''When the hurricane struck, it did not turn the region into a Third World country ... it revealed one,'' actor Danny Glover told the audience in a speech with Harry Belafonte.
''Katrina was not unforeseeable,'' Belafonte said. ''It was the result of a political structure that subcontracts its responsibility to private contractors and abdicates its responsibility altogether.''
Robin Williams poked fun at the Bush administration during his standup routine, in which he imagined an ethnically named Hurricane, and imagined its attitude: ''I'm going to go to Kennebunkport and see if they respond any quicker!''
Jazz singer Jon Hendricks summed up the tone of the evening. After singing one tribute, he said, ''That's the way I feel about New Orleans. This is the way I feel about the country right now.''
Then he launched into the angry song ''Tell Me The Truth,'' singing lines like ''Nowadays, wrong is right, down is up, black is white, bad is good, truth is a lie'' before defiantly singing, ''Somebody tell me what's right,'' to the applause of the audience.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Katrina Jazz Concert