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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Cornel West on Race, Poverty and Katrina

Check out this perspective on New Orleans.

6 comments:

Meredith said...

Even though the article said Condi Rice "sold her soul", she stated in an article I read yesterday that Bush realized what exists is "the soft bigotry of low expectations". How can we as society/christians/politics change this?

MichaelPolutta said...

I was frustrated by a lot of what Cornel West said. It seemed very simplistic in assigning blame. It seemed to be lacking in proposing solutions. It suggested as a causal factor "conservative social policies" in an area of the country that is profoundly not politically conservative. And I struggle with the suggestion that more federal power will actually make a difference.

Anonymous said...

If Mr West would like to take a closer look. The elected officials in NO were the one that at the least share the blame for this disaster. They were the ones spending monies allotted to the leavies on highway bypasses to the casinos, financing a priovate investigator to dig up dirt on a local DJ who was critical of the board and then having to pay him $45000 when he sued the leavy board and won. It is easy to pass blame on the Federal govt and there is PLENTY of blame to go around. But to say the federal govt is solely to blame is short sighted. If Mr West, who has a history of denigrating the government for the "racist policies", really believed what he has been spouting all these years, then why didn't he and the people of NO elect someone who would look out for them without the helping hand of the federal government. If he knew that the government wasn't going to be there, then why didn't he and other take action.
The answer is that they are simply using this tragedy for political gain and once again talking to the african american population about how leaders such as him are their saviors when they are only lloking out for themselves.
Did you see the news where the black women was screaming about "where her money was and when and where was the government going to build her a house?" I propose to you that this tragedy is a result of the "Great Society" attitude that the government will take care of you. If a Category 5 Hurricane come to a city below sealevel and the leavies are built for Cat 3. . .don't worry the government will take care of you. If your local elected officials cannot follow their specific written and rehersed evacuation plan. . . don't worry the government will take care of you. If your Governor needs 24 hrs before she decides if she needs the assistance of the federal government. . .don't worry the government will take care of you.

Enough of my ranting. I am tired of belaboring this mischaracterization of percieved injustice. Thank you for the format.

Soren said...

Puh-leeze! Chris, this is a joke, right?

Amen to what anonymous said.

Meredith said...

Even though the article said Condi Rice "sold her soul", she stated in an article I read yesterday that Bush realized what exists is "the soft bigotry of low expectations". How can we as society/christians/politics change this?

Anonymous said...

If Mr West would like to take a closer look. The elected officials in NO were the one that at the least share the blame for this disaster. They were the ones spending monies allotted to the leavies on highway bypasses to the casinos, financing a priovate investigator to dig up dirt on a local DJ who was critical of the board and then having to pay him $45000 when he sued the leavy board and won. It is easy to pass blame on the Federal govt and there is PLENTY of blame to go around. But to say the federal govt is solely to blame is short sighted. If Mr West, who has a history of denigrating the government for the "racist policies", really believed what he has been spouting all these years, then why didn't he and the people of NO elect someone who would look out for them without the helping hand of the federal government. If he knew that the government wasn't going to be there, then why didn't he and other take action.
The answer is that they are simply using this tragedy for political gain and once again talking to the african american population about how leaders such as him are their saviors when they are only lloking out for themselves.
Did you see the news where the black women was screaming about "where her money was and when and where was the government going to build her a house?" I propose to you that this tragedy is a result of the "Great Society" attitude that the government will take care of you. If a Category 5 Hurricane come to a city below sealevel and the leavies are built for Cat 3. . .don't worry the government will take care of you. If your local elected officials cannot follow their specific written and rehersed evacuation plan. . . don't worry the government will take care of you. If your Governor needs 24 hrs before she decides if she needs the assistance of the federal government. . .don't worry the government will take care of you.

Enough of my ranting. I am tired of belaboring this mischaracterization of percieved injustice. Thank you for the format.