill ur room up to the ceiling with water, u tell me if ur wall is going to break!! i think that was all setup!!! water… breaking a wall??? i understand a big crack cuz of erosion, but a huge gap???

    and you know what, the mayor was talkin shit about getting buses and all that, thats tru, but he was relying on the gov’t also you fuckin idiots y do u think he was yellin too??? wow, u guys jus dun see the bigger picture huh

    mike meyers sounds intelligent? look at his eyes, left to right as he’s reading the telprompter, thats not intelligent, thats what the white man who runs the white shows wrote for you ignorant fuck heads to believe!!!!

    would cnn ever say ‘we think bush doesnt care’
    ofcourse not, not cuz they scared, cuz remember, we do have freedom of speech, but because they ran by the whites

    and thank you to the man from australia who said that we should watch the news from an internation perspective to see how bad america got it right now LOL

    bye u idiots!!!

  38. “Yes, if the majority of the city was black, it makes sense that most of the people remaining should be black. It doesn’t, however, make sense that 90% or more of the remaining people should be black if only 2/3rds of N.O. was black before the flooding.”

    And you have figures backing up this 90% figure somewhere, right?

    “And can anyone prove that Bush doesn’t hate black people (especially poor black people, which is an important consideration since blacks are disproportionately poor)?”

    Seeing as how the accusation is made that Bush hates black people (in spite of having blacks in position of power in his Cabinet from the beginning) — it’s not anybody’s job to prove he doesn’t.

    It’s YOUR job to prove he does. And you have just admitted you cannot.

    “I mean, really, can you? For example, has he done anything to prevent the systematic disenfrnchisment of black people in state and national elections?”

    There HASN’T been “systematic disenfranchisement”, hate to break it to you.

    “Has he supported affirmative action, or even taken action on reducing the taxes for the poor like he has for the rich?”

    Hmm, the poor, by and large, don’t PAY income taxes. Sorry, but they don’t.

    And, affirmative action is racism. Like it or not. But, you support racism, as long as benefits the group you support, apparently.

    “Is he trying to provide subsidized housing or medical coverage for low-income citizens?”

    That’s the federal government’s job?

    Wow, that is news.

    “To those Bush apologists who also suggest that no one could have foreseen devestation on this level, the fact remains that it had long been predicted that a level-5 hurricane could cause exactly such a situation as we’re seeing now. It also remains true that Bush cut funding for work into reinforcing the levies and protective infrastructure around N.O.”

    Ignoring that the responsibility for keeping up N.O’s infrastructure is the job of New Orleans and Louisiana, not Washington.

    “WOW, you guys are really serious to think that Kanye West did something bad. And yes, the government DID bring crack to the ghetto!!!”

    Feel free to provide evidence.

    “Do you know why the vietnam war is aka the heroin war?? cuz the gov’t stuffed heroin into the dead soldiers bodies to bring it back into the u.s.”

    Hmm, proof of this would also be nice.

    “and yea they could have gotten them food quick regardless of flooding.”

    No chance the roving bands of psychos would have stolen it. No sir.

    Try and read up on the basics of logistics.

    “im not sure what yr u live in, but theres something called boats. they actually float in water and they come in all types of sizes to carry what needs to be carried”

    In case you missed it, aid is arriving.

    “ike a cruise ship, im VERY sure someone could have jus takin a cruise ship from like florida, stuffed food in it, took a one-day trip to N.O. and jus gave food away”

    Yeah, no problems getting a cruise ship into downtown N.O. Yeah, NO problem with that at all.

    “the army has huge helicopters that can lift thousands of lbs of food… instead, the national coast guard (who are actually the good people for some reason, with small ass helicopters that can only hold about 3 extras) were helping out”

    Except there is nowhere to land, no way to distribute the food, etc.

    But don’t let reality slow you down…

    “shoot whoever to presume justice?? they;re fuckin hungry and food will spoil eventually, so y not make use of it??”

    Considering that they’re targeting armed people shooting at folks and people looting such idiotic crap as electronics — your attempt at melodrama is more than a little false.

    “obviously you guys still dont realize that not only does he not care about black people, but he doesnt care at all!!! he’s taking pictures and signing autographs…. go fuckin give cpr or feed some children u fuckin idiot!!!”

    Gee, all Bush did was get the governor to demand a mandatory evacuation, name the area a disaster area before the store hit, and attempt to get Blanco to sign over control to the federal gov’t the weekend before the storm hit.

    Damn Bush didn’t do much, did he?

    “and seriously, water is too soft to break down a wall, fill ur room up to the ceiling with water, u tell me if ur wall is going to break!! i think that was all setup!!! water… breaking a wall??? i understand a big crack cuz of erosion, but a huge gap???”

    You might want to take remedial science.

    To give you a hint — water can break down MOUNTAINS.

    “and you know what, the mayor was talkin shit about getting buses and all that, thats tru, but he was relying on the gov’t also you fuckin idiots y do u think he was yellin too??? wow, u guys jus dun see the bigger picture huh”

    The mayor had several hundred buses he didn’t use when he could. He then wanted the federal gov’t to send buses down into a flooded city?

    Yeah, good plan.

    “mike meyers sounds intelligent? look at his eyes, left to right as he’s reading the telprompter, thats not intelligent, thats what the white man who runs the white shows wrote for you ignorant fuck heads to believe!!!!”

    Yeah, FIGHT THE MAN!

    Racism is lovely.

    “would cnn ever say ‘we think bush doesnt care’
    ofcourse not, not cuz they scared, cuz remember, we do have freedom of speech, but because they ran by the whites”

    Yes, blacks have no freedom of speech.

    BWA HA HA HA!

    And, yes, I am openly mocking you now. Feel free to call me racist.

    “and thank you to the man from australia who said that we should watch the news from an internation perspective to see how bad america got it right now LOL

    bye u idiots!!!”

    Bye “killa”. Nice of you to fulfill a stereotype so thoroughly.

  39. Seth In Durham NC says:

    1998, I honeymooned in the Big Easy, yeah big deal. If you live there you knew it then and you are living it now, the Dirty Dirty has been waiting for this storm for 60 years.

    This, no matter what anyone says is still about a Cat 4 storm and a 50ft wall of water slamming the coast with 145+ sustained winds, residents knew for 3 days before hand and were told it was mandatory they leave, the people who are too poor to get out were Naggins responsibility, he did nothing, but give a speech. I really feel him and his aren’t getting enough blame because it’s much easier to sit and blame white people, white politicians and white society. That’s fine, I know me better than anyone else, and people like “Killa” don’t phase me a bit. Say what you want…but don’t tell me that the Double D doesn’t have “Black Faces in the Highest of Places”! Black mayor, Black population majority, ENTIRELY Black City Counsel, school board, and City planning and management.

    These are the people to blame, top to bottom. These are the people who built the BRAND NEW 17th St. Levee, that breeched. They are in charge…they failed their constituents.

    But it is that much easier to blame a hurricane on the white man, by in by there are people (who are black) who are still refusing to leave and have to but they won’t, so when they die or become ill from some god forsaken malady, who’s fault is it? Bush making them stay? No, but he will be blamed for their death and/or sickness – because it’s easier to point your finger than it is to tighten up your boot laces and take some ownership and responsibility for your own actions in the current situation.

    Next time the City Counsel of New Orleans misappropriates funds for Levee building to put Casino’s on the Riverwalk, maybe a black man will stand up to Black Authority and tell them this will not be tolerated.

    In the End, Kanye can do or say what ever he wants I guess, you still can’t yell Fire in a crowded theatre and call it Free Speech though…His actions are just a red herring, a distraction, from people actually taking responsiblity and ownership.

    God Bless the 2,000 or so people who were actually south of New Orleans that no longer exist, that no one evacuated because they were poor and Cajun…no they were not evacuated because they made a choice, and they paid with their lives.

  40. Hello, I just recently viewed what Kanye West said on the telethon. It is arguable whether his comments were appropriate or not. Personally, I feel like that was the best time for him to get his point across to people who otherwise would have never seen his face or known who he was. It was the best time for him to illustrate the racism that the goverment often perpetuates.
    And it is also arguable whether or not Bush cares about black people. Personally, I don’t believe Bush cares for too many people that are poor, whether they’re black or white. I do believe that he has prejudices and that they influenced his slow response to the primarily black city of New Orleans. I do believe that if it had been Crawford, Texas he would have responded sooner. Moreover, I do believe that he demonstrates partiality for certain U.S. citizens.
    However, it is NOT arguable whether it would be appropriate for someone to not donate to the Red Cross because of what Kanye West said. That’s ridiculous. It was a live show, and NBC had no way of stopping Kanye from practicing his freedom of speech. He has the right to say what he wants to say, a right that many other countries can’t boast of. If you want anyone to suffer because of what Kanye said, let it be Kanye, and not the Gulf Coast victims. THey don’t deserve to not receive a donation because you’re disgusted with Kanye West. That’s ridiculously stupid, ignorant, immature, and very unAmerican.
    People talk about us uniting as one, but they fail to realize that for people who can’t look to this country as their own country, they can’t consider themselves one with racist people. It’s hard to convince someone with the theme of unity when we live in a country where the President hesistatingly, reluctantly, and possibly grudgingly cut his vacation short to assess the damage of New Orleans from his jet. 5 days?!?!?! That is crazy!!! Come on, let’s push aside any partisan views and fix our country!
    Crystal Marie

  41. Kanyes statement is how he felt! Would it been stupid to you if he said Bush is doing a great job? I dont think so. So why is his opion stupid. Note: he is the only one speaking his mind (not reading from a fucking q card) does that say anything for the kind of person he is. And for Bush if this hit a rich district of Pennsylvania food would have been there 2 hours after they got hit. It makes no sense the news crews could get in there but own gov. couldnt. All they had to do was drop pallets of water and supplys in front of the convention center and stadium. And “shoot to kill” why would u want to shoot people that are stealing, are we in cambodia? No this is america. People that are stealing food are more than likely doing it becuase out own gov. cant supply them with it. and i sure as hell would steal clothes to get out of the nasty rotting ones i was in. The ones stealing tv’s have no justification but dont kill them for god sakes. Its just crazy to me how a man gets critized for speaking his mind. Just get them out of there, feed them, give them water, and finally help them out!

  42. I won’t bore anyone with my ignorant opinions of who deserves the blame for aftermath in New Orleans but I will comment on Kayne’s stellar performance during the telethon. Whether Kayne is on the money or off his rocker is irrelevant. His impromptu speech did more harm then good.

    Now I’m not an expert on disaster relief but I’d imagine the media should stay focused on the situation at hand. Extra media coverage, newspaper headlines and web traffic should probably not be diverted to a rapper who decided to either jump start or flat line his career on live television with a few heartfelt words. Whether Kayne’s speech intentionally caused this occurrence does not matter, now that its over the media will soak up as much time as they can on a celebrity saying something controversial when they should be concentrating on the problems concerning Katrina.

    Aside from my two cents on where the attention should be focused, I will say that Kayne brightened my day today. You put a man on live television that cuts out with “George Bush hates black people” while Mike Myer’s head sharply turns to gaze in bewilderment as if to say “you do realize George Bush is the president right?”. If that wasn’t worth the ten times I replayed the video, Chris Tucker certainly made up for it with the look of “my god, this man ended his career on live television” as he fumbled to regain composure. Rappers are supposed to be Entertaining and though I did not see the Grammys this year, I’ll certainly be tuning in next year to see Kayne triumph with the Katrina Telethon nomination.

    In such times of disaster and famine it’s nice to know that Kayne is there to brighten your day as he speaks his mind while simultaneously giving his agent a heart attack.

    Feel free to bash me, it just makes the read that much sweeter. I do gotta hand it to MikeSC though, I find myself scrolling down to his every reply. Keep em coming!

  43. MikeSC:

    It may come as some surprise to some of the commentators on this board, but the vast majority of industrialised nations do believe that it is the government’s responsibility to provide housing and medical care to the poor (and, in general, medical care to everyone). It has ocassionally been the view of the US government, as well.

    I did not, in fact, say that it is impossible to prove that Bush hates blacks, no more than you said it is impossible to prove that he doesn’t. The fact remains that you want everyone else to prove that Bush hates blacks, but we want you to prove he doesn’t. You’ve essentially said that he doesn’t so now we’re asking you to prove it the same way you’re asking us to prove he does.

    As for 90% of the remaining population being black, that figure is derived from news reports. If you want to analyse all the wire photos, tv broadcasts, and news stories coming out of N.O. to rebut this figure (which I suspect that most everyone with access to media will agree with), then you’re more than welcome to.

    Poor people don’t pay taxes (by the way, I said taxes, not federal taxes)? I see. I wasn’t aware that poor people were exempt from sales taxes (which have a disproportionately high effect on low income citizens, as they still need to spend just as much money to survive as wealthy people do), gas taxes, medical insurance, school taxes, etc. If you add the fact that the tax cut-off point is artificially low due a lack of adjustment for inflations, you do have many working poor who do end up paying federal taxes. I know he’s pushed through a cut to capital gains taxes, but has Bush taken measures to substantially raise the tax threshold? Has he re-indexed the threshold to account for inflation?

    Furthermore, it’s been fairly well documented that unregistered, but eligible, US voters are regularly denied their right to vote. The polling officials regularly tell them that they are not able to vote, when in fact they are entitled to vote. Coincidentally, most of these people are black.

    To say that state and municipal authorities alone are responsible for the maintainence and construction of levees around N.O. is like saying that the National Guard should only be deployed to assist in times of National Emergency within the US. Actually, it’s even dumber.

  44. I can’t believe this tragedy has given people another reason to bring up racism. This isn’t about race. It has nothing to do with it. It’s about people needing help. Not going on national television to spout your ignorant racial crap. Do you think people want to listen to that? I think Mike SC said it well. Stop wasting time blaming the president. He is a public offical that is in the spotlight 24/7. Do you REALLY think is would intentionally say, “Hey, this is a good chance to let more minorities die. Let’s do it while everyone in the world is watching” Get a clue, people. Stop blaming Bush. Go out and do something to help.

  45. “Personally, I feel like that was the best time for him to get his point across to people who otherwise would have never seen his face or known who he was.”

    Oh, makes sense. Because that concert was ALL about Kanye West and not anybody else.

    “And it is also arguable whether or not Bush cares about black people. Personally, I don’t believe Bush cares for too many people that are poor, whether they’re black or white. I do believe that he has prejudices and that they influenced his slow response to the primarily black city of New Orleans.”

    Yup, it was racism. Not Blanco and Nagin refusing to request help, that the federal bureaucracy is slow, and that there are massive logistical difficulties.

    “However, it is NOT arguable whether it would be appropriate for someone to not donate to the Red Cross because of what Kanye West said.”

    Considering that he said the President I support wants blacks to die — why the heck should I donate a dime?

    “It was a live show, and NBC had no way of stopping Kanye from practicing his freedom of speech.”

    Yawn, THIS again?

    OK, one more time: Freedom of speech only deals with the government. NBC has every right to dictate what is and what is not said on its airwaves. In fact, they’re EXPECTED to monitor what is said on their airwaves.

    “People talk about us uniting as one, but they fail to realize that for people who can’t look to this country as their own country, they can’t consider themselves one with racist people.”

    I’m overlooking your blatant racism in this post, aren’t I?

    Oh wait, you don’t think you’re being a bigot, do you?

    “Come on, let’s push aside any partisan views and fix our country!”

    Hey, Marie, why don’t you start us off?

    “Kanyes statement is how he felt! Would it been stupid to you if he said Bush is doing a great job? I dont think so. So why is his opion stupid. Note: he is the only one speaking his mind (not reading from a fucking q card) does that say anything for the kind of person he is. And for Bush if this hit a rich district of Pennsylvania food would have been there 2 hours after they got hit.”

    Considering that nowhere in PA is pretty well kept alive due to levees and, thus, would unlikely to be as horribly flooded, you might be right.

    Also, since PA’s government is not as historically corrupt as LA in general and NO in particular, you might be correct.

    But, you’re comparing apples and vans.

    “All they had to do was drop pallets of water and supplys in front of the convention center and stadium.”

    You know, it really isn’t nearly as easy as that.

    “And “shoot to kill” why would u want to shoot people that are stealing, are we in cambodia?”

    When anarchy breaks out, it’s what has to be done.

    “Its just crazy to me how a man gets critized for speaking his mind.”

    Or, in simple terms, “people who use their freedom of speech to criticize him should stop using their freedom of speech”

    “It may come as some surprise to some of the commentators on this board, but the vast majority of industrialised nations do believe that it is the government’s responsibility to provide housing and medical care to the poor (and, in general, medical care to everyone). It has ocassionally been the view of the US government, as well.”

    That is also why most of the industrialized country have unemployment markedly higher than ours, productivity markedly lower than ours, and a system that won’t be able to maintain itself.

    “I did not, in fact, say that it is impossible to prove that Bush hates blacks, no more than you said it is impossible to prove that he doesn’t. The fact remains that you want everyone else to prove that Bush hates blacks, but we want you to prove he doesn’t.”

    Can you prove you don’t hate whites?

    You can’t?

    Stunning. You can’t prove you don’t hate somebody. Truly, astonishing stuff.

    You are the one claiming he hates black people. I’m simply asking you to provide some semblance of proof.

    “As for 90% of the remaining population being black, that figure is derived from news reports.”

    Such as…where? You can post a URL address here if you wish.

    “If you want to analyse all the wire photos, tv broadcasts, and news stories coming out of N.O. to rebut this figure (which I suspect that most everyone with access to media will agree with), then you’re more than welcome to.”

    Whoa, not my job to do that. Again, YOU are saying 90% of the victims are black. It’s YOUR job to prove it.

    “Poor people don’t pay taxes (by the way, I said taxes, not federal taxes)? I see. I wasn’t aware that poor people were exempt from sales taxes (which have a disproportionately high effect on low income citizens, as they still need to spend just as much money to survive as wealthy people do), gas taxes, medical insurance, school taxes, etc.”

    I specifically said income taxes. Nice of you to miss it. Bush cut everybody’s income taxes.

    “If you add the fact that the tax cut-off point is artificially low due a lack of adjustment for inflations, you do have many working poor who do end up paying federal taxes. I know he’s pushed through a cut to capital gains taxes, but has Bush taken measures to substantially raise the tax threshold? Has he re-indexed the threshold to account for inflation?”

    Yes, because taxing investment is the perfect way to improve an economy.

    Little question: if the “rich” pay even more in taxes than they do now — how does that benefit YOU?

    “Furthermore, it’s been fairly well documented that unregistered, but eligible, US voters are regularly denied their right to vote.”

    Then provide the documentation. Really, not that hard.

    “The polling officials regularly tell them that they are not able to vote, when in fact they are entitled to vote. Coincidentally, most of these people are black.”

    Such as…when?

    If it’s been “well documented”, then provide some of it. I know far more of this story than you do and I can say that there is NOTHING behind the story.

    “To say that state and municipal authorities alone are responsible for the maintainence and construction of levees around N.O. is like saying that the National Guard should only be deployed to assist in times of National Emergency within the US. Actually, it’s even dumber.”

    They are state and municipal governments for a reason. It’s THEIR job to provide for their citizens’ safety.

    If they won’t do so, then disband the state and local government and have Washington run the show. Then again, since they had to do so for the incredibly inept Washington DC city government, it might end up being required.

  46. If my family was starving, I’d probably steal food too. I don’t think America necessarily thinks that the problem lies with the idea of people stealing or looting to survive. The problem is when you see a bunch of people looting and stealing TVs, electronics, jewelry, cd’s, etc.. These are obviously not things that are needed to stay alive. So for the people saying that the blacks (or whites) were being made to look like thieves by the media, I have this to say: If they are stealing stuff just because they can… THEY ARE THIEVES. You can try and paint a pretty picture if you’d like, but the facts still remain- the pictures and video don’t lie. What is someone going to do with a TV when their home is flooded? Come on! How do you paint a pretty picture about that?

  47. First, I would like to say something to the moron from Austraila “RG”. You obviously no nothing about life in America just by reading your comment. You are portraying yourself as one who knows about things that go on in the US. These people were not left behind. The whole comminication system failed. The idiot mayor didn’t bus those people out. He had 2 days to do it. Ohhh…. he is black. The governor of Louisiana was supposed to be the first responder with National guard and food, and evacuations. Were was she? So again… you outsider moron from Austraila don’t tell me about racism and greed. If you think we are all racist, you obviously don’t see what is really being done to help these victims. Oh, thats becouse you are an outsider!!!!!

  48. White Middle-Class Republican says:

    While I cannot agree with Mr. West’s comments, I can understand that he was upset. However, it is imperative that we not make this a racial issue. In a predominantly black city, it makes sense that most of the people left there would be black. It is the local government’s responsibility to be the first responders in an emergency situation. On September 11, the local government stepped in to take care of the situation. This is not the case in New Orleans. The local government stood back and waited for someone to handle the situation for them. I am not disagreeing that there should be some aid from the federal government, but New Orleans should not rely solely on that. But again, this should not be about race. Several rescue attempts had to be abandoned because people on the street (I do not know or care what color their skin was) were shooting at rescuers. I realize that the people that were left in the city were scared and angry, but that kind of behavior does nothing good for anyone. The whole disaster is just that, a disaster. Creating hatred based on skin color is doing nothing but dividing an already split country.

  49. This is really incredible. There are a lot of issues that needs to be addressed here. Yes, there was a slow reaction, and yes it may have caused some deaths and we need to find out what happened. But this a problem that has been compunded from the local gov’t all the way to the federal gov’t, including the individuals that didn’t evacuate. I understand some couldn’t, but the 100,000 that could just compunded the problem with rescuing the ones that couldn’t. I watched on TV how one woman hitchhiked with her 4 kids to Houston. She didn’t have a car and still got out. If EVERYONE that could have walked, hitchhicked, rode would have left there would have been far less people to rescue and far less deaths. Now that’s not saying that there definitely was not problems, but to blame it all on Bush, and saying he doesn’t care about black people is rediculous. The rescue is more than just Bush. Even if the statement was true that shouldn’t hamper the rescue missions from all the different agencies that are not controlled by Bush. Let’s wait and find out what really happened and put the blame, if we must, where it really belongs. I mean if we want to place blame, then why don’t we blame GOD himself. He could have stopped this and we wouldn’t even be arguing over this. Though, this kind of thing makes me wonder if GOD even cares about any of us, white, black, yellow, or even purple.

  50. Worldofjohnboy says:

    I saw the incident, and will say this much:

    1) Kayne’s statement never should have been made. A telethon to raise money is not a point to spew out your particular views on the politics of the relief efforts. Kayne’s comments were simply wrong, regardless of if I agree or disagree with what he said, it is not the place nor time.

    2) Kayne did nothing to improve my views on him with the statements he made. Though I do agree that the relief efforts were poor at best by all of the proper authorities, his statements and blatent lies (“…permission to shoot us…”) For someone whom makes a living for being eloquent with spoken words, he fumbled the ball, big time. Had he not stumbled his speech, provided factual information, and not brought racisim into the statement, I would have been much more intent on listening and agreeing with him.

    Bottom line is that in a small way, I agree with him… the government has not provided the help that the region needs. (I don’t agree that there is a racial reasoning behind the motives, I just believe it to be the fact that our current president does not know how to run our country.)

    Perhaps Kayne should compose a new rap song with a video regarding the situation with proceeds benefitting the relief work instead of making a fool out of himself and alienating possible donors…

  51. I’m glad I read the very first comment before starting mine, cause I have to agree with it 100%

    When Kayne West is bold and sure enough to do what he did, knowing he was putting his career on the line and speaking with strong emotions from the heart, I’m sure the way he sounded was the least of his worries. In my opinion, he said what many black and white Americans have wanted to say for a good while now. That’s what I gather from the responses I have heard from friends. One more thing, how the hell do you know what Mike Myers was thinking, did he tell you??? I don’t feel shit for him….I think we need more people like Kayne West on television, people not afraid to do the (in the words of Bush himself) “popular” thing, people not afraid to speak from the heart. When I saw Mike Myers speak, I knew he was reading a script, his speech was emotionless. How am I supposed to feel bad and sympathize when I see no emotion, how am I supposed to believe him when he reads someone else’s words, how? Kayne, on the other hand showed compassion for the victims, and spoke the truth with his own words. I could hear it in his voice and see it in his eyes. I have the utmost respect for Kayne. Fuck a script, I want the real shit!

  52. Christopher says:

    Amazingly enough the majority of the posts here miss the point. Whether is the total ignorance of thinking that any manority can succeed by blaming everyone else or the establishment, or the blatant ignorance of those who chose to stay (not the ill or non-mobile)and ignore a category 5 hurricane. We’re seeing a lot of negative tv airplay by blacks, looting, etc. Because that is actually happening. I’m sure there are Whites, Hispanics, and messed up French Creole’s also looting and being parasites to other human beings in their city. Every ethnicity should take ownership of their own ethnic trash and deal with it. Blacks are the majority in New Orleans, therefore most of the ignorant trash and hooligans are black. Stop your silly bickering abou Kayne being justified. The TV show was a fundraiser to help the people in New Orleans, Mobile, and other affected areas. It wasn’t the time or the correct place for a political statement, no matter what you’re opinion is of him is. Kayne possibly offended a segment of possible charitable donors. Perhaps these donors equal less than 10%, but still would have a great monitary impact. He’s juvenile antics probably cost lives that could be saved with more donations. He should have done his job, played his role to the american people — just like all of the other celebrites repesenting other ethnic backgrounds and segments of america dutifully did. He is an ignorant 25 yr old punk that only cares about himself and what he believes is correct, not the negative impact he made that day.

    Go ahead and make him a hero. Teach your children to be like him. You better plan for your own future because those who embrace Kayne’s selfish “me” society wont give a damn about your old ass.

  53. Most of you should be ashamed with your black and white bashing of each other. Reading these comments makes me so happy to be Canadian.

  54. GladImNotBlack says:

    Wow, Some people (blacks) are just dumb, it was bad enought to hear that monkey Kanye West blabber off, but to hear the shit those who are defending him are saying is just. . . hilarious. Wow.

  55. To the idiot who posted the last response, you are so racist and UNEDUCATED that after I read your response, I laughed until my sides hurt!
    Way to speak up and defend the neggative stereotypes in place for White America. Your elloquent use of the English vernacular (Monkeys) is quite astonishing…really. Keep up the good and, COWARDLY Klan work! I bet your “Paw” would have been proud.

    Instead of focusing so much on Kanye’s statements and the background of his parents(who really cares?) why isn’t anyone addressing the flat out RACIST (Yes, I said it.) statements of Mrs. BARBARA BUSH? ”
    “And so many of the people in the arena here, you
    know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (she
    chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.”

    Wow Barbara, you certainly said a mouthful! Quick, somebody get ol’ Barbara a Nobel Peace Prize! Nevertheless, do you think ol’ Barbara’s IGNORANT and RACIST comments will receive even half of the same criticism as Mr. Kanye West’s comments…Nah. But afterall, this entire, larger issue as a whole has absolutely nothing to do with race…right? Right.

    To my black people…a message…Stop whining about the unfairness and inconsistencies of White America. Stop waiting for that boat of EQUALITY; That ship set sail long ago. And more over, stop trying to REASON with a country of people who truly, deep down, don’t want you here.

    My advice…Continue to educate yourselves and acuire knowledge and prosperity. Then, make change. Stand strong and do not be dismayed by the value that White America has placed on our lives. Don’t be fooled into thinking that we have “arrived” and have no more work to do. The fight will forever be on so arm yourselves with the knowledge necessary to see a better tomorrow.

  56. I’m having a hard time believing that Barbara Bush said that. Who knows, it may be true. But I’d like to see the footage of that.
    Like Christopher said, you all are missing the point. Take the time you all are sitting here posting your opinions and do something! It’s not about racism, and everyone here is making it out to be. They need help. Donate.
    And to Brian, who keeps mentioning “White America” and how whites don’t really want you here…you are now being racist. You are doing exactly what you are accusing “whites” of doing. Stereotyping. Not all white people are the same. Not all of us feel like “gladimnotblack” up there. So why don’t we focus on the real issue, help people.
    I’ve seen a lot of footage of looting, destruction and heartbreak. But now I also see private citizens taking their own time, money and resources and lending a helping hand. THAT is what America is all about. So to Rick the Canadian, I’m glad I’m American, cause black and white bashing is not what we are all about.

  57. “Wow Barbara, you certainly said a mouthful! Quick, somebody get ol’ Barbara a Nobel Peace Prize! Nevertheless, do you think ol’ Barbara’s IGNORANT and RACIST comments will receive even half of the same criticism as Mr. Kanye West’s comments…Nah. But afterall, this entire, larger issue as a whole has absolutely nothing to do with race…right?”

    Barbara Bush is a best-selling “artist”?

    People actually care what she says?

    Stunning.

    Unlike with Kanye, I don’t see a lot of people agreeing with her. Meanwhile, a bunch of racist black people couldn’t agree with West any quicker than they did.

    “To my black people…a message…Stop whining about the unfairness and inconsistencies of White America. Stop waiting for that boat of EQUALITY; That ship set sail long ago. And more over, stop trying to REASON with a country of people who truly, deep down, don’t want you here.”

    Yes, white people, deep down, just hate the whole lot of you. Suuure.

    It’s almost comical that you believe that.

    “My advice…Continue to educate yourselves and acuire knowledge and prosperity. Then, make change. Stand strong and do not be dismayed by the value that White America has placed on our lives.”

    I could mention that it was Africans who initially sold the slaves (and continue to do so to this very day).

    Seems whites respect your value to society far more than Africans do.

    You need to seriously wake up to realize that 98% of whites don’t CARE. There isn’t hatred.

  58. Louisiana Native says:

    Being affected by this hurricane more than most on this forum I’ve got a couple of things to say. First I think the Kayne West incident was totally ill-responsible and does nothing to help the black community or our nation as a whole. Just look at the anger and division he has cause on this one forum. Why in God’s name, when artist are coming together to get people to open up their hearts and wallet, would someone throw out their personal views of hate and division? Maybe these things do exist and need to be discussed and addressed but surely the absolute wrong time and place that I’ve ever seen. I could hear a collective channel change across the nation. Pure genius.

    I love the heart of this discussion over his comments any way. Why are blacks being called looters. Probably sheer numbers and lack of media coverage at the time. Every time I turned on the television during the looting, the act of stealing valuable things from a place, they were black. Is that the only color of looters at that time? No. Was it the only color you saw on television for three days straight? Yes. Probably due to the lack of media coverage any where else and the high percentage of blacks in New Orleans. The media only seemed to have a few clips that they played over and over. Mainly of blacks steeling non-essential items. One that stands out was a guy with a huge electric car for kids with two black security guards, in the same store, picking out shoes. There were a few shots scattered here and there of people getting the essentials but what kind of news story would that be? If it was in a majority white city doing the same thing you would see the same images. It’s how the media works. It’s called Sensationalism. Get over it or tun off the news. It always has and always will exist.

    This event is a lot more than Kayne West’s stroke of genius to help this state and country out. Now we’re left to pick up the pieces, literally. I wonder If I will see him standing next to his people putting his back into it. I doubt it. Actions do truly speak louder than words. So I wish most here and across the country would stop talking and show some action.

  59. Dumb White Person says:

    It’s true, Bush Hates Blacks!

    Can’t you see? What a criminal mastermind he is. That’s why he put Colin Powell in the position of Secretary of Defense. It’s also why he helped Condoleezza Rice into the position of Secretary of State. Now he has black people to back him up when it comes time for blacks to pull out the racist card. Genius!

    Or perhaps blame should be placed on people who loot and commit crime because they don’t have the moral fiber not to steal, don’t care about their fellow man who is also going through the same struggle when they take his food, are too lazy to get a job so they can buy their own supplies, and blame the government when food shelter cigs & booze aren’t delivered to them in a reasonable manner? No, blasphemy! Death to Whity!

    Dumb Liberals. Grow up. The government isn’t your mom. Take responsibility for yourself and use your time to do something instead of assign blame.

  60. Seriously, when are blacks gonna wake up and say hey, thats enough, you blacks complain about everything that happends, oh, there not quick enough, oh they hate us, oh they need to pay retribution for the slave days… wake up blacks… do you guys really expect everybody to say how high, when you blacks yell jump…

    You blacks use up all our sources because you’d rather stay home on welfare instead of getting off of the couch or porch to get a job…. You blacks are shooting officers, stealing and when we point it out, you say we are being racist… face it the truth hurts….

    Where would you blacks be without music, and sport.. you wanna know… what ever is going on rite now in hurricane valley, thats how it will be forever, if you blacks dont have sports and music… quit being a cry baby…

  61. Idiots….stop arguing over something as if it were a debate. The damage has been done, people of all sorts were fucking stupid, no one group was right…And for those of you that complain about Bush or Kanye, note how their speaking capabilities are about the same.

  62. Wilson Jones says:

    This is for the comments about Kayne West. He is a Grammy Award winner and obviously someone who isn’t afraid to say what everyone else is thinking. B/C of “yo dawg” Prez B aid to those people took its time to reach the people of the NOLA, however look how quickly it took him to kill, um,redeem the people of Iraq? And have you even opened your eyes and seen what the hell is going on? All the Elephants can say is “let’s not focus on who did what and focus on how we can help” Well guess what? They’ve been surviving without the help of “yo dawg, Prez B”. How come it is that two different pics of people taking products for survival so miscontrued? The Black pic – looting but the White pic – surviving? Did you notice that b/c I did and so did Mr. West!!!!

  63. i don’t care that he said it i just think that it was the wrong time. you are trying to get donations for the huricane. if you wish to make such statements then do them though an interview or have some statement released to the media so they can print it. he did get the shock factor but he also turned alot of people off with the statement. people who might have been concidering donating money.

  64. T.J. COBURN says:

    look, the situation isnt with kanye west, or george bush. the situation is new orleans. its very important not to veer from the subject and task at hand. as far as kanye west, he can say whatever he wants anywhere he wants to whoever he wants. this is america. and even though i think he might be wrong, i do respect the fact that he had the balls to say it out loud on national television.

    as far as new orleans goes, we all need to help. i live in baton rouge, nothing is keeping me from putting on a pair of shoes and walking my fat white ass to new orleans…except maybe my fat white ass.

    so i do what i can around baton rouge, where most of the refugees have migrated to, being it only 45 minutes from new orleans. and i, myself, welcome our neighbors to the east. even if it takes me 45 minutes to get to work, which is only 10 minutes away. baton rouge has doubled in population in the last week, and i think i speak for most of the people in baton rouge when i say that i hope that everyone envoloved in the hurricane katrina disasters lives return to normal soon. that familys are in touch with each other, and friends not parted.

    -tj

  65. Oh please. Using Kanye West’s comments to not donate is a pathetic excuse. If anyone really wanted to donate in the first place, they would look past a single person’s comments.
    Personally, I agree with what he said… it did take too long for help, when Bush didn’t have to think twice about sending our resources out to Iraq to “protect our families”. Well, why did it take so long, when our “families” were out there drowning and dying?
    I can tell you right now, that if New Orleans was 70% white people, and the rest black, you would have all the little ass kissers there on day 1, and the rest of America driving their cars with little american flags and stickers.
    And as for “dumb whiter person”‘s comment… These people were taken from their home, thrown into a country where they were forced to do labor for the white men, had to fight for their own rights, and then when they finally got their rights, they had to live with all the racism around them… I’m sorry, but that’s not something you forget overnight, buddy. But I’m sure you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about, being white, you never had to face the challenges that us minorities have to deal with on a daily basis.

  66. My bad, I meant, Josh’s comment.

  67. hey i saw a bunch of young new orleans refugees smoking cigarettes outside the stadium taking it easy all day long. Shouldn’t they be getting off their butts and helping with the rescue Operation….ohhh that’s called work..sheesh god forbid

  68. JustACitizen says:

    Get our troops back from Iraq and lets, for ONCE, focus on our OWN country, our OWN people and our OWN problems.

    Maybe if our government had not cut funding to eradicate the problems of the century old levees in New Orleans and not blown it on Iraq, the death toll would have been less. Please read this article below. It wasn’t shocking to find this out, but I guess deep down I always hoped there would be something admirable about the Bush Administration. This doesn’t help:

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001051313

    Everyone has a motive. Maybe Kayne West wanted to sell more records, maybe he’s a schizo, maybe he just wanted to get something off his chest, maybe he’s the reincarnation of Malcolm X, maybe deep down inside his rant was what we were ALL thinking, but were too coward to admit.

    In the end, none of us know what we’d say in a situation like that, and none of us can speculate how we’d act after our city was destroyed by a storm that was, yes Mr. President, predicted for years.

    The celebrity world has poisoned our ethics with materialism and nonsense and has warped our sense of reality. Why not listen to what your family has to say, or your friends, or for GOD SAKE what your heart says and not take stock in what the clowns of Hollywood and D.C. and the media say. They’ve clouded my judgment long enough.

    Where’s John Kerry when you need him?

  69. Richard in south louisiana says:

    Kaynes comment was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The race issue is pointless at this time. What really scares me is they want to rebuild this deathtrap that is 20 feet below sealevel. How many billions will be spent building new levees now. Every dwelling filled with water now will grow mold that is a major health hazard. Everyone needs to move to Baton Rouge and start fresh with a port that is safe from the effects of hurricanes.

  70. “Maybe if our government had not cut funding to eradicate the problems of the century old levees in New Orleans and not blown it on Iraq, the death toll would have been less.”

    Actually, if New Orleans spent ANY money on the levees, it would have been less of an issue. There was TONS of government matching funds that they failed to get because they refused to actually spend anything on the levee system.

    “Personally, I agree with what he said… it did take too long for help, when Bush didn’t have to think twice about sending our resources out to Iraq to “protect our families”.”

    We did talk about Iraq for a year before doing anything, mind you.

    “I can tell you right now, that if New Orleans was 70% white people, and the rest black, you would have all the little ass kissers there on day 1, and the rest of America driving their cars with little american flags and stickers.”

    You can tell us that.

    You’d be mind-numbingly incorrect, but c’est la vie.

    “And as for “dumb whiter person”‘s comment… These people were taken from their home, thrown into a country where they were forced to do labor for the white men, had to fight for their own rights, and then when they finally got their rights, they had to live with all the racism around them… I’m sorry, but that’s not something you forget overnight, buddy. But I’m sure you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about, being white, you never had to face the challenges that us minorities have to deal with on a daily basis.”

    Again, the lack of resentment for those who SOLD the slaves is a little baffling.

  71. “Congratulations to the brilliant commenter at IP address 69.153.3.149. You’ve been permanently banned from adding any more comments to this site.
    Let’s have intelligent dialog here people. Keep it clean, keep it civil. Otherwise, you’ll join the commenter above.
    The management”

    Why doesn’t this surprise me…another example of how people in power flex their muscles just because they can…thanks for further proving how great America is. How proud you must be.

  72. Seriously, I’m just so tired of human : So quick to hate and judge but so slow to consider and change… and so hypocritical!

    I’m Black and there are days that I am almost ashamed to be. When I saw Kayne’s tirade (on a Red Cross funding raising show of all places) I was literally embarrassed. There are times when I’ve felt singled out (I grew up in a predominately white town in middle class NJ) but I never really entertained notions that the ‘government’ was ‘out to get me’. Kayne, that’s more ignorant and racist than anything any white person has said on national telelvision recently, what does that say about us? Does that help the cause of equality and the eventual eradication of racial lines? No! It’s people like you that make rash and sensationalist remarks that create more hate and division between the people of this nation. How many white people out there will look at their black neighbor’s sons differently not because they are black and now dislike them, but because they think the black kids hate THEM! Most white people in this nation (like the people I grew up with) can go most of the their lives without getting to know a black person, that empty spot where an opinion of a black person should be is replaced by you, Kayne, hateful, ignorant, and angry. It’s in human nature is to respond to hostility physical or mental with hostility. My father was always a big Jessie J fan and there is this phrase he’s coined: Perpetuating the Cycle… and that’s what you are doing Kayne, making it far worse.

    “George Bush doesn’t care about Black People” and “…respond as slow as possible…”

    – Honestly, do you really think that that kind of racism still exists in this world, Kayne? Do you really think that anyone (except the 00.0001% of the people in this country that are evil and sadistic racists) wouldn’t send help to people suffering from a catastrophic disaster just because they aren’t like them and their family members? Utterly ridiculous. That kind of hate doesn’t exist anymore in civilized society! Goto a Laker game where 90% of the people are there are white people paying hundreds of dollars just to see a few black atheletes for 2 hours then the white parents buying pictures and shirts for their kids who they proudly say their kid wants to be like one of those black guys when they grow up. Do you even realize how many white people to this day will proclaim Kobe’s innocence and consider that white girl a lying sociopath? The lack of response and preparation had nothing to do with George Bush’s or his group of advisors’ opinion of us and everything to with our enormous and poorly ran state governments and their lack of communication to the federal government.

    “… they’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us”

    – Are you kidding me? I’m assuming he was referring to the “stop looting and violence by any means” order to the National Guard and quasi-police forces. At what point does your racism make you think that the National Guard commanders will look at the president and *wink*, then go and order their white, black, and latino etc. troops to shoot the niggers!

    Racism goes both ways. I was ashamed when I heard Kayne use the all encompassing word “us” with his comments as if we’re all behind him in his hateful and angry remarks and the rest of you should too. Cool heads and civility will prevail, not anger… ever.

  73. Kayne you may really believe all you said on TV about the media portrayal of blacks in the disaster.I was flipping channels and thought it was a Saturday night live comedy sketch but soon realized you were dead serious.I donated a lot of money to this fund and did not appreciate your tone.In my humble opinion you are like the folks that shot at rescuers . You hurt your own kind. When I donated money I did not say to the people processing my donation make sure this only goes white folks.Come on Johnny Cochran quit playing the race card. One day it will bite you in the butt. Fortunately for you and your kind I did not let your opinion bother me. Let me put it another way home be “New Orleans is a town of more than 80 percent blacks therfore it is statistical probability that the media will portray blacks.statistical probability that blacks will loot, statistical probability that balacks will shoot at recuers.What I viewed as a white person were good people put in a third world situation and some will behave badly. You sir behaved badly. Do your concert , get paid and don’t mess up again for your peoples sake. If I were black I say you need to shut up I am white and still say shut up.

  74. Well, it cost donations. Because I was going to but after his big fat mouth I didn’t. Isn’t that what this show was about, getting donations? Oh, no I’m sorry it was “The Kayne West Show – Bash Bush Night”. I should of read the TV guide first, my fault. Oh well, next time I will investigate further about what I am going to watch so I don’t get supprised by ignorant ass opinions.

    Point is, if he wants to make these comments, that’s fine, don’t LIE to the public and tell them that this is a relief effort, and for people to watch singing and dancing and for everyone to come together and donate what they can toward this tragedy. Do you think people would have watched if the the TV Guide said. “Dissaster Relief and Bash Bush show”, do you think people would have watched, less would have. THe point is the networks lied to us about what we we’re gonna watch. I couldn’t give 2 flips in the wind on what Kayne West says, even if what he says is true, I don’t care. Who is this guy anyway?

  75. I would like to say that I think the fact that Mr. West blurted out on National television, That our President doesn’t care for the blacks, just goes to show his ignorance and the mentality that our culture uses. Everytime something isn’t going the way we want it we automatically pull out the race card.

    Is it not obvious that the mass population of New Orleans is ‘African Americans’? Of course there will be tons of blacks still in New Orleans. I read someones comment about it being in the numbers. That is true.

    All of the looters were not black. True. BUT, they were the majority.

    And FYI The local government is responsible when a natural disaster hits THEIR state. So if anyone should be blamed and “bashed” save it for our lovely Democratic GOv’t here in Lousiana.

  76. I would like to say to those who disagree with Mr. West are missing the point. He is telling it like it is. Come on already; the majority of the popular of New Orleans are African American and its refreshing to hear honesty these days.

    Yes there were black faces who looted, there were white faces too. Its a reality nonbelievers. The way african americans are being treated is a reality that hasn’t really been addressed and its time that it needs to be addressed. Face it, the President doesn’t care about people who aren’t rich at all and the victims (NOT REFUGEES) deserve to be helped, not neglected. This is an outrage.

    Its not about money, its about speaking your mind and letting people what you think and feel than lying to yourself and other people. The blame should be directly at the Government and the President, not the Governor and Mayor Nagin. The President cut funds for the levees since taking office and making FEMA a joke. That is where the real blame should be, not people who witnessed this tragedy.

    I suggest you think about that!

  77. This thing is getting old…. and why are we writing on someone’s blog?

  78. I hate to add my voice to an article that itself had no real point, but then to a long list of comments as well.

    The only thing I really want to say is, Who gives a fuck if Mike Myers is uncomfortable? Who gives a fuck if you’re uncomfortable? All the priveleged know how to do in this country is get uncomfortable. They certainly don’t know how to change things. Or think about themselves as anything but the good fucking guy. Or make decisions that benefit anyone but themselves. And you may not recognize what was going on in Kanye’s mind and heart on that screen because you’ve never experienced it. It’s simply called emotion. He felt emotional for those black people left to drown in New Orleans. Those same people that are suffering so that I can’t understand how heartless of a person it takes not to cry for their pain. So, who cares if he stammered and stumbled through it? It was from his heart.But this is exactly what I’d imagine you would miss. This is clearly the problem with our administration and with the white people in this country. Because I don’t feel that the administration caused the hurricane and then laughed as black people drowned FOR DAYS! No, I think what really happened is that there were too many white men who couldn’t be torn up and emotional and reactive enough about nappy headed black people. Nothing conscious, but that unconscious bullshit you carry everyday. I just thank God that he didn’t say something NBC would stand behind. Here’s a quick tip: When you are saying something in the interest of big business you’re rarely saying something in the interest of the people. You may think he ruined the event, but doesn’t seem so bad when you think of all the dead families, dead babies, dead elders that died on the government’s watch. Get some perspective, get some heart, and get out of your comfort zone!!!

  79. I haven’t read all of the postings, but I feel I cannot at this point, as this has become a political bashing and made into so many things that it is not. There has been a horrific natural disaster- plain and simple. Are there people at fault, who could’ve done things differently? There sure is fault, neglect, poor planning…but there is also compassion, perserverence and Americans coming together for their fellow countrymen. I read so many posts blaming Bush. That is truly pathetic. Please- look further. There could have been national guard deployed- under the governer- she did not do it- and I suppose we’ll all find out soon why- she could have asked for the guard to become federalized- she didn’t…Did you see all of the flooded school buses there? Those could have been used to get all walks of life out before this tragedy…but it didn’t happen. It’s sad, but true. Some are making this into race…I agree with one post who indicates the numbers are what they are. There are ‘black’ people as you note in significant numbers- it makes sense that these are the people left, or at least those that we see. To make claims that the President does not like black people…that if others don’t agree with that, we hate black people too…I have two beautiful black children and I only hope and pray that they see people with their hearts and never by the standards this American society has placed on others through their judgements and political bashing. My children are beautiful boys and will hopefully grow up to become independent, free-thinking men- but men of integrity, honor, respect, dignity…and they would see a tragedy for what it is- not for what it isn’t- and they would make the difference where they could- mo matter who their leader is, who their neighbor is, no matter their income or political party—they will make a difference using their minds and hearts. We pray each night for these victims- of all walks of life- and hope they find some peace.

  80. I have read some of the posts here and I think that alot of people are looking to blame others for there problems, yes this was a horrible thing to have happen. I’m not a supporter of Bush but I dont think he ignored the situation, I also beleve that Kayne has the right to think and believe how ever he wants but a support benfit concert to help people is not the place to voice this. This is a time to get together not to point fingers. And just an FYI for most of you who dont know the goverment can not send in National Guard troops to any state with out the permision of that state goverment. This is to protect the soverenty of the states to govern them selves. Also they do have to wait till they have enough food to support a large population before they can bring it in other wise you just end up with people rioting over it. I was in the Army in the 101st Air Assault unit and for anyone to tell me that 5 to 6 days was to long to get stuff into place dont know what they where talking about. My unit when on alert could go anywhere in the world in 24 hours. This ment that all our equipment was packed and ready to go and we where on 1 hour call.. meaning we could not go more then an hour from post. So for you to tell me that 5-6 days was to slow you have no idea. We where only moving 3000-5000 people and that was for like 2 weeks. Try 20000+ and you dont have and ending time for support or the logistical base to go from. You cant just drop food in and expect people to be civil about it they will riot and take as much as they can cause they dont know when they will get more. An let not mention the people that where shoting at the releaf helecopters and at the Army corp of Eng that where trying to fix the levies. People need to stop pointing fingers and just work at solving the problem not whos to blame.

  81. SusanLofty says:

    Wow! The last person to post a comment on here made more sense than the rest of the posts combined. We are lucky, lucky to live in America, lucky that our government cares at all, lucky that we can help. Pointing fingers doesn’t help, arguing about what the president did wrong or the governor did wrong or the mayor did wrong doesn’t help. Recognize that you are an American and that you are damn lucky to be one or get out. WE are ALL in this together. Nothing is more irritating than an American complaining about his/her country. If you don’t like it leave. Go somewhere better….can you find it? Probably not. And if you did they probably wouldn’t want you because you’re a whiner. Stop your bitching, get on the bandwagon to help and recognize that we live in America and the only way to make it better is to build each other up, not tear each other down. And learn how your government runs….then you can understand how things do/don’t get done and complain with a leg to stand on.

  82. “No, I think what really happened is that there were too many white men who couldn’t be torn up and emotional and reactive enough about nappy headed black people.”

    Tuned out of reality for a while, eh?

    Yes, white people just didn’t care about black people.

    Not “Hey, it’s a little difficult to deliver food and prevent massive diseases in a flooded city laden with sewage and other such foul ingredients”.

    If Bush’s DAUGHTERS were in NO — nothing would have changed. Bush actually had to consider using the Insurrection Act to federalize troops in that area (it has not been used since the Civil War, mind you).

  83. Quite honestly, the reason why our country continues to suffer is because of the ignorance of those who want to make this a race issue. It is too easy to stand on a pedestal watching the news reports and form opinions based on them. None of us truly have a right to judge what is or isn’t going on down there. We are not under water. We are not cut off from all forms of communicaiton.

    If some people in this blog would think for a second, countless Americans were displaced or completely cut off from civilization not due to race discrimination, but because of pure logistics. In a city the size of New Orleans, the process to go door by door, building by building, car by car would seem to be almost at a standstill. Those who are trapped by water or a lack of a way to get out are being found by the minute. There is progress being made, albeit slow.

    We can move forward in this country, but not until those of us screaming racial discrimination shut our mouths for a second and lend a helping hand to someone, regardless of color. Put your efforts into donating money, volunteering your time, holding a fundraiser in your community. That is the only way we will make progress.

  84. JustACitizen says:

    “Actually, if New Orleans spent ANY money on the levees, it would have been less of an issue. There was TONS of government matching funds that they failed to get because they refused to actually spend anything on the levee system.”

    TONS is a relative term. You need the money before you can ACTUALLY spend anything. There were 2 projects by the Corps of Engineers on the boards that never reached fruition due to the increased spending on Iraq/Homeland Security and the effort to “control” the deficit. Though I suspect that after this hurricane, New Orleans will now be under the microscope of development feasibility. Will people want to move back into the same low-lying area albeit with “fixed” levees? What about property value?

    My point is that, like after any major event, we have an opportunity to reassess our priorities as a country and hopefully correct, or at least mitigate the organizational problems surrounding FEMA.

    If this deep, boring hole of discrimination plaguing our government is the cause for the lackadaisical response time, it’s not b/c of racism, it’s money and class system prejudice. I don’t care if the predominate “color” of people in the New Orleans area is purple………It’s what’s in their pockets that makes the government jump.

    Haven’t we come to grips with the ubiquity of sexism and racism and classism in our world and not allow that to define us STILL, after all the freedom our democracy has given us to help change those perceptions?

    We obviously care about our country, or we wouldn’t be sounding off in this forum with our heartfelt opinions and concerns. I for one have felt inspired to understand how the government works (the deployment of the Nat’l Guard, for example) and to get involved on some level. Hopefully, we can all do something to help humanity. Humanity defined as:

    “the quality or state of being humane.”

  85. Hay MikeSC they have a word for what you said in your post its “prejudice”
    Definitions:

    1. opinion formed beforehand: a preformed opinion, usually an unfavorable one, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes

    2. holding of ill-informed opinions: the holding of preformed opinions based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes

    3. irrational dislike of somebody: an unfounded hatred, fear, or mistrust of a person or group, especially one of a particular religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual preference, or social status

    Assuming that all white people dont like or care for blacks would fit in here. I have served with and work with alot of people of different ethnicity. I stood shoulder to shoulder with them and I would have died with the ones I served with in the military. Every one bleeds red either on or off a battlefield. Dont lable people that you know nothing about.

  86. MikeSC I appoligize for what I posted above it took me a few readings of what you wrote to figure out you where responding to other posts above.

    The post of “No, I think what really happened is that there were too many white men who couldn’t be torn up and emotional and reactive enough about nappy headed black people.”
    and “Yes, white people just didn’t care about black people.” The person that wrote these would fall under the definition of “prejudice”

    Again I appoligize to MikeSC for my mistake.

  87. Reading these posts has been very frustrating. Black people who blame white people for all of their problems are WRONG. White people who think there is no reason for blacks to distrust our government, and feel that they are treated as “less” because of their color and financial status are also WRONG.

    Kayne West’s statements did not improve the situation, but what would have been the improvement if he had stuck to the script. Look at his face during the segment. He looks angry. A lot of people, black and white are angry. They’re angry because they don’t understand why this happened in the first place, and they especially cannot understand the response to the situation.

    He had every right to make his comments. The show gave him the opportunity to be heard. He’ll probably face consequences for his comments. That’s life. A lot of people completely agree with him.

    As for whether or not Bush cares about black people – I don’t think he cares about ANYONE who doesn’t completely agree with him.

    It is about humanity as someone said, but things in this country always come back to race becaue it is our nation’s dirty not well kept secret, and the issues have NEVER been dealt with.

  88. Oprah’s Angel Network gave a TOTAL of ONE Million dollars.
    Diddy & Jay-Z combined gave a TOTAL of ONE Million dollars.

    JOHN GRISHAM ALONE gave FIVE Million dollars.

    All the arguing back in the forth in the world will never change that sentiment in itself.

    Those that lived dependent on a government that they bash will continue to look to that government to ‘save’ them & those that do not will break their backs to rebuild their lives verses waiting on a handout.

  89. To EVERY race:

    STOP HAVING BABIES YOU CAN NOT AFFORD TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF. It was painfully obvious that the “POOR” are reproducing like rats. Why is that?

  90. But RICH blacks do.

    Thus, crack is Jesse Jackson’s fault.

    That was easy. And as factually accurate as “The CIA brought crack into the inner cities”

    “Also cocaine was first introduced to us(afro-americans) by the white man.”

    Any idiot should know that the white man was involved in bringing cocaine into the black community. Name some rich black people from the 1960’s or 70’s. Hell Oprah didn’t even hit the scene until the 80’s. Illegal drug distribution is a multi-billion dollar industry and you would have to be insane to think that the president would sit around and allow that to happen without him knowing. Would you allow billions of dollars to float through your back door without getting a piece of it. Crooked cops, crooked president,screwed up elections, fucked up school systems, gas is almost the price of gold lol, what the hell is next.

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  91. I agree with some of you and some I do not. It was the not the mayor, but the govenor of the state who denied assistance from George W. May I remind you the govenor is white, as well George Bush. I agree that George Bush may have responded a bit slowly to “implement” a plan to get supplies to those who needed aid. Its just a shame how some people react in these times. At least Kayne had the courage to go in front of million to voice his opinion, which is the least I can say for a lot of people.

  92. I believe Kanye West (Recognize who he is!) did the right thing. Bush doesn’t care about black people. The media does try to portray us as “Bad People”. Seeing as how they only showed black people looting and the few white people they hadn’t rescued looking for food, I feel as though Kanye was being Pro-Black and I don’t feel he did anything out of the way. If Katrina would have hit Beverly Hills Bush would have had it back to new, i’m sorry, Better than ever by now. Fuck whoever wrote to the original message, the people that booed Kanye, and BUSH!

  93. I only got about 15 posts down before I became too disgusted to go any further. So if any of this is redundant, please excuse me.

    This whole black/white thing is tired. Put it to bed. You ignorant people ranting about the separation of blacks and whites are the only thing maintaining that separation in today’s society.

    Your stupid. Your ignorant. You are not only part of America’s racial problem, you ARE America’s racial problem. Anyone who is (as the previous poster stated) “Pro-Black” is advocating the division of races by favoring one side. In simple terms, they’re a racist. And anyone supporting, and even worse, applauding, somone who endorses “Pro-Black”, “Pro-White”, or “Pro- any race” are also supporting the continued division of the races. You are nothing more than hypocritical racists.

  94. I am ashamed to say i am a white american right now. If the f***ing goverment did not try to blame everything on someone else much of this could be prevented. If one person in charge said it was there responsibility and got people out of there. If one person said because these people elected them to be in charge that they should respect that they thought you could do the job and you do nothing except sit on your rich fat ass, or be on vacation, sipping on expensive wine with some high quality-secretary which you just hired to look at. If one of you just said that once it was over that you would send people to help, and actually do it. When clebrities that voted you to office so you could be rich and get anything you wanted, when they could have voted for the people who would give it all back. But no, they chose you. While the people are paying you to live a great life while they have a 25,000 dollar a year job. Then they pay for your mistakes with taking out money that they would have spent on there family.

  95. Democrats are soft says:

    Wait…. Wait…. Ok think about it, You all are hating on my nigga Bush. When Mr.Kayne West, Mr. big bad I stand up for the little guy, only can think about how much ice he has in his chain or diamonds in his pinky ring. All these celebrities that are critizing Bush should can it. Next time you are watching VH1 and u see a Rapper or whoever spending 300,000 dollars on a car, 10,000,0000 on a house or 2,000,0000 on a pinky ring. THINK they aren’t helping the people that are in need. No, what they are doing is enjoying the capitalistic system here in the United States. Basically, everyone for themselves. Also, New Orleans and the rest of the coast that got hit should not look to the federal goverment for MASSIVE rebuilding funds. I make MY OWN MONEY. I’m pretty sure I know how to spend the money I make, and not the government. Another thing, there is no such thing as price gouging! YOU voluntairly PAY a price for good/service, no one puts a gun to your head and makes you pay.

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