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VIDEO: Kanye West Asserts "Bush Doesn't Care About Black People."

Kanye West, the low-talent rapper/producer, used NBC's Hurricane Relief telethon into a platform to criticize the war in Iraq. And apparently "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

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The look on Mike Myers' face was priceless. Same with Chris Tucker.

What is wrong with people?

Get a grip, America.

Posted by Will Franklin · 2 September 2005 09:11 PM


WHO was that guy with Mike Myers. I thought I was hallucinating when this fool started ranting like a lunatic robot! He was frothing!

Posted by: BZB at September 2, 2005 10:41 PM

I saw that too. I think Austin Powers wanted to say, "Not Groovy, Man."

Posted by: Dan Morgan at September 3, 2005 01:00 AM

Myers looks really frustrated after West's last jab.

But look, it's the same thing Jackson, Sharpton, Mfume, Conyers, et al would love to say and may even believe, but they have a little more.... nuance.

Chris Tucker isn't a Bush fan but he looks a little shocked that someone would be so forward.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at September 3, 2005 08:19 AM

What an idiot!...I suppose next we will hear that Katrina was not really a natural disaster? ...but a nuclear attack on New Orleans???...Bush is not the racist! It is the Dems. who have an ex-Klu Klux Klan member as one of their senior Senators!... Obviously this guy is a nobody rapper with racist issue of his own!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 3, 2005 08:45 AM

I hope I didn't give these people any more ideas!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 3, 2005 08:51 AM

Kanye is incredibly talented, and magnificently brave for what he stated. I applaud him, and will continue to support him. George Bush doesn't care about the poor of this country. His agenda is centered around supporting those who profit from oil and war, that's it. I believe George Bush is a racist and I'm glad Kanye said what he did. And guess what...I'm White!

Posted by: Stella at September 3, 2005 06:27 PM

Of course you are white, your response is typical of that percentage of liberal white Americans who feel so guilty at our affluence that you believe only the worst about our country. You are unable to see that the people of New Orleans will be taken care of in a manner unlike that of most places on earth. New Orleans will be rebuilt, the people will be resettled and in the meantime the good people of America will pour out their resources to take care of them. It does not take courage or talent to spout mindless drivel.

Posted by: Bill at September 3, 2005 07:47 PM

wasn't the biggest kanye fan, but I am now. People have waited for FIVE DAYS for water and food and troops. FIVE DAYS and the government did nothing. FIVE DAYS till troops arrived. Refusing aid from other countries. For 2 days Bush continued on his VACATION and held FUNDRAISERS. WHAT!!!!! How can you possibly defend the man?

You think had this happened in some other, richer part of the country, the response wouldn't have been different? Of course it would have. Had it been NY it would have been an entirely differnet scenario. Please don't tell me that for 5 days while people festered and continue to in the Superdome there couldn't have been military drops of supplies. I'm talking food, water, diapers, formula. Maybe they couldn't get in, but they could have air-dropped supplies. How can you possibly defend the governments response. Please enlighten me, I want to hear it explained to me.

Posted by: Rachel at September 3, 2005 09:11 PM

The Govenor and the Mayor must have been too hung over to get everything organized!...Local and State Government has been given Billions of dollars! For Over 70 years the Corp of Engineers have known this could happen! They have warned State and Local government officials and yet the money has been spent but not the way it should have been spent!... George Bush has not been President long enough to blame this devistating Hurricane on him!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 3, 2005 09:26 PM

that very well may be true and i won't question what you say about that, but you still haven't responded to my comments. The unexcusable wait for supplies, i mean UNEXCUSABLE. explain how bush isn't to blame for not bringing in supplies earlier. The mayor of New Orleans asked for help and didn't get it. People are dying not from the flooding, but from dehydration in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. They didn't have water for days - explain to me how you find that acceptable and think that the federal government acted quickly enough? please, i'd like to understand where you're coming from b/c I don't get it.

Posted by: rachel at September 3, 2005 09:32 PM

Rachel, maybe we can defend "that man" because for 2 days prior everyone was told to get out. Maybe we could point out that a city built 6 ft below sea level is a bad place to stay when there are 30 ft swells coming your direction. Or, we might point out that governor of the state, could have mobilzed the National Guard in that state but didn't. The mayor was supposed to have mre's, chemical toilets , fuel and generators at Superdome since it was the designated disaster area but didn't. And I suppose that we certianly couldn't point out that when there is 4 to 16 ft of water covering every surface of that city and downed powerlines and trees on every road leading to it, that one can't causually drive in nor land a helo.

Look at your arguement. "They did nothing?" Whatever. They we starting assessments the moment the storm was passed and were working trying to get people out before it got there. Try again.

So what if Bush was on his vaction? Do you think he got a degree in "Disaster relief" or something. Fema was already there trying to figure out what the responce should be. What would his presence have done? He was being briefed by prefessionals on the situation, all you have to go on is MSNBC.

You are right about one thing. If this had happened in Houston, for example, it would have been different because Houston isn't a city built below sea level. The flooding from the breached levies, which we supposed to be repaired to cat 3 level via a Clinton era proposal in 1995, they might not have burst had they been finished. However, every computer model ran before the storm got there said it would break. Another reason to leave. However, we already addressed the fact that a certain mayor was asleep at the wheel so why should we expect that project to be done.

Kanye shot the relief efforts in the foot. Considering that the predominate number of people who put Bush in the White House are Republicans or faith based voters, he screwed the pooch. Republicans are always statistically stronger givers to philanthropic causes and the church based communities are stronger middle class givers due to their religion. In one swipe, he alienated over half the country. Your new found hero just cost the refugees money. Congrats.

All those points are moot though because we need to address the root of your problem: John Kerry lost. The liberal side of the nation continues to whine and angle and moan over it and that is what fuels your diatribe.

Take solace in the fact that Bush can't run next year and get over it. Your Heinz loving robot can run next time, too.

Posted by: Rob B. at September 3, 2005 09:57 PM

BTW, if you make it to a bridge and sit there, and no one comes, don't you at some point get up and keep moving?

Posted by: Rob B. at September 3, 2005 10:00 PM

I will accept for argument's sake that you are being sincere and actually will listen to an explanation.

You say above that 5 days passed while the government did nothing. That simply is not true. Katrina struck the coast on Monday. The levees were breached Tuesday; before that the news was of relief that New Orleans, although not parts of the Mississippi coast, had escaped serious damage from the storm. The first buses carrying survivors reached Houston late Thursday. FEMA had deployed supplies in staging areas across the gulf coast even before the storm hit. There is no way that you truthfully can say that nothing happened for 5 days. Efforts to drop supplies as early as Wednesday to the people crowding into the Superdome and the Convention Center were disrupted by idiots taking potshots at the helicopters.

Emergency response rises from local to state to regional levels before the federal govt. becomes involved. The federal govt. must be invited in short of a declaration of martial law that must be ratified by the Congress. Each state's governor is the commander of that state's national guard and is responsible for deploying units in times such as these. The New Orleans police performed abysmally in the 24 hours after the storm struck and before the serious flooding began - many walked off the job or engaged in looting themselves. There is no way to factually assert that the President was remiss in any of these areas although clearly the emergency response process at the local and state levels failed miserably.

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 3, 2005 10:43 PM

Thanks Rob!...Will is working with the Red Cross tonight and you always have a way of telling it like it is!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 3, 2005 10:51 PM

Freedom of Speech

Not appropriate

Lets crown George Bush King, so he can stay forever.

Posted by: Frank at September 4, 2005 01:12 AM

I happen to enjoy Kanye West's music, but A HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDRAISER isn't exactly the best place to diss Bush. Sure, he's entitled to his opinion, but there's a time and a place for that sort of a statement, and a telethon centered around aiding the needy is definitely not.

Furthermore, I really don't think that criticizing George W. Bush on national television is going to magically get everyone their jobs and families back.

Posted by: Galen Wiley at September 4, 2005 02:35 AM

Well first of all, I'm not a Kerry lover, never was, never would be. I was/am an ABB but if you think I wouldn't be as critical if Kerry was in office, you are sorely mistaken. People dying from lack of supplies isn't a democrat/republican issue nor is it a christian/everyone else issue it's a moral issue.

And I hate when people keep talking that these people didn't leave. I will give you the fact that some people could haveleft and didn't, but can you comprehend that there are those who wanted to leave and couldn't. I mean NO is one of the poorest, most segregated cities in the country. There are people who simply cannot afford to leave. They don't have cars, they don't have money for gas, they don't have credit cards so they can simply worry about it later, they have no where to stay, they were too ill to leave and the gov't - city, state and federal didn't provide free transport out of town. Greyhound, the only option for many people stopped running out of NO on Saturday.

NOR are they survivors refugees. They are not landless, they are not countryless. It's just that their government has decided to abandon them.

As for people shooting, yeah some of it is b/c they're assholes and off their drugs and fucked up beyond belief, BUT...many of those firing off their guns are doing it b/c they've been waiting for help for DAYS and are going to die if no one comes to pick then up.

The US is too embarassed to accept int'l help. The UN has departments trained specifically in reuniting separated family members, but they were told no. Countries have been offering helicopters, days before the federal gov't decided to send them down to help

Posted by: Rachel at September 4, 2005 07:11 AM

Only a moron would say what Kayne did. A thoughtless, nonsensical jab at our executive branch may make some liberal-whacko's blissful, but only helps to deflect attention from the feckless local Louisiana authorities.

Incompetent local authorities did not enact the emergency plan that THEY prepared, and now they want to blame B-U-S-H.
(Captains Quarters blog has a good round-up of the failures of local agencies to follow the established Hurricane Readiness Plan.)

Grow up and take charge of your own lives, people - and do not wait for the gub'ment to save you and yours. For starters, ya gotta check the 100-yr. flood maps before buying or purchasing any permanent structure. Due diligence is the duty of the self-determining, whining for help because you don't do your homework is the chore of the perpetually dependant.

Posted by: Steve at September 4, 2005 08:34 AM

The american people should call for BUSH'S RESIGNATION. He cares not for the victims of Katrina! He only cares about his vendetta in the middle east! AMERICA UNITE against this inhuman excuse we have as our president!

Posted by: peggy at September 4, 2005 09:19 AM

Peggy, this is not Daily Kos. Keep the idiotic blather limited to lefty sites.


Posted by: Hoodlumman at September 4, 2005 09:52 AM

Peggy,Rachel,Stella, etc... This is not the time for negativity! This is a catastrophy like we have never seen in the History of our country! Please stop your negativity and remember that the Federal Government for over 70 years has poured Billions of dollars into the State and local government to protect that levee. The funds were not spent the way they should have been spent to prepare for conditions in a catagory 5 Hurricane! The State and Local government needs to accept some responsibility for this disaster!...What have you done to help? Ask yourselves!...Maybe you can put your money where your mouth is?

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 4, 2005 09:58 AM

....there are people who simply cannot afford to leave. They don't have cars, they don't have money for gas, they don't have credit cards so they can simply worry about it later, they have no where to stay...

If you saw the the same video footage I saw, i'm sure you noticed the abnormally large percentage of "G-Unit" or "Gorilla Unit" t-shirts abundant in the crowd. Typically these shirts were displayed on young children, probably between 4-7 years of age. Can you even comprehende how much those t-shirts cost? Do a quick google search and you'll find out. Even at marshalls or TJ Maxx they're still expensive (for those standards). THat's money that these "TOO POOR TO AFFORD GAS TO GET OUT OF THE CITY THAT'S BEEN TOLD TO EVACUATE" people don't have...

I mean for crying out loud you can get a new kia for about $120/month.. that's NEW!!! Oh that's right they'd have to get a j-o-b to pay for that.... and they can't read... and that's bush's fault...

Posted by: jason at September 4, 2005 10:07 AM

It is like Rob B. said! You have got to get up and move! Get up off of that thing and Help Yourself if you are able, you have to do what you have to do! Run! and if you get tired of running WALK!...I have spoke to people who said they stayed because they road out Chamille and "Thought they could ride Katrina out with a Hurricane party!...Hmmm lets see now? That is somehow George W. Bush's fault that these people decided to stay and ride out the storm? I plead to all American's not to point fingers and blame at this point! There will be plenty of time to do that later! Today we need to start positive reinforcment for these people seeking refuge and do our part in anything to HELP these individuals! There are alot of great people volunteering!....

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 4, 2005 10:32 AM

I just watched the Kanye West / Mike Meyers video and I thought it was hilarious! Watch the video and concentrate only on Mike Meyers. His reactions are pure comedy! Kanye needs to go back to school and learn a bit about basic grammer and perhaps some basic speech skills. If you are going to use your celebrity to voice your opinions, at least make sense! It's funny because most of the New Orleans poor that they have interviewed can express themselves better than this idiot millionare. OH...KANYE...PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: deborah at September 4, 2005 01:47 PM

Sum it up this way, if you believe that everything that has happened is Bush's fault then don't bother explaining it. You might as well cast you "Bush-Hitler-Halibutron-Kyoto" rant on a site like Huffington where they will lay laurels at your feet and they won't post a single comment I ever right.

Kayne shot his mouth off, sounded like a illiterate idiot, wasn't particularly brave and cost refugees money.

His whole arguement is racist because it centers off the assumption that everything that happened bad to the black people was the result of the white power structure. It was a contrived delivery and it's as big of a media whoring moment as Sinead burning the popes picture, Modonna's book or anything that Bono has done for world poverty: It's a PR bit. It's marketing. And, people are going to buy his records because they are sheep.

So if your on board with him, go ahead and drink the kool aide because they have you already.

Posted by: Rob B. at September 4, 2005 03:03 PM

Canadian Speaking Out!

I'm not a Fan of Bush, nor does it matter, but his action towards this tragedy does bring light to Kanye's argument.

For instance, you could either look at this issue as a positive or negative impact on Kanye's behalf. Positive cause it will stur up controversy around him as an artist and it could possibly work out in his favour for reconrd sales on his latests albulm release. Or you could look at it as a negative because its politics and the government that work one-on-one with another to run the CORPORATE music industry. Prime example, the Dixie Chicks! Well a couple years back they spoke out against the Bush government, and as a result their albulms have been teken off the shelves and has been so ever since.

In my opinion, I believe Kanye does have his right to freedom of speech and expression, but the manner in which he did so was evidently inappropriate and un-called for. Especially for a time such as this. However, what Knaye said may potentially or possibly be factual as the information that he studdered is true, for it has been over displayed in the media 24/7. Facts such as aid taking way to long to reach the needy, promises of resue teams to come and haven't, and the over rated discussion about BUSH not accepting International Aid. Such aid includes Canada's only three WAR ships filled of army trained troops to help. Nonetheless, Bush isn't to be solely blamed for, its the government that stands behind him 100% for not haven an action plan before and even after this state emergency tragedy.

Nevertheless, I love Kanye as an artist, but as a spokes person on my behalf, I would reconsider for new applicants. This is because his argument not only made himself look foolish to "WHITE" America, but they're all now calling him the "low-talented" racist instead of Bush. Although, I know Kanye may have had good means behind his arguement, however, the manner in which he presented it was inappropriate.

Posted by: Age' at September 4, 2005 08:38 PM

Did you know the Mayor of New Orleans was a cable guy?...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 5, 2005 09:34 AM

Hey! Let's call West's B-manager and find out just how much he could afford to donate. He hurt the people more than helped. West should be ashamed and embarassed. You are just as bad as the mouthpieces that blab instead of DO... you really think your stupid rambling affected change just because you are a semi-popular rapper? Shut the f8ck up... and do something with your big money instead of your big stupid mouth. As a proud black American, you humiliated us. Thanks.

Posted by: theweinerdawg at September 6, 2005 12:56 AM

This is not only about race, but also about oil....This tragedy has caused oil prices to sky rocket..oil that was purchased at a low rate is now being sold at a stupidly high rate. The longer that area of the U.S. is in the state it's in, the longer all of the oil families of America, the ones who run the country, can charge these high rates for oil.

For the record, I'm not black...

Posted by: jabbronies at September 6, 2005 10:38 AM

Good grief. Where do these people come from?

For the record, jabbronies, you are an idiot.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at September 6, 2005 12:33 PM

To ZsaZsa and Rob-your comments are heartless! I guess you REALLY are "telling it like it is" I bet neither one of you are helping New Orleans through this turmoil, you're too busy defending Bush and ranting negatively about the mayor of New Orleans. Its just so sad.

Posted by: Don'tBelieveIt at September 7, 2005 08:36 AM

YO! rap lovers!
stop saying bull, just think and write after (this is better).
2/yes, kanye is right : bush doesn't like black people..that's not a news, sorry.
(you know it..i guess, you love him, so...may be you don't like them too much too, isn't it?)
3/Are you 16 years old?
4/ What are you learning (did you learn something?) at the school?
like this :
"indians are bad guys" / "women are stupid" / "men are stronger" / "war is cool" / "rambo is god"...?

tell me...i wanna know.

the lover your hate.

Posted by: jojo le french frie at September 7, 2005 09:08 AM

I just found this site and saw the kanye west video. Hatered is in the hearts of angry men and women and after reading some of the comments about want West said. A lot of people are fearfull of minorities speaking out. Theirs a bigger picture to all that is going on, and its poverty. White,black,green,yellow its doesn't matter want color its a problem that needs work and maybe from a different approch.

Posted by: ebagsmith at September 7, 2005 02:00 PM

The president doesn't like black people. I'm glad that someone's said it. I just wish that someone white would admit to it other than Bill Mohr. I also wish that white america would admit that they aren't very fond of blacks either.

Kanye West is not a nobody rapper. What he is is a grammy award winner who used live television to get his message out to the people. Michael Moore did the same thing at the Academy Awards a few years ago, and he was just speaking his mind. Kanye West is just an irrate black man whose not only can't speak his own mind but is merely quoting crap he's read off the internet.

In all honesty I don't beleive that Kanye's statement had anything to do with left wing or right wing politics. I think it was just an example of an american speaking his mind, just like we're doing right now on this message board.

Posted by: Jeff at September 7, 2005 11:23 PM

Kayne West may very well be a grammy winner!...BUT Arafat and Jimmy Carter were both recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize...Just because they are winners of these awards doesn't make them experts or even worth mentioning!...All it means are these prizes are not worth much! Milli Vanilli were also grammy winners! So what? Kayne West is not a diplomat! Seems to me he is the racist...That race card sure does come in handy in a crisis!... Grow up and get your facts right!...George Bush is not a racist!...But Senator Robert Byrd is!...God Bless these people who were devistated by Katrina! What have you done to help?...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 8, 2005 07:26 AM

You must be a republican only a republican could point out flaws of people who have nothing to do with a situation (etc., Robert Byrd, Iraq, Milli Vanilli, Iraq, Jimmy Carter, Iraq, Arafat, Iraq), defend bush, and invoke the name of god .

I never said that he was a diplomat, nor did i say that he wasn't racist. Let him be racist if he feels that he needs to be (you obviously do). I merely stated that he was grammy award winnner because individuals on this site feel the need to demean his accomplishments.

The only problem that I have with Kanye's statement is that by saying "Bush Doesn't Care About Black People," (which is true) He took away from everything else he was saying, about our troops not being here in our time of need, or about pictures on the internet pointing the differences between looting and searching. We focus on the most negative of what was said, when we shouldn't.

Posted by: Jeff at September 8, 2005 09:58 AM

I totally applaud Kanye for what he said. It took a lot of courage to do what he did. By the footage you can tell he did not rehearse it and was obviously nervous, but he said what was in his heart. Although many people did not like it and he could have chosen different words I agree with his statement. The media has distorted the view of a lot that's going on. I first thought it was not the right time or place to make such a comment, but after thinking about it what better place!! Millions of people are watching and they got to hear what he was thinking rather they liked it or not!! Right on Kanye :)

Posted by: NaTasha at September 8, 2005 12:47 PM

I agree with Kayne West. When it comes to the rich and white he's all good. That's why he's in Iraq because he's there for the gas for the $$$$$. He's racism and that's a fact!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: Lizbeth at September 9, 2005 07:37 PM

BUSH SUCKS! Kanye West can say wut he wants 2 say. Bush is racist, and his mom's racist. Bush HATES black ppl! Nader rox! im totilly gay for him! omg!

Posted by: your mom at September 13, 2005 03:31 PM

First off, I do not agree with the way Bush has handled everything. I suppose, however, that Kanye West could have better prepared for this? Kanye West doesn't know what the hell he is talking about. I watched the video of him, and he sounded like he had down syndrome. Nothing he said made any sort of sense. He should stick to making "music", if you can call it that.

Posted by: Josh at September 17, 2005 11:59 PM

One more thing: rap is not music. It takes no talent to rant about killing people and smacking bitches and hos, with a sample of someone else's song in the background. It's just a legal way for these unintelligient lowlifes to make money so they don't have to sell crack.

Posted by: Josh at September 18, 2005 12:03 AM

Before people start calling me a racist, my previous post goes for Eminem and any other white "rappers" out there.

Posted by: Josh at September 18, 2005 12:04 AM