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Anti-Beck Group Labeled George Bush 'Racist'

Sunday, 23 Aug 2009 06:47 PM

One glaring inconsistency in the Color of Change group’s demand that Glenn Beck’s head be served up on a silver charger: Their Web site sells “Kanye Was Right!” T-shirts.

Color of Change is pressuring advertisers to boycott Beck, after the Fox News host said that President Obama was “racist” following the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates.

Rapper Kanye West leveled accusations of racism against former President George W. Bush during a nationwide fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims that aired on NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC in September 2005.

During that broadcast, West appeared to allege that the Bush administration’s response to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath was intentionally slow because the crisis disproportionately affected poor people and blacks.

He also suggested that first responders had been authorized to shoot African-Americans: “We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!”

Later in that broadcast West added for good measure: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” The network then abruptly cut away to another presenter.

The controversial T-shirt Color of Change is selling is emblazoned with the words “Kanye Was Right.”

The T-shirt appears to imply agreement with the most notorious statement the rapper ever made. That would mean Color of Change is not only endorsing, but also profiting from, West’s inflammatory statement.

“Kanye was right about what?” challenges DefendGlenn Web site creator John Hill. “That President Bush gave the National Guard permission to kill black people? It’s ridiculous. If any group on the right had said the things they’ve said, they would have been dismissed as a hate group long ago. So for them to be taken seriously with this ad boycott is absurd.”

Conservative journalist Matthew Vadum, the Capital Research Center’s senior editor, alleges that Color of Change “incites hatred for profit and to promote its race-obsessed agenda and that’s what it’s doing to Glenn Beck … “

Vadum adds that the group “is trying to depict Beck as some kind of a white nationalist crazy, and clearly he’s not.”

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