The Fifth Horseman: It's About Class, not Color

Saturday, September 03, 2005

 

It's About Class, not Color

Well, unless you live in a cave somewhere, you've probably heard about Kanye West's remarks on live television, denouncing the Bush Administration's response to Hurricane Katrina. (Watch it here at Crooks and Liars)

Of the many quotable gems, perhaps the greatest was when Kanye proclaimed:

"George Bush doesn't care about black people."

This statement has caused an amusing amount of anger from the Far Right Wing. (See: here, here, and here).

Now, Kanye's remarks aren't totally true. It is true that Dubya doesn't care about the black people in New Orleans. But it's not because of the color of their skin. Dubya doesn't care about the white people in New Orleans either.

Why, you may ask? I'll tell you why.

George W. Bush doesn’t care about the people of the Gulf Coast because they are poor, and lack political power. The color of your skin doesn't matter to him. All that matters to George W. Bush is whether you live in a swing state or you can give money to the GOP.

Other than that, he doesn't give a shit. Dubya didn't react to the disaster on the Gulf Coast until public outrage forced him to. Only when it looked as if remaining silent would damage him politically did Dubya choose to even mention Hurricane Katrina. And even now, his reaction is pathetic.

Now, here is the interesting question: Would Dubya's reaction have been different if Hurricane Katrina hit a more politically influential area? Say...Florida or Texas? Or maybe Orange County, California.

I'm willing to bet money he would have reacted differently.

So, Kanye was half right. Dubya doesn't care about the black people in New Orleans. But it's not because of the color of the skin. Dubya doesn't care about the people of New Orleans, black or white, because they don't have the money or power to help his political career.

The man is a pure political animal. Nothing more. All he cares about is what you can do for him, and everything else be damned.

Comments:
Martin, you are a genious, you are opening my eyes, opening my eyes TO THE TRUTH. I like the comment about him eeacting different if it hit Rich-White_personville USA, Orange County.
 
Let me also add that I just watched the Kanye video and read the transcript, then back to the video, because his made up on the spot speach was so terrible, its no wonder the world sees black people as "lessers." These are not my views, I said the world. He took things into his own hands, tried to be impactful, and fucked up. FUCKED UP. You dont say stupid shit like that on live TV. Publicly criticizing the President who IS DOING HIS BEST to help "your people," Kanye. You did your part at checking to see how much you can donate, you should have stopped there. Bashing someone like that, you just....it's not right. "George Bush doesn't care about black people." I have lost all respect for you as a rapper, as a human being, and as a successful African-American.
 
I wouldn't say that the president is doing his best to help the people of New Orleans. If that was true, he would have had National Guard troops on the ground Tuesday morning.

Instead, while people were dying Tuesday, he was out giving speeches to shore up support for his other deadly mistake, The Iraq War. (http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/08/31/bush_gives_new_reason_for_iraq_war/)

As for Kanye...cut the man some slack. He's not a politician, so he has an excuse if some of his remarks are little off base.

He's a rapper, for Christ's sake. Not a Senator.
 
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