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Sep 2 - Kanye West, "George Bush doesn't care about Black people"
 

 
George W. Bush doesn't care about black people," said Kanye West as he ended his speech during the Concert for Hurricane Relief.

Alongside actor Mike Myers, Kanye West diverted from his pre-prepared script to offer his feelings on the Hurricane Katrina. Kanye started off with how the media portrayed white people as seeking food and blacks as looters. "They're saying black families are looting and white families are just looking for food" referring to Yahoo! and other media outlets reported that Blacks people were looting while White people seemed to find supplies. Yahoo later removed the images and offered a public apology.
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West whose grandparents were heavily involved in the civil rights movement and father was a member of the Black Panthers, looked nervous as he stumbled through his words, "...the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realized how a lot of the people who could help are at war right now fighting another war. They've given them [The U.S. Army] permission to go down [to New Orleans] and shoot us." Mike Myers, visibly shook continued on with his pre-written speech until Kanye interrupted with "George W. Bush doesn't care about black people." MSNBC immediately cut to Chris Tucker who sat looked bewildered. [Watch the video.]

However, not everyone is applauding West for speaking out. Media outlets such as Juicce News Daily, claim Kanye ruined the show. "In a disgusting display, West strayed from his prepared script to offer an overflow of hatred from his mouth, taking the spotlight off of the matter at hand, turning the relief program into his own personal soapbox."

Blogging the Hurricane Relief Concert, an MSNBC sponsored blog, walked the fine line, stating, "Kanye brings up an important point, talking about how the media portrays white as seeking food and blacks as looters." but ends the post with "Not sure what kind of flack Kanye's gonna catch for that last bit, but I'm sure he doesn't care."



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