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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Kanye West Defends Anti-Bush Comments

If you missed the live segment on NBC or haven't heard Kanye's quotes, here's what he said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible." In an article written in People, Kanye defended his comments saying it was the least he could do. In addition to the Rev. Al Sharpton coming to Kanye's defense, Jay Z said that he backs West 100 percent. Jay Z continued, "This is America. You should be able to say what you want to say. We have the freedom of speech." Kanye went on to say that he wanted to bullet point the things that disturb him so much. Unfortunately, that's exactly what Kanye did, shoot bullets in the form of words from his mouth. In a disaster like this, it's important to unite people with a vision to triumph and conquer the challenges that lay ahead. Were there mistakes? Yes? Was the president's administration part of those mistakes? Most certainly. Was, and is the mayor of New Orleans administration part of those mistakes? Most certainly. And these mistakes on both sides need to be addressed. But there are right ways and wrong ways to go about this process. Kanye chose the immature, hateful, antagonistic, uninformed way to handle HIS interpretation of the situation – in other words, the wrong way. While we do have freedom of speech, we don't have the right to purposefully try to cause hurt to individuals with that speech. We don't have the right to use riotous language. And we don't have the right to use slanderous language. George Bush is a big boy. He can defend himself. He doesn't need anyone to do that. And I'm not trying to here. It's just unfortunate that Kanye chose to use his influence to divide the nation rather than trying to unite it. And it's additionally unfortunate that there are individuals supporting Kanye's divisiveness. Kanye needs to grow up and choose his words with some wisdom. The revolution isn't about pointing fingers. It's about turning those fingers back to yourself and saying, "What's my part? What can I do to help?" That's the real revolution. If realized, Kanye is in a position where he can see "Jesus Walk" by using his influence in a positive way. The question is, will he?


Blogger W.C. Varones said...

Kanye West is a comedic genius.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Opie Outlaw said...

With's not about's about can be does not depends what class you're in..he's for the "upper" class..and has no feelings for the lower class!!!

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12:04 AM  
Blogger praynlady said...

I totally disagree with the previous commentor. Bush is for "the people", always has been and always will be. It is just what one would expect when things get tough. Instead of getting "on" with things, those who chose to stick their heads in the sand, and retaliate with words, do little to help the ones that have suffered in this tragedy. Blame games can be played later, making public comments like the one Kanye did is not only, in my opinion, anti-American, it is un-Godly. I am wondering where his religious beliefs lay? I think, to me, it sounds alot like TREASON. Other countries kill those that are treasonous to their president and country, however, because we are America, we believe in the right of freedom of speech and because of that Kanye can say anything he wants. I think most people who really count are not paying any attention to him. Actors and musicians (famed) are not the most reliable sources of information and tend to stick together no matter how stupid something is. I could go into the examples but there are soooooo many, it wouldn't matter.
If our country would put God back in charge of leadership and living, our great Nation, the United States of AMERICA, would be able to deal with these natural and terroristic tragedies with much more common sense, and compassion towards ALL peoples!

7:51 AM  
Blogger NYgirl said...

I don't think it's treason or that he didn't have a right to say it, but it was really dumb & he should have been condemned by everyone for it. That would stop all these celebs from acting so dumb.

7:07 PM  
Blogger andy jones said...

true dat ny.

i think he can say whatever he wants, but do it in the proper setting bro. Very discouraging....

6:01 PM  

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