Well, I certainly appreciate Spike Lee’s balanced approach to Kanye West’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment. It was very even-handed and intellectually honest of him to include several intelligent rebuttals to Kanye’s comment, just like he included various rebuttals to the criticisms of Ray Nagin yesterday.
Oh, wait, you mean he didn’t do that? You mean the only commentary he included came from two “activists” who were more interested in stroking Kanye’s ego than providing any sort of critical analysis of his comment? You mean Spike deliberately left out all commentary from interviewees (like me) who criticized Kanye’s comments, and contended that the government’s failures came from incompetence, not malice? Oh.
I love the woman who said: “They aren’t doing anything for the Katrina victims. For the blacks, anyway.” Yeah, because FEMA has separate databases for white and black victims. Only the whites get hotel rooms!
And from the same woman: “If they wanted us in New Orleans, they wouldn’t have tried to drown us and kill us. I’m not going to go back so they can kill us off.” No rebuttal, no analysis. He just let that comment sit there. Nice.
I also love all the accusations of white people of being racist, followed by statements like “the culture of New Orleans comes from black people.” Because that’s not racist!
I will say, however, that the criticism of Barbara Bush was richly deserved.