Monday, September 12, 2005

Don't Lie To Me Man
Elisabeth Bumiller writing in The New York Times: "Many African-Americans across the country said they seethed as they watched the television pictures of the largely poor and black victims of Hurricane Katrina dying for food and water in the New Orleans Superdome and the convention center. A poll released last week by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center bore out that reaction as well as a deep racial divide: Two-thirds of African-Americans said the government's response to the crisis would have been faster if most of the victims had been white, while 77 percent of whites disagreed... At the White House, the public response has been to denounce the critics as unseemly and unfair... But behind the scenes in the West Wing, there has been anxiety and scrambling - after an initial misunderstanding, some of the president's advocates say, of the racial dimension to the crisis."

Elsewhere, Kanye explains himself. And the debate continues in the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Louisville Courier-Journal, Delaware News Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times and USA Today.

Semi-rhetorical question of the day: When was the last time any single moment, trend, individual, band, scene or nipple in pop music stirred anything that remotely resembled an adult discussion - as relatively a thoughtful and considered discussion as continues in the days since Kanye punk'd the president?

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