Skip to comments.Gulf Coast Isn't the Only Thing Left in Tatters; Bush's Status With Blacks Takes Hit
Posted on 09/12/2005 2:52:23 AM PDT by Crackingham
From the political perspective of the White House, Hurricane Katrina destroyed more than an enormous swath of the Gulf Coast. The storm also appears to have damaged the carefully laid plans of Karl Rove, President Bush's political adviser, to make inroads among black voters and expand the reach of the Republican Party for decades to come.
Many African-Americans across the country said they seethed as they watched the television pictures of the largely poor and black victims of Hurricane Katrina dying for food and water in the New Orleans Superdome and the convention center. A poll released last week by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center bore out that reaction as well as a deep racial divide: Two-thirds of African-Americans said the government's response to the crisis would have been faster if most of the victims had been white, while 77 percent of whites disagreed.
The anger has invigorated the president's critics. Kanye West, the rap star, raged off-script at a televised benefit for storm victims that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said in Miami last week that Americans "have to come to terms with the ugly truth that skin color, age and economics played a significant role in who survived and who did not."
At the White House, the public response has been to denounce the critics as unseemly and unfair. "I think all of those remarks were disgusting, to be perfectly frank," Laura Bush said in an interview with the American Urban Radio Network, when asked about the comments of Mr. West and Mr. Dean. "Of course President Bush cares about everyone in our country."
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LOL. The fact that 1/3 of Blacks see through the MSM's attempt to make this racial is hopeful.
And that stupid rapper was booed by an entire stadium of football fans, throughout his performance.
The NYTs is trying to create a story and give it legs.
The NYT is a self fulfilling prophesy.
The New York Times is having a field day using their pages to promote lies and propaganda and then sit back so they can report polling data to show that people have been affected by the selective and outright false reporting.
Furthermore, the Administration may have solidified its support among whites, as a reaction to the criminal conduct of blacks in New Orleans, the blazing ignorance and incompetence of Mayor Nagin, and the evident bias of the press in covering the story, including this article.
So the NYT wishes.
Propaganda at its worst and oh so transparent.
If the N.A.A.Colored People think this is Bush's fault, who wants their votes anyway. Let the Dems buy their votes.
Midgets are affected too.
I can't survive for more than twenty-four hours without government assistance. Being given nothing but water and MREs for three days is worse than what they had to eat on the plantations. FEMA should have given me a $20,000 debit card for all the crap I had to go through.
I believe that the Red Cross has stated that it was the Louisiana Department of Homeland security which kept them from bringing aid to these folks!
The problem is that blacks' status with the rest of the world has "taken a hit." If the dysfunctional black government and the black underclass of NO had been trying to do everything possible to confirm stereotypes and generate animosity, they could not have done a better job.
That's where Jesse and the gang should turn their attention. But there's no money in that, so they won't.
Been here for hundreds of years - born, fed, and housed for free in many cases yet unwilling to get out of the way of the biggest storm in memory. Yet it's someone else's fault?
There's nothing we can do about it until a sea change occurs in that community.
A) It's the NY Slimes, so they can and will say anything they choose to make up to make Bush look bad, B) if blacks are stupid enough to fall for the 'blame Bush' campaign, then they get exactly what they deserve from the Democrats.
And coming from a liberal area, Boston.
I'd love to have a field day with sponsors of the New York Times, just with people in our FR's community.
Cheney and Rumsfeld. Yeah, that's the ticket!
It's all Bush's fault. /Sarc off
But don't blame 40 years of Democratic socialism, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other vocal socialist black elitist who continue to "protect" and "preserve" their constituency (meal ticket). /Sarc off
And, as you said, the Red Cross (and Salvation Army) were prevented from supplying aid on that facility by the state Dept. of Homeland Security.
It's NEVER a surprise the press's DAMNED LIES are then regurgitated in polls.
Did the NYT have an article along the lines of "Clinton's (and by extension Gore) status with Cubans takes hit" during the Elian fiasco?
So...Bush hates black people. Well, from all we've seen, heard, and read by the MSM, Bush must only hate the black people who live in New Orleans. He's fine with blacks in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Does that even make sense??
Of course not!
Due to the lies and distortions of the MSM. MSM needs to die quicker.
You don't want to exacerbate a humanitarian crisis, so you intentionally deny food and water to people who are already in parlous health?
NY Times new slogan: Largest Editorial Section Of Any Paper - Begins on Page 1A.
I also see DU types writing oh-so-clever letters that the 'real looters' are the Bush administration. Whatever.
Isn't this the same reporter who vowed that she'd gladly give Clinton a Lewinsky if he would keep abortion legal? Just consider the source.
It's a terrible thing when they're screwing with my reputation right along with Bush's.
The Race Baiters and Race Pimps are having a field day. Too many African Americans are not truthfully looking into the Democratic Party and its destruction of the Black Family. Thug culture is the result. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that 40% of murders are committed by Black Males who are 6% of the population. Is there a problem there? Why does the media give this Thug Culture a free pass? Oh that's right they don't want to be racists.
The Mayhem, Rape, & Murder witnessed by the World is more confirmation that Black Culture in this Nation is seriously wheels off. That Rev.s Sharpton & Jackson and Hollyweird excuse this behavior is setting back race relations. Still Whites open their wallets, and their checkbooks and contribute. Others risk their lives and fortunes to help total strangers. Yet this is ignored.
The MSM empty suits have been looking for an issue to hang Bush with. An incomptent FEMA Administrator has given them the ammunition finally to weaken a strong President. That Bush has put African Americans into positions of National power does not matter to Blacks in the Democratic Party. I am sick of pandering to them and excusing the inexcusable.
Can we now have a reasonable Dialog about poverty? And stop trying to reinvogorate failed policies that created this mess in the first place. Want to see what Blacks do to each other Look at South Africa, The Congo, Sudan, Ruwanda. Yet our media dumb bells want to give a free pass to this behavior. No more guilt money to The Rainbow Extortion Racket of Rev. Jackson. No More.
"Cheney and Rumsfeld. Yeah, that's the ticket!"
Shades of when Sherman made Georgia howl come to mind!
Some of my people who have been staunch supporters of the Democrats for over 30 years, need to open their eyes to the fact that their support has done nothing for the Black Community. Some folks are still in the same boat because they have been accepting handouts too long. We have got to get behind the party that has the faith in us that we have our ability to be self- sufficient. And it is not the Democrats. The Democrats don't believe in we Black people.
I have to wonder, if America really were the racist nation that "con-yee" and his ilk think, would the outpouring of help from Americans be as overwhelming as it has been?? I almost have to wonder if they won't have a surplus of money and supplies when this is all over.
In addition, if white folks care nothing about black victims, wouldn't Mr Bush's ratings be going up? After all, if whites perceive he is racist like we are supposed to be, isn't Bush then doing the will of the people?? Just goes to prove the "rap artists," Sharpton, Jackson, and the rest of them are full of bull.
Yeah, with the help of the MSM. Thanks guys. /sigh
I'd have been disappointed if this didn't come out of the NY Times!
Though I am a Yankee by birth and a Rebel by choice and I wish no harm to come to what is left of Southern tradition ... a good "howling" would be delightful! ;)
The analogy of the "bad marriage" is a very apt one.
The problem is that this lousy relationship affects our entire society, just the way a bad marriage affects the rest of the family, the neighbors and even police. Remember, a domestic violence call is one of the most dangerous calls there is for a police officer.
We had an international perception of a breakdown in US society - why? Because of the behavior of a tiny but disproportionately influential group of people. Like a bad marriage, they are damaging all of the society around them.
The problem is, of course, that the only people who can stop this are the Dems and the blacks themselves. Actually, the only people who can stop it are blacks, because they are individuals and can change, while the Dem party can't change because it has been this way since its inception. Blacks have to step away from the Dem party, and they have to start taking responsibility for their lives again. That's a pretty tall order, and they need leadership to do it. And therein lies the problem...
I always cringe when I hear this. I don't really know what that means. I know there is a Chinese community in San Francisco, and I know some "poor communities" (redneck towns in the Hill Country), but I don't see a whole lot of "black community," especially in the images of looting.
Community implies neighbors and knowing them and caring for them. Community does not mean "your property is now communal because nobody is looking!"
In my case, (my statistically insignificant sample of me!) the only black people I know and hang out with are in my socio-economic level (or above me.) And they don't "cavort" with any black community that they ever speak of any more than I hang out with german-americans because they have blue eyes and bad tempers like me.
Non of this really means anything, just making an observation that I made once when I was pummeled by some NoCal libs when I said "the only black people I know in Texas are richer than me." They responded that they knew black people and that they volunteered many hours driving to Oakland to work in "the black community" and that I as an angry white man knew nothing about "the black community."
I thought that was ironic, and it still makes me think "the black community" is a ridiculous (if not belittling) concept.
Luckily for the media and the dumb dems Bush ain't running again. If he was running again, he would be doing all it takes to regain any lost standing with the public and would win reelection.
I'm not too sure what the news channel was trying to convey but I would have hoped that they would have informed her that George Bush wasn't going to be running for anything anymore.
It is precisely this "support" which has, over the years; extracted the father from the family unit, and worst of all, deprived recipients of their dignity and their faith in their own abilities.
It would be the one big opportunity for them.
The New York Times believes all black people are stupid enough to believe their Sht.
Sorry, you can't lose something you never had.
Bush's popularity rising!
My guess, however, is that this will actually drive black voters to the Republicans. The Dems see all black voters as the people in NO when that is so far from the truth. If Master P can see that West was probably just trying to hype a new record than I am sure most others do too.
Once everything shakes loose it will be obvious that Nagin and Blanco shoulder the blame. The worst problem is the medias ignorance or just plain Pravda like ways of ignoring the truth. Chris Mathews recently asked a question like "Shouldn't there be one face, like a person, who is the face of this recovery, who we see as in charge of this whole thing?" I just wish some would say "There should be Chris and her name is Governor Blanco, she just isn't anywhere to be found. The reason we always see Jeb Bush on TV whenever a disaster hits Florida isn't because he's the Presidents brother, but because he is the Governor of Florida and knows what his responsibility is to Florida, you jack ass."
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