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It’s Not Compassion — It’s Wright-Wing Racism

March 22, 2008

By Michael Reagan
March 20, 2008
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Most of the media and their fellow liberals were positively giddy over Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday, all but comparing it to the Sermon on the Mount.

I won’t deny it was a masterful piece of oratory — the man can be spellbinding — but when you stop to consider what Sen. Obama was really doing up there on the podium, invoking the specter of slavery and Jim Crow and the era of “whites only,” it becomes clear that it was a con job designed to make the voters as giddy as he knew his worshippers in the submissive media would be.

The speech was meant to be an explanation and expiation of his guilt for his years of remaining mute in the face of the outrageous anti-Americanism spewed by his pastor and bosom buddy, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Until Tuesday, Barack Obama (you can’t use his middle name, which has now become the “H-word,” allegedly a code word for anti-Muslim rhetoric) had steadfastly denied he ever heard his friend and pastor make his hateful remarks. In the speech, however, he just kind of mentioned that… well, yes … he guesses he was aware of the Reverend Wright’s offensive rhetoric after all. Mea Minima Culpa.

He then launched into a defense of his friendship with the man he credited for bringing him to Christianity, and helping to form his social and political philosophy and set him on the path to a life of public service. Admirably, while denouncing Wright’s extremism, he refused to denounce the man himself.

Nobody expected him to declare Wright anathema and cast him into the outer darkness where there is weeping and wailing and the gnashing of teeth — one simply doesn’t do to that sort of thing to a longtime friend, benefactor and mentor even if he has been shown to have slipped the rails time after time.

What was not expected was Barack H. Obama’s use of a litany of America’s past racist offenses to justify not only Wright’s blatant hatred of white America but his suggestion that it was a sentiment shared by most African Americans. And that is simply not true.

Nor was it true, as Obama charged, that the Reagan coalition was created out of white resentment for affirmative action or forced busing.

He charged that “anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan coalition. Politicians routinely exploited fears of crime… talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.”

Poppycock! These are not only outright falsehoods, but echoes of what Obama learned at the feet of Jeremiah Wright and now preaches as his own beliefs. He learned his lessons well.

When he suggested that my father’s coalition was based on anger over affirmative action and welfare he was peddling a blatant falsehood as egregious in its falsity as Wright’s charge that whites created AIDS to wipe out the black population.

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Obama confronts racial division in US, Talks About Rev. Wright

March 18, 2008
By NEDRA PICKLER and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writers

PHILADELPHIA – Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to stem damage from divisive comments delivered by his pastor, while bluntly addressing anger between blacks and whites in the most racially pointed speech yet of his presidential campaign.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks ...
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks about race during an address in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) 

Obama confronted America’s legacy of racial division head on, tackling black grievance, white resentment and the uproar over his former pastor’s incendiary statements. Drawing on his half-black, half-white roots as no other presidential hopeful could, Obama asserted: “This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected.”

Obama expressed understanding of the passions on both sides in what he called “a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.”

Related:
The Right Stuff or The Wright Stuff

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Katrina and New Orleans Demographics

September 3, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
September 3, 2007

This is a story about people facing challenges and those ready, willing and able to turn a disaster into just one more hurdle in life.

Two years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina we have an opportunity to look at how the victims and displaced responded in a crisis.

A Vietnamese-American friend who lives in New Orleans said to me:  “Mother fled North Vietnam when the communists pushed out the French in 1954.  She walked to South Vietnam and lived for a year in a refugee camp.  In 1975 she was living in Saigon when the communists captured that city.  The economy failed and she and almost all of the people of Saigon were sent into the rice fields to grow food. She called this ‘the second leaving.'”

“My grandfather knew near starvation under the rule of the Japanese invaders during World war II,” she said.  “So our family and many Vietnamese know hardship face to face.”

“After Mother fled the communists in 1975 and worked the fields, she had to smuggle cocaine to feed the family.  She made a plan to flee the communists a third time.  On August 12, 1982, she made it to the U.S.A.  after an arduous journey.”

“When hurricane Katrina destroyed my home and seafood processing business, I had no second thoughts about rebuilding.  This is the home of my Mother’s grand children.”

My friend is named Nga and she represents the faith and determination many in New Orleans and the surrounding Hurricane Katrina ravaged Gulf Coast.

My Vietnamese-born wife, herself a former refugee, calls those Vietnamese who lived through the Japanese occupation, the flight from the communists in the North in 1954, the flight from Saigon in 1975 and the ultimate fleeing from their home country “survivors.”

Nga finished with: “My Mom and all our ancestors went through more than we can ever know.  After Katrina was no time for my family to surrender to a storm.”

But many did “surrender to a storm” as my Vietnamese-American friend said.  This happens in any crisis.

Tulane University professor Richard Campanella has been watching New Orleans and its population’s make up for years.  What he says about the population of Katrina reinforces what Nga told me.

Asians are staying.  Many have already rebuilt their homes and businesses.  Help came from Vietnamese-American communities across America.  And many “Viet Kiew,” those Vietnamese spread across the globe after the communists captured Saigon in 1975, sent money to their countrymen from Norway, Australia, Canada and elsewhere.

Professor Campanella says scores of Hispanics have copme to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to help rebuild.  They came seeking high paying jobs that were tough: many worked on construction sites.

Many Hispanics say they will stay in New Orleans and several have opened businesses.  The entreprenurial spirit lives.

The White population largely stayed in New Orleans too; and most rebuilt or are doing so now.

Before Katrina the population mix of New Orleans, according to professor Campanella, was 70 percent Black, some 28 percent  White, and the rest were Asian or Spanish speaking people from Mexico and Central and South America.

Today, the Black population of New Orleans is down below 50 percent, Whites are just above 40 percent, the Asian community stayed in New Orleans and the surrounding area and the Hispanic population has surged to an all time high.

Jobs are still available in New Orleans but job growth is slowing.

“The suggestion in the data is clear,” said demographer Elliott Stonecipher. “We apparently are at a place where the post-storm employment recovery is peaking. It may have peaked.”

Where did the Black poluation go and why did they leave? 

People who fled to Texas who agreed to be interviewed said the schools in Texas are better than those in New Orleans and New Orleans still has a troubled healthcare system.

Several hospitals in New Orleans have not reopened and those that have again resumed care face tough staffing shortages. 

The Black population is up in Texas, Washington D.C. and other centers where Katrina victims congregated.  Whether they return to New Orleans or not remains to be seen.

According to Professor Campanella, “Whether one sees these shifts as good or bad, they are complex and fascinating phenomena and we are in a really amazing place to be right now.”

Related:
The Unspeakable Truth: Katrina, New Orleans and Race

Two Years After Katrina, New Orleans Slowly Recovering

September 2, 2007

By Greg Flakus
Voice of America
Houston
29 August 2007

Two years ago Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast of the United States, devastating a wide area from Louisiana to Alabama, with an especially tragic outcome in the city of New Orleans, where a surge of water caused by the storm toppled levees and flooded much of the city.

Today, New Orleans continues its slow pace of recovery and urban experts envision a somewhat smaller and somewhat different city. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Houston.

Two years after Katrina, a large number of people who refer to themselves as being from New Orleans still live in Houston and in other cities around the country. Some say they want to return; some are resigned to stay where they are.

Blacks once represented 70 percent of the population, with whites at 28 percent and Hispanics and Asians dividing up the remaining two percent.

Now, he says, the Hispanic population has surged, Blacks are down below 50 percent and whites are just above 40 percent. Another change he sees is fewer children in many neighborhoods and fewer elderly as well. These trends result from poor schools and a weak healthcare system.

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