Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Death of a Nation

Racism. Such an ap- propriately nasty word. There are many who belive that racism was a factor in the Federal Gov- ernment's (Bush's) delay in taking action. Now, I despise that crook just as much as the next lefty liberal. But I don't see that racism was a factor at all. What I DO believe the factors to be were...

a) he was on vacation, and couldn't be bothered.
b) This was a "Blue" region of Louisiana. Who gives a shit about "those people" anyway?
c) It wasn't so much a racial issue, but a social one.

Barack Obama cited the "passive indifference on the part of our government towards the least of these". I think he summed it up well. It doesn't matter if they are African, European, Hispanic, or Asian. They were poor, disadvantaged inner city people who had no way to evacuate. The choice was not theirs. They HAD to stay. There was nowhere for them to go, and no way for them to get there.

There is going to be a LOT of racial backlash about this, too. For decades and centuries, there was a legitimate gripe about discrimination, neglect, and persecution regarding race. This is a fact. It is hard to convince a large number of African-Americans that this is not the case... this time.


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