B.B. King on Kanye West's Anti-Bush remarks
In an interview to run in next week's US News and World Report, Blues Legend B.B. King is asked whether he agreed with Kanye West that George Bush doesn't care about black people. King responded:
"I think President Bush does care about the American people. If you have 15 children as I do, some of them are favorites. I have one son in prison; now, he's not my favorite, because he didn't listen. But I still love him. So I think it's the same about President Bush. There might be people he favors more than others, but I think he cares about all. I hope I made myself clear."
About as clear as Coca-Cola.
See the Kanye West video here.
Posted by jkhat at September 21, 2005 11:53 AM
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|# September 21st, 2005 12:56 PM james|
|it's the dichotomy he sets up that makes his comment incomprehensible.
he could be saying: "I have one son in prison; now, he's not my favorite, because he didn't listen. But I still love him"
--> "there are people stuck on their rooftops, and they're not Bush's favorites, b/c they didn't listen. But he still cares "
but then he says "There might be people he favors more than others, but I think he cares about all," which i think that most people would read to mean "GWB favors white people."
|# September 21st, 2005 1:24 PM BrianH|
|You don't have kids do you?
I understood him perfectly. Children don't always do what they're supposed to do, and you might get angry (and not like them very much) when they get in trouble, but you never stop loving them. When they do get in trouble you yell and scream (and they may think you hate them). Then you help them out of trouble.
I don't really think it was a hidden Bush hates black people comment. I think the important part is "I think he cares about all".
|# September 21st, 2005 1:39 PM james|
|oh no, i understand the part that you're explaining. i got that. the problem is with the second part. you cant "favor" one group over another based on race - that's discrimination. so, the question really is, what "group of people" is he talking about? if he means "black people" as the group, then it's discrimination. if he means "dumbasses who still won't evacuate," that's different. |
|# September 22nd, 2005 11:18 PM PopCulture|
A sample size of one means NOTHING.
especially when the topic is race AND poverty, where B.B. King and his family are wealthy- if not from the music than for the nation wide diabetes medication commercials!
|# September 27th, 2005 5:34 PM mbrlr|
|GW loves some more than others...I couldn't have said it better myself.
And those who couldn't evacuate?
Look, just please deal with the fact that the party of Lincoln went the other direction a while back and hasn't shown any sign of either repentance or redemption.
|# September 28th, 2005 9:18 AM BrianH|
Can you please tell me which party is advocating providing government contracts and benefits on the basis of race?
|# December 1st, 2005 10:34 AM mbrlr|
|Well, actually, the Republican Party post-Civil War did that until a deal was cut with the former secessionists.
|# December 1st, 2005 10:55 AM james|
|mbrlr, that is the most ridiculous thing ive ever seen on this site. you can't seriously be trying to make a point by bringing up something from 1865. now i KNOW you're just playing with us.
|# December 1st, 2005 11:06 AM mbrlr|
|Well, they did. One of the most interesting things about US political history is that the parties sometimes seem to do 180s in relation to each other; that's one example. |