Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans: the best example of how the Bush Administration shows its "benign neglect"

New Orleans mayor Nagin in a fit of frustration told Bush to get off his _ _ _. Last night on national television hip hop artist Kanye West said "Bush doesn't care about Black people" It's nice to hear honesty for a change. Most of us are not aware that twenty countries around the world were ready to react to this emergency immediately. Among these countries were nations that have "unfriendly" relationships with the Bush Administration, like Cuba and Venezuela. The arrogance of this administration would not let these countries participate in the rescue. As a result thousands of tax paying U.S. citizens died. It is totally unbelievable that the Bush Administration would ignore Holland(with its elaborate system of dams) which has been confronted with the same problem that New Orleans has....being below sea-level. George W. Bush was on the third day of his vacation before he even decided to do anything to help New Orleans. 67% of New Orleans population is Black and what the government told them with their late response to the hurricane is "We don't care". There were serious warnings of the level five storm six days prior to it's landing in New Orleans, yet the president had the nerve to say, with a straight face: "We didn't know the levees were going to break. We didn't know the dams wouldn't hold" I am glad to see that I wasn't the only one to notice that "gigantic" lie. Even the mainstream media, that moves like a pregnant turtle with four broken legs noticed. Here is an except from a conversation between Good Morning America's Charlie Gibson and F.E.M.A director Michael Brown. Notice how Brown "doesn't" respond to what Gibson is saying.
GIBSON: Mike, with all due respect to you and with all due respect to the president, I was amazed to hear him say to Diane yesterday, "We didn’t know the levees were going to break. We didn’t know the dams wouldn’t hold".
We all were talking about that on Monday morning, that the levees were only built to withstand a category 3 hurricane. There’s batches of reports that say that. And you knew a 4 or 5 was coming all weekend long.
BROWN: I think we were all taken aback by the fact that the levees did break in so many places and caused such widespread devastation. And so we’re responding the best we can to help those people that are stuck in this ongoing disaster". The Republicans have an uncontrolable desire to privatize everything. Well they did privatize F.E.M.A and what do we get......the worst government response to a natural disaster EVER! Michael Brown had no prior experience combating disasters and during this entire ordeal it was obvious that he didn't have a clue, yet President Bush has the nerve to congratulate Michael Brown for a job well done. The waters started to flood New Orleans on Monday, relief didn't arrive until Friday. Homeland security chief Chertoff embarrassingly had to admit that he didn't know the New Orleans Convention Center was filled with people. Huge corporations with close ties to the Bush administration destroyed the barrier islands that in years past prevented water from coming into New Orleans. The black and poor white neighborhoods of Louisiana have been the dumping grounds for toxic chemical wastes for decades to such an extent that Louisiana along with Bush's home state of Texas is among the most environmentally threatened of the nation. 30% of New Orleans black population is unemployed. So when this selected president is seen shaking hands and hugging black people it rings hallow. I must also make it clear that I am not saying that white people don't care about what has happened to the black victims of hurricane Katrina because many of them have dedicated their time and money to help the people trapped by the hurricane. What I am saying is that the Bush administration doesn't give a damn about black people. We see it by its deeds... 1) making the playing field more unequal than ever 2) disenfranchising black voter participation 3) making attempts to control and influence black leadership. . . but the unkindest cut of all was what happened in New Orleans. It was unbelievable how the right wing talking heads focused on "looting" The overwhelming majority of those people who were stealing, did so in order to survive. They stole things like bread and water just to live. Those people who were stealing televisions sets were in the minority. "Blame the victim" is a favorite game of the right wing pundit. No matter what Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly might say to try to "clean it up" the bottom line is that racism is alive and well in the United States in 2005 and the Bush administration through its inaction in New Orleans should make that painfully clear to everyone.

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