Thursday, June 16, 2005

What Is George W. Bush's relationship to Black America?

George W. Bush's plan to change black leadership seems to have suffered a setback. Mr. Bush's plan was to increase the number of African-Americans in the Republican party. No ethnic group in the United States is more anti-Bush than the African American community. Mr. Bush did make inroads into the black community by a little more than two percent. Mr Bush did this by emphasizing the availability of faith based programs that would benefit blacks. Republican operatives also pointed out the general distaste for homosexuality that the majority of African-Americans feel. He spoke as if this were the major issue. Pastor Rivers lambasted Bush for his lack of support for genuine African aid. Mr Rivers said: "If we can give a $140bn tax cut to the richest of the rich, who are not infrequently white, we can give $25bn (£13bn) to the poorest of the poor, who are not infrequently black." The US level of official aid is less than 0.2 per cent of GDP compared to the United Nations target of 0.7 per cent. Listen to the BC Radio Commentary on the current relationship between George W. Bush and the African-American community at

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