Appearing on today's "Ellen [DeGeneres] Show", rap superstar Kanye West informed America:
"Back in the days when it was time to clean the kitchen I would try to sweep the dust under the kitchen sink instead of really taking care of it, and if you spilled something on that floor all that dust came right up in front of your face. That's basically what the flood did... They have been trying to sweep us (African-Americans) under the kitchen sink and it was so in people's faces and so on TV... that they couldn't even hide it any more... Down there, people are living below the poverty level to start off with, before this happened... A year ago I was on tour with USHER and we had a hurricane hit Florida and everybody was saying, 'If this hurricane went to Louisiana, if it went to Mississippi, they wouldn't be able to handle it.' (That was) a year ago - and there was nothing done about it."
While I'm not opposed to blaming Bush and/or the Bush Crime Family for lots of things, I believe that massive New Orleans poverty started well before even the Bush I presidency.
In related news, Drudge is offering the following preview:
The chart topping hip hop rapper star who used a network hurricane fundraiser to charge "George Bush doesn't care about black people" was loudly and lustily booed during last night's NFL kickoff show.
The appearance of Kanye West, who was beamed into the Boston stadium via remote from Los Angeles, received a strongly negative response from the crowd.
"The boos were thunderous and lasted for much of his number," reports the BOSTON GLOBE.
UPDATE: Usher responds:
"I wasn't mad at Kanye's statement - that's his opinion - but it's obviously not the opportunity or the time to poke fun or appoint blame... This is an opportunity where we all need to come together - musicians, actors, politicians - and help the (American) Gulf region... The music that we listen to every day... was founded in New Orleans... This city is basically gone, the history of it has gone."