Why Do Jazz Musicians Hate America?

Danny Glover, making me glad I saw Lethan Weapon 3 about fifteen times, and Harry Belafonte, making me glad I have lots of his music on the iPod.

“When the hurricane struck, it did not turn the region into a Third World country … it revealed one,” actor and activist Danny Glover said in a speech with Harry Belafonte in which both criticized the government, not only for the response to the hurricane but for the conditions prior to it.

“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.”

Celebrities taking part included Bette Midler, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Toni Morrison, Robert De Niro, Cassandra Wilson, Meryl Streep, Shirley Caesar and the evening’s host, Laurence Fishburne. A condensed version was broadcast on PBS.

Robin Williams poked fun at the administration during his standup routine, in which he imagined an ethnically named Hurricane and its attitude: “I’m going to go to Kennebunkport and see if they respond any quicker!”

The Bush family compound is in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bill Cosby played it straight as he called on the American people to hold government accountable.

“This happened to the people. The constitution says of the people, by the people, for the people,” he said. “But the people who got the office, got into office and forgot about the people.”