Really stupid remarks by Blitzer IMO. I was wondering how long it would take before racism was injected into the issue this of addressing this hurricane. Didn't take long at all.
I wonder if this is racism? or maybe just inappropriate remarks?
As I watched the dire situations unfold over the last week and saw the looting and various other criminal activities, and then heard people call for sterner security measures to bring order and peace to this beleaguered region - which included shooting looters -I immediately said to myself, seeing that a majority of the unfortunate people still in NO who either had no way to get out of the region or chose to stay were black -that if they start shooting looters, then someone is gonna come out and say what this rapper just did, and that racism was the motivation behind all of this....
A week after being hailed as "the smartest man in pop music" on the cover of Time magazine, and four days after the release of his second album "Late Registration," which is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart tomorrow with sales of nearly a million copies, West appeared beside comedian Mike Myers as one of several entertainers who urged Americans to donate to relief efforts during a telethon broadcast live on NBC and its affiliated networks Friday night.
West did not perform, nor did he deliver the statement that had been written for him, which visibly shocked Myers. Instead, in a nervous and emotional voice, the 28-year-old rapper first criticized the media's portrayal of African Americans in the devastated city of New Orleans and the warnings issued by President Bush and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco that looters would be shot on sight.
"I hate the way they portray us in the media," West said. "If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food. ... They've given them permission to go down and shoot us."
As Myers returned to the script, West added another impromptu and even more incendiary line -- "George Bush doesn't care about black people"
-- before the network quickly cut to comedian Chris Tucker. That line aired live on the East Coast, but was cut from West Coast broadcasts.
"Nobody, especially the president, would have left people unattended on the basis of race," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the administration's highest-ranking African American, said on Sunday while touring damage in her home state of Alabama.
NBC started distancing itself from West minutes after his appearance. Telethon host Matt Lauer noted that "emotions in this country right now are running very high. ... We've heard some [criticism] tonight, but it's still part of the American way of life."
The network later issued a statement, saying, "It would be most unfortunate if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person's opinion." But West's view that the federal government is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible" is not merely one person's opinion.
Nor was West the only performer on "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" to make such a criticism, although others were more veiled. Another African-American performer and a resident of New Orleans, Aaron Neville, performed Randy Newman's soulful ballad "Louisiana 1927," which includes the haunting chorus, "They're trying to wash us away."
And then the LA Times slams NBC for editing the remarks.
Here's the rest of the article.... http://www.suntimes.com/output/enter...r-kanye05.html