Skip to comments.Obama Warns of 'Quiet Riot' Among Blacks
Posted on 06/05/2007 10:51:13 AM PDT by Rodney King
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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.
The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots.
"This administration was colorblind in its incompetence," Obama said at a conference of black clergy, "but the poverty and the hopelessness was there long before the hurricane.
"All the hurricane did was to pull the curtain back for all the world to see," he said.
Obama's attack on Bush got ovation after ovation from the nearly 8,000 people gathered in Hampton University's Convocation Center, particularly when he denounced the Iraq war and noted that he had opposed it from the outset.
Repeatedly, he referred to the riots that erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers of assault charges in the 1991 beating of Rodney King, a black motorist, after a high speed chase. Fifty-five people died and 2,000 were injured in several days of riots in the city's black neighborhoods.
"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths," Obama said. "They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."
He argued that once a hurricane hits or a jury renders a not guilty verdict, "the frustration is there for all to see."
Obama, who is bidding to become the first black president, took the stage after a succession of ministers repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet, singing, praying and swaying to music.
Could be worse.
woops. Headline should be “Obama warns of ‘Quiet Riot’ among blacks.”
Bush could have sent the Bay City Rollers in for entertainment after Katrina...something to cheer the homeless and indolent.
He [her father] said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness. And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the ... the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically. And that's really who he is. [My emphasis. End excerpt]
There are people still happily fanning the flames. A long hot summer coming?
Is the frustration and resentment building only in New Orleans? What about Mississippi? Are any whites or other minorities frustrated and resentful, or only just blacks? Is there any frustration and resentment in the rest of the country as it watches “victims” not lift a finger to help themselves, and almost two years later are still living happily on the dole? And how about their re-electing the same incompetents that created the disaster in the first place; is that building any frustration and resentment? Frankly, I think there’s plenty of frustration and resentment floating around over NO. And if the blacks explode, this time not everyone is going to sit back and watch the ongoings on TV. Maybe its time to teach some civic lessons...
Look you cocaine sniffing pandering fool, those "evacuees" are in Houston living on the dole and just got an extension for a free ride all the way to March 2009! Unemployment in Houston is 3.8% and they don't want to work! How exactly is Bush supposed to make them work?
As long as the riots are like they usually are, confined to the neighborhoods where folks only want freebies and gubmint handouts, who really gives a damn? I sure don’t, and if they want to come into my neighborhood and burn my house down, it just might be a war really quick. Obama is just another racebait jerk, and his chain ought to be pulled by the adult leadership in the black community, if such a thing even exists anymore.
Obama says blacks will riot and McCain says illegals will riot and burn cars.
Guess we really are under mob rule.
Come on feel the noise.
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Damn our representatives are doing a stellar job!
Obama evidently does not need any votes except the Jesse Sharpton crowd. I don’t think he is going to have any chance if he happens to get the Rat nomination....he is just another hate mongering leftist inciting a riot, jeez.
Obama hair metal ping.
Obama’s first mistake in my view . . . he’s making himself just another race huckster.
Liberals?! *roll eyes*
Didn’t the liberal candidate for PM in rance try this? Violence actually occurred.
Is B. Hussein Obama really so desparate as to attempt extortion? Sad.
No doubt. Let this guy keep talking. He sounds more like Sharpton and Jackson every day.
The MSM may be in love with Obama but he won’t go anywhere.
rance=France (although, rance is funnier...)