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Not Everything Is Quiet on the “West” Front

Posted on November 12 2010 11:00 am
Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.

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He calls himself the “voice of this generation, of this decade.” He’s a relentless self-promoter. Some call him a musical visionary, others call him derivative and talentless.

He’s been accused of racism, and accused others of racism. And now, over five years after rapper Kanye West shocked the nation by accusing President George W. Bush of delaying emergency relief because “doesn’t care about black people,” West is apologizing to President Bush.

After Hurricane Katrina, progressives across the globe alleged that the Bush administration held responsibility for the disastrous conditions in New Orleans.

From Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s allegation that the government bombed the levees in order to divert the flood into minority neighborhoods; to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s claim that President Bush wanted to assassinate him; to Venuezlean President Hugo Chavez’s proclamation that “capitalist consumerism” led to the formation of Hurricane Katrina; almost everyone on the Left agreed that Bush was at fault.

Never to be left behind by a fad, Kanye joined the chorus. During a celebrity telethon to raise relief money for New Orleans, West urged viewers to give money, because “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Five years later, in his autobiography Decision Points, President Bush writes that Kanye’s tirade was the worst part of his tenure as president:

I faced a lot of criticism as president. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low.

In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Bush explains that West’s allegation stung because “he called me a racist. I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.”

Yesterday, West finally apologized to Bush on NBC’s “Today Show,” saying he “definitely can understand the way [Bush] feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, where I got accused of being a racist… I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I’m more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through]… and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level.”

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