Monday, September 12, 2005

Kanye West, Harry Belafonte, what else does solid social commentary need?

I was really interested by Kanye West's remarks concerning Bush not caring about black people, if only because not many people have the weighty brass cojones to speak that stark a truth on live television. To be fair though, it would be more accurate to say that Bush does not care about all minorities, and poor white people. And even that is not entirely true; Bush is fine with minorities who have assimilated so thoroughly they are essentially indistinguishable from whites (in the dark). Alberto Gonzales, Colin Powell, and Condoleeza Rice spring to mind, which is where Harry Belafonte hit the nail smack on the head when he characterized Powell as Bush's house slave.

It's tragic when someone assimilates to the point that they are not only indistinguishable from someone historically rooted in the dominant culture, but no longer give a flying ratfuck about the group they've left; see Clarence Thomas. Welcome to the Republican version of equality: we'll have equality when everyone is the same (as them).