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    The Katrina Crisis: David Banner Speaks

    http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/7502


    Tuesday - September 6, 2005 by David Banner


    "I think Hurricane Katrina has exposed America for what it is. I think it's bigger than black and white. I think it has a lot more to do with rich and poor. We've always known that America is a racially driven country. We front like it's all good, but we know the levels of racism that are in America. I think this is more than just pulling the race card. It shows that America doesn't give a damn about people in the hood, period.

    If this same thing happened in New York, they'd probably be out there mopping themselves. When 9/11 happened, there was help on 9/12. We sent billions of dollars overseas when the tsunami happened. You know, this is our home. We break our necks to help other people, and we fight for oil, but we can't help our people right here in Mississippi. Mississippi is definitely not getting the relief funds that they really need because we're not getting the TV time. There's cities in South Mississippi like Pass Christian, Long Beach, Biloxi, and Gulfport that are just gone. And these are just regular, ordinary folks. White, black, rich, poor. These are places where our grandmothers and grandfathers stay. There's history in these towns.

    America is the most powerful country in the world, but it takes us four days to get there? The things they did four days later are the same things they could've done when it happened, period. They coulda flown helicopters in there or something. America is the most powerful country and the proudest country when it feels like it. They said they couldn't get down there for different reasons, but those were just excuses. I sent a tour bus full of water down there. My bus driver paid with his own Mastercard. I told him to go ahead and buy whatever they needed and I'd pay him back. He filled the tour bus up twice with water, food, and supplies before the American government did. He drove down there from Memphis. Then I came down there myself and I sat and signed autographs and passed out water to the kids for four, five hours myself. How can David Banner, a so-called "gangsta rapper," react quicker to a crisis than our own government?

    There's still people in Mississippi without power right now. The water is still not drinkable from the faucets. Then you've got places like the Red Cross using preferential treatment with the stuff people had donated. I had cats from the streets telling me they gave all the better clothes to the little white kids. There's people who are coming city to city and can't get water or food from the Red Cross without a little armband. We're having a national crisis. If people need food and supplies, you should give it to them.

    The bigger picture is that we're gonna have to take care of our own people. We're having a big benefit concert September 17th at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. We're trying to raise $1.5 million. This is the first time that every radio station - Cumulus, Infinity, and Clear Channel - all came together, working together with no egos. T.I. got on the radio station and challenged everybody - all the football players and record company execs - and he raised $255,000 in two hours.

    I'm glad Kanye said what he said on NBC. The President never gave a damn about black folks. I mean, we knew that already. That's not a surprise. It was the perfect time for him to say it. Personally, I believe that if CNN had showed more white people stuck in New Orleans, the government would've reacted quicker.

    I blame Bush for the time it took for them to react to the situation. I blame Bush for not taking this situation as seriously as they did after 9/11. This is ten times worse than 9/11. These are communities; whole cities of people, just gone. We're talking about cities, not just a building. We're talking about a whole coast of people. These are the same states that helped assure that Bush was gonna get in office, and then he turned his back on them. Where was he when we needed him? This is our President!

    In the Art of War they tell you that the best way to control the people is through chaos. Most people make their decisions when something happens that sways them emotionally. So maybe this is God's blessing. We as American people, no matter what race you are, we see that now we're gonna have to set up better systems to protect the poor. All these organizations that we're forming now need to stay in tact. We're gonna have to be prepared to take care of our own. And we're gonna have to make sure that these relief funds go to people who buy our records and support us and come to our concerts. Those are the families that I have to be concerned about first, because those are the families that put me in the position I'm in now.

    There's a lot more we can do as artists, but I'm really, really proud of the rappers who have stepped up to help. I can honestly say that we've concentrated so much on helping because it's in our hearts and it's the right thing to do, but we don't get the publicity for it. We're gonna have to make sure people see the efforts these rappers are making, because every time somebody gets shot or something negative happens at one of our concerts, they make sure they publicize it."

    - David Banner (OZONE Magazine Sept 2005)
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  • #2
    im likin his new album
    www.djacv.com
    Stayin' for that Trill shit.
    Somthin' you can feel shit.
    Anythang else man, I don't even wanna deal wit.

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    • #3
      damn, banner spoke the truth. the response time to 9/11 compared to the response time to this situation is just horrible

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      • #4
        David Banner's damn right. Great artist.
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        ICI C'EST PARIS !

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        • #5
          David Banner and Kanye stand up !!!!
          They can be proud of themselves
          Olympique Lyon : 7 times French Champion (2002-03-04-05-06-07-08)

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          • #6
            Great Article... He is right on every aspect!
            49ers

            - ALEX SMITH the next GREAT QB

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            • #7
              Real f'n Talk. Good article, can't wait for his album. Heard the advance but it's edited

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              • #8
                ^explicit leaked last night
                www.djacv.com
                Stayin' for that Trill shit.
                Somthin' you can feel shit.
                Anythang else man, I don't even wanna deal wit.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by david banner
                  It shows that America doesn't give a damn about people in the hood, period.
                  Have black people given America a reason to care about the hood? The hood is like a classroom full of children who misbehave. Why reward them if they can't get their shit together? If America was to develop a "Hood Task Force" the black community would just drive it away. They want their neighborhoods to be better but, at the same time, they like to brag about how bad it is where they come from.

                  They need to make their fucking minds up.
                  Originally posted by Obie2005
                  So far i've turned 20 kid's rep's red...

                  To people bad reppin me. keep em comin. I got well over 100,000 rep points so your shit don't faze me.
                  Originally posted by bad rep from obie
                  fuck you - obie2005 ( - 1000 bitch)

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                  • #10
                    Real talk.
                    E.A.W

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                    • #11
                      I didnt expect this from David Banner. He sounded very intelligent with his shit. Him gettin some food and water before the slow ass government was cool.
                      National Champion North Carolina Tarheels

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                      • #12
                        I've seen nothing to indicate that Bush dosen't care about black people. Guess what? When you pick up guns and start robbing, shooting, and raping people, noone's going to come to save you. Get a life.
                        The Church of Ishmael

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                        • #13
                          David Banner > Bush Family
                          My other aliases:
                          The West is Back
                          Masai
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                          The Man

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DJ ACV
                            im likin his new album
                            lol bout to d/l it right now

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                            • #15
                              Just gained a ton of respect for david banner.
                              If I can kick drugs, I can deliver a baby

                              Charlie RIP
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