Monday, Sep. 14, 2009

AIDS Awareness?

The 2005 Live 8 concert tour, intended to raise awareness of global poverty and AIDS, was a huge hit — drawing a worldwide audience of 3 billion people. But during the Philadelphia stop of the tour, Kanye raised awareness in his own unique way, shocking the crowd by espousing the widely debunked claim that AIDS was a "man-made disease" that was "placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers." Just in case anyone missed his point, he reasserted his belief in the lyrics of his 2005 hit "Heard 'Em Say": And I know the government administered AIDS/ So I guess we just pray like the minister say.