Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Kanye Talks


I've been holding off on talking about this for a bit, because I'm terrible at talking about news for the most part, I believe. But, since this won't be going away for awhile, I may as well jump on that ol' bandwagon.

I saw Kanye on my first day of working at WEAS last October and was I in for a treat. Not only was he a great rapper, he knew him music as well, citing Portishead, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and others as the music he listens to now. While the rest of the audience sat there goin' "huh", I was feelin' what he was saying. Not all blacks have to listen to jusat plain hip hop. I could agree with the guy.

Okay, now fast forward to September 2nd on NBC while during their fundraiser for the Hurricane Katrina victims. I now quote from The Washington Post on this...

West and Mike Myers had been paired up to appear about halfway through the show. Their assignment: Take turns reading a script describing the breach in the levees around New Orleans.
Myers: The landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly. There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.
(Myers throws to West, who looked extremely nervous in his super-preppy designer rugby shirt and white pants, which is not like the arrogant West and which, in retrospect, should have been a tip-off.)
West: I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!
(West throws back to Myers, who is looking like a guy who stopped on the tarmac to tie his shoe and got hit in the back with the 8:30 to La Guardia.)
Myers: And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.
(And, because Myers is apparently as dumb as his Alfalfa hair, he throws it back to West.)
West: George Bush doesn't care about black people!
To quote Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show, quoting Myers himself, "SHWINGGG!

Now should he have said it? Yeah, he should have. I just wish it wasn't there. He did his best to make am point and I'm proud of him for that, after seeing all the anger and tears from folks in Louisiana and Mississippi. It turned political when it should have stayed at just helping folks. So, I give him a B+ on this.

Now, should he have said it at all? Once again, I say yes. Hey, somebody black was gonna say it. Al Sharpton would have said it sooner. Jessie Jackson would have said it sooner than him and where is Jessie at during all this by the way. I'll bet you Roy Nagin would have said it if he weren't caught up in all the mess. But, you know with a population in NOLA that's 68% black, SOMEBODY was thinkin' it. I've known a few black folks in my time and I think I can safely say that SOMEBODY BLACK WOULDA SAID IT.

Now, there are other races that live in at area. Had Kanye had said, "George Bush don't care about nobody", then some folks could have all said, "Well, I kinda see that". But, since Kanye brought race into the toxic mix, some folks could have said, "Well, I kinda see that".

Just to let you guys in on something, Kanye West has an enormous ego. He got upset when he didn't win the best new artist award at the American Music Awards. He's gone on record mentioning that he's (possibly) the best rapper out there. The thing is, he kinda is, in my opinion. And, he's smart too, as his mother was a college professor and his father a marrige counsellor. He musta been really smart that Friday night, because it got folks talking more about how they could help out besides his comments. Oh, and his new CD "Late Registration" sold out of the box the next Tuesday at number one and is a critical darling.

I'm hoping that this will die down soon enough and that folks will still give to Red Cross or whatever, and citizens of the Gulf Coast will get the help they deserve. I hope that Michael Brown and FEMA will get it right soon and I hope that G.W. Bush and the rest of the govenement on down doesn't continue with The Blame Game and gets down to business. It's not a balck thing anymore. It's not a white, yellow, brown or plaid thing now, either. It's a people thing.

Oh...And, I hope Mike Myers gets that whiplash fixed before he does another Austin Powers flick.

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