Condoleezza Rice: Katrina apologist and cheerleader for neglect

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Rice, in a July 2005 press conference, announces that North Korea has agreed to return to the Six Party Talks

Essence Magazine, the beautiful women’s magazine formerly owned by black folks, has treated us to another interview with what can only be termed as an “acceptable” corporate role model for black women, Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State and part-time Bush spokesmodel. 

The Bush/corporate spokesmodel shared some startling insights.  A favorite quotation is the following regarding the Administration response to Hurricane Katrina:

“I resented the notion that the President of the United States, this President of the United States, would somehow decide to let people suffer because they were black…I found that to be the most corrosive and outrageous claim that anybody could have made, and it was wholly and totally irresponsible.”

She professed no feelings of accountability, Rice said, “The government did its best. People aren’t perfect, and this response was not perfect. You know, I do foreign policy, I don’t run Homeland Security. I don’t run FEMA. I do foreign policy.” She elaborated, “I did what I could to coordinate the international response.”

I find it remarkably tone deaf of the classically trained Miss Condi to confess astonishment that black folks believe that the Katrina response was slower because the thousands of people that were literally at risk of drowning didn’t look like Barbara Bush.

You could hardly blame black folk for believing this. I mean, didn’t the President’s mother say,  ” Almost everyone I’ve talked to says, ‘We’re gonna move to Houston.’ What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas… Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality, and so many of the people in the arenas here, you know, were underprivileged anyway. This is working very well for them.”  

While Condi was busy “coordinating” the international response in  the upscale shoe departments of Manhattan, the President’s mother was assuring the American people that it was a step up for Hurricane Katrina survivors to be sleeping on the floor in the Houston Astrodome dazed, confused, homeless, and unemployed. She had the audacity to fear that these “underprivileged” people would be living so close to her in Houston.

The firestorm generated by these particular comments from Mrs. Bush elicited no reponse from the corporate spokesmodel that I can recall. 

This is the real Condi. She is an unrepentant apologist for the racist neglect of Katrina. Perhaps black women can stop admiring her because there really is nothing admirable about selling black folks out.

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Kweisi Mfume: On the cusp of victory?

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On the heels of the September Maryland democratic primary Kweisi Mfume is still battling the odds and clinging to what amounts to a lead in the latest poll out in this race over his main competiton and establishment choice, Congressman Ben Cardin.

Cardin has aggressively been fundraising since the begining of this race and leads substantially in funds raised. This race has the most potential for a powerful progressive win this year. I have been watching since Mfume’s announcement and had hoped that he wouldn’t have to struggle as he has. He has been grinding this thing out since he announced. 

He looks to be on the cusp of victory, he polls favorably now with Steele in the General. He hadn’t been able to in the past.  Steele’s close association with the administration is hurting him something terrible. Poor Baby. Maybe his President can help? Right. 🙂

Jesse Jr. is running for Mayor

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Jesse Jackson, Jr. has announced an exploratory candidacy today for Mayor of the City of Chicago.  It is the ultimate job. His potential candidacy is the most serious black candidacy since 1989 when Mayor Richard M. Daley recaptured the Mayor’s office from Interim Mayor Eugene Sawyer.   Already in the race is Cook County Clerk of Court Dorothy Brown. Mrs. Brown, also Black has potential but in the end probably won’t stay in this race.  This effort by Jackson is exciting and recaptures for me the magic of his daddy’s 84 and 88 runs for President. I am the only 12 year old that I know who knew how many delegates to the DNC Jackson had on any given day.  Daddy Jackson’s races awakened my inner politician in a way nobody has done before or sense.  I wish him well.  I shall be watching how this race unfolds step by step and intend to cover it here.