I finally got a chance to view the video of Kayne West’s televised dissent during a New Orlean’s hurricane relief fundraiser. If you missed it, here’s the Washington Post story and a link to a video clip.
West departed from the scripted comments prepared for him and delivered his own anti-Bush, anti-media, anti-oppression rant … well at least what was possible in the short air-time given. And perhaps my favorite part is to watch Mike Meyers’ stunned expression as he realized what was going down. Ahhhh, gotta love live television.
Related: Various stories relating to the Potemkin photo op. Interesting to say the least.
Related #2: Open Source blog asks some very important questions related to Katrina, the gov’s handling of the situation, race and poverty.
So the largest question, and the one that perhaps would demand a sooth-sayer as much as a truth-teller: If Katrina has changed the way you view race, or poverty, or the role of government in America, what â€” if anything â€” will change as a result of it?
It’s worth thinking about.
Related #3: D’Arcy Norman poses some excellent commentary/critique to the Katrina story.
Update: The talk about Kayne West, his remarks, and the debate around systemic racism continues. And, I am horrified to hear the remarks of Mark Williams, C-List Talk-Show Host, as he spoke about the incident on Show Biz Tonight.
Some of Williams comments include:
..they didn’t have the necessary brains and common sense to get out of the way of a Cat 5 Hurricane and then when it hit them- stood on the side of the convention Center expiring while reporters were coming and going..
The only role race plays in this is that the American black population has been the prototype for an entire race of people being, being turned into a group of dependents of the government–trapped there, I’m using that word very loosely are screaming we want help, we want help..
Blacks are too stupid to get out of the way of a hurricane…
OMG, seriously, I’m shocked … even to hear this on American television, and from a radio personality. See the entire video here.