“This administration was colorblind in its incompetence,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.
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.”
Predictably, Republican strategists took to the airwaves accusing Obama of fear-mongering about the ever present “race issue.”
Ironic, isn’t it? The difference between the Republicans and Obama on race is that while the Republican party is fear-mongering about what immigrant minorities MAY do to America if we are not sufficiently vigilant (hopping the border, terrorism…), Barack Obama is talking about conditions that actually exist for minorities in America, and is being vilified for it.
So, then, the choice in this year’s election is between a party pushing convenient, fictionalized problems in an effort to secure the angry white vote, and another party offering up the truth on the issues and pushing tough solutions to real problems.