Congressional Black Caucus Holds Press Conference
News/Comment; Posted on: 2005-09-03 01:45:23

Race-baiting demagogues say Whites responsible for black suffering.

FRIDAY, THE MOST prominent groups in the black snivel rights community gathered in Detroit to blast Whitey in front of a live audience. The Congressional Black Caucus, the Black Leadership Forum, the National Urban League, the National Council of Negro Women and the NAACP were all represented.

Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau, blasted "disparate treatment" of Katrina victims, referring to alleged reports of Whites, not blacks, being able to flee in boats.

Bruce Gordon, president and chief executive of the NAACP, said, "It is a matter of both race and economic class. The issue is sociological. It cannot be ignored. It cannot be denied. People have to be accountable for what happened."

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said, "If they had been White, middle-class Americans, they would have had the ability to push the right levers to make things happen quicker."

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings said "poverty, age and skin color" are determining who lives and dies.

(Illustration: Rapper Kanye West, who blamed Whitey for black suffering on live television.)

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., actually called on Americans not to harshly judge "wrongdoers": "Who are we to say what law and order should be in this unspeakable environment?"

Jackson said the federal government should make the nation's airlines move victims to cities around the country. "They should not be put in tent cities or in sports stadiums, but rather in hotel rooms," he said. "Where are the hotels of America, the airlines?" he added. Jackson further suggested that restaurant give free meals to black "victims".

One black audience member demanded to know whether the slow federal response was "black genocide," while another woman cried out, "African Americans built this nation. Descendants of slaves are being allowed to die."

"You want to know why all those black people are stuck down there dying?" asked Yvette Brown, an African-American evacuee from New Orleans. "If they were White, they'd be gone. They'd be sending in an army of helicopters, jets and boats."

The controlled media were also chastised for referring to victims as "refugees" rather than "American citizens," and for reporting the looting. "Desperate people do desperate things," said U.S. Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif.

Rapper Kanye West, appearing on "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" simulcast Friday night from New York on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, and Pax, said America was set up to help black people as slow as possible. West added, "They've given them permission to go down and shoot us."

Comedian Mike Myers was paired with West for a 90-second segment that began with Myers speaking of Katrina's devastation. Then, to Myers' evident surprise, West began a rant by saying, "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food."

After he stated, "George Bush doesn't care about black people. Please call --" the camera cut away to comedian Chris Tucker.

The Bush administration dispatched a top Cabinet official for some damage control. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied accusations of racism. "That Americans would somehow, in a color-affected way, decide who to help and who not to help - I just don't believe it," she told reporters at the State Department.

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  • Source: Jeff Hook • Printed from National Vanguard
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