On Sept. 2, 2005, 12 years ago today, Kanye West uttered the word that would help opening his rising hip hop-skip persona to all-out personality celebrity:” George Bush doesn’t care about Black people .”
West made this unfiltered, deeply feelings affirm during A Concert for Hurricane Relief , a live celebrity telethon heightening funding for Hurricane Katrina relief and relief efforts. The cyclone devastated the Bahamas and Cuba, Florida, and the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama, and New Orleans.
” I detest the nature they draw us in the media. You discover a Black family, it replies,’ They’re looting .’ You discover a white house, it speaks,’ They’re looking for nutrient .’ And, you know, it’s been five days because the majority of members of the people are Black ,” West said on live video, straying from the teleprompter that his telethon co-celebrity, Mike Myers, had so stridently spoken from seconds before.
West went on to call himself a phony, saying he more had tried to turn away from Katrina television coverage. He’d gone patronizing even before attempting to make a subscription, he acknowledged, so he’d be contacting his director to hear what would be the largest contribution he could make.
“… Those are my parties down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help–with the practice America is set up to help the poor, the Black people, the less well-off, as sluggish as is practicable ,” West resumed.” I make, the Red Cross “re doing everything” they can. We once recognize a lot of people that could help “re at war” right now, engaging another way–and they’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us .”
Myers is trying to steer West back to the teleprompter, taking the monarchies to speak other prepared answers. But when Meyers made a sigh, West took his last opportunity to make a stage:” George w. bush doesn’t care about Black beings ,” he emitted. Meyers looked at him dumbfounded.
Before he had a chance to continue, NBC, the sponsor of the telethon, turned off West’s mic and trimmed to a live shooting of Chris Tucker, also visibly shaken by West’s assertion.
For the 10 th commemoration of West’s famed motto, the Los Angeles Times wrote that West’s accusation of Bush as prejudiced moved viral well before the business example for internet virality, consisting of Twitter and Facebook algorithms and BuzzFeed-esque content mills, had even been implemented.
Houston hip-hop group K-OTIX changed West’s remarks into a vocal, employing West’s Gold Digger to back mocked compositions expanding upon the ways in which Bush and the U.S. denounced and ignored Katrina’s victims.
Critics accused West of race-baiting, while Bush eventually called the accusations of intolerance the” worst time” of his presidency. Bush said that he resented the declaration. Five years later, West went on the Today Show and appeared to rethink his claims, and while he didn’t necessarily issue an apology to the chairman, his analysts accused West of pandering.
” I would tell George w. bush, in my instant of frustration, that I didn’t have the fields to announce him a prejudiced ,” he said.
Twelve years later, with specific areas of Texas and Louisiana under liquid is again after Hurricane Harvey, it’s unclear how West’s shaky but poignant texts fit into the narrative of Houston, the fifth-most populous metropoli in the U.S. with a quarter Black population. Aside from pockets of environment scientists and connoisseurs of Texas Republicans, the response provided by Harvey itself has significantly continued un-politicized, with Texans and their partisans instead beginning the years of work it will take to refuge and rebuild the quality and parties left in disaster’s wake.
That hasn’t stopped some from taking a moment to retain a duration when West was honestly critical of both governments that he find didn’t carry its Black citizens, particularly in relation to West’s show of support for President Donald Trump( which he has reportedly rescinded ).
12 years ago today
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— Andrew Barber (@ fakeshoredrive) September 2, 2017
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-- Bree Newsome (@ BreeNewsome) September 2, 2017
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-- Reagan Gomez (@ ReaganGomez) September 2, 2017
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-- writing for #Harvey (@ anthoknees) September 2, 2017
Kanye: Bush don't care about black people.
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-- Akil Bello (@ akilbello) September 2, 2017
Given West's patchy history with the president, who's to say what the rapper would say of Trump today? Trump's analysts have already expressed their agnosticism of Trump's response to Harvey's survivors, from his empty tweets to his empty the declarations and to his possibly-empty donation.
But it wasn't until Bush's second expression that he was hit with this accusation, that he was reluctant to help Black Americans. For Trump, nonetheless, this sensibility has followed him throughout his expedition and into his presidency, from its own history of housing discrimination and his rumor-mongering around President Barack Obama's birth certificate, to his outward condemnation of the removal of Confederate statues.
With the confidence of Black Texans, Trump, as he once told Black ingredients reluctant to vote for him, already didn't have much to lose.