Props to Kirk Masden on the link.
Asian American teacher blogging from an African American school on the South Side of the City. We stand against the tide.
I hadn't seen the whole transcript up until now. Reading the transcript, now I'm really confused what West's critics are talking about. I mean he is self-deprecating in order to try to get people to donate. He is saying, "I'm not a great person, but I got myself up to donate. Bush and others aren't doing shit, so you better give some money!"
What more honest, motivating message could he have said? I'd like to encourage people to call their local affiliates in support of West and his comments. Maybe this will help reverse the tide against West.
Here is the email I sent to NBC5 Chicago (contact them here):
I wanted to tell you that I really appreciated Kanye West's comments. A lot of us in the City of Chicago were waiting to hear someone actually speak to what was going on in New Orleans, not just some canned celebrity comments. This was not an awards show, it was something to address the suffering of the poor in New Orleans and elsewhere in the South.
Could you please tell your newscasters and parent station to stop bad-mouthing Kanye for speaking what heavy on his (and my our) heart?
Please consider consulting Kanye to see if he would be willing to speak more on the station. After all, he is one of Chicago's own.
Thank you very much,
What's in a Name?
It is a movement with humble beginnings—changes so subtle they are undetectable to the untrained mind. It is a yellow teenager learning to see the beauty in his own countenance; a little brown girl discovering that art and power flow from her hands, her mind, her body. It is the first time a black boy realizes that it is not his instincts that are twisted but the judgment of a system that attaches value to wealth and skin tone; the time that a poor white woman realizes that her poor black neighbors hold more love than the empty words and missing deeds of the white politicians and TV preachers in whom she has placed her trust. It is a long journey that starts with the person next to you beginning to appreciate the significance of her race and class, and matures into an ability to teach others how to see beyond those confines to something better.
A single shot explodes through the Louisiana evening and a man falls dead, prey to his own .44 Magnum. While his neighbors mourn, “He was such a good man!” a family in Japan finally feels a sense of justice that a racist court system has long refused them. A small group of youths sing, “Batter-up” but instead of taking aim at hard sliders and curves, they decide to use a couple of former Detroit men’s heads for batting practice. It is gruesome—an eye-for-an-eye—but on some level, an entire ethnic group takes solace in this grim sign that their lives are worth more than the paltry sum of three thousand dollars in criminal court. A naïve, loving, hard-working, young immigrant is finally exonerated of a crime he did not commit, he emerges a wise, piercing social theorist, his words shaking all those he encounters to the depths of their souls. Those who lied, cheated and threatened to keep him interned are heckled and spat upon as they attempt to defend their soulless actions.
"I'm trying to make it a fairy tale so they won't panic," said Nathan, who had four grandchildren in tow. "I have to be strong for them."
"The group of mostly teenagers and young adults pooled what little money they had to buy diapers for the babies and fuel for the bus."
I don't agree with Bush or other community leaders who preach "zero tolerance for lawlessness". I believe that we must seek to prevent any violence and oppression of others that emerges from the chaos left in the wake of the hurricane.
However, in many cases, heroic, non-violent lawlessness might be exactly what allows great folks to survive this tragedy.
A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Flood waters continue to rise in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina did extensive damage when it made landfall on Monday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Now as is normally the case when you go beyond conjecture and start showing cold, hard racial inequity, all sorts of apologists came out of the woodwork to complain that the photos were from different organizations and that AP is calling all people taking goods "looters" while AFP is probably saying that they "found" stuff.