jeudi, octobre 27, 2005

building a bridge to nowhere

"Did you see the misprint in Monday's "Daily Aztec"? It says that support for President Bush is down among blacks."


"That assumes that they supported him to begin with."

Bush loses credibility among black Americans
President Bush recently suggested he was the one to bridge the racial divide in the post-Hurricane Katrina United States. Did he speak correctly? If he were truly in earnest, his bridge would have to be really big.

A recent poll by NBC and The Wall Street Journal puts Bush's approval rating at a dismal 2 percent among the black community. This rating comes at a time when Bush's general approval is at 39 percent, the lowest of his presidential career.

Hurricane Katrina raised a lot of social issues, many of which were racial. For Bush to be despised among blacks shouldn't be surprising considering the significant number of impoverished blacks living in New Orleans when Katrina hit. Bush's apathetic response is the prime reason for his already dwindling pre-Katrina approval rating to dive into the single digits.

There are a number of other reasons I can think of to explain why blacks appreciate Bush even less than the French do. When outspoken Rapper Kanye West said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," during a Sept. 2 live concert fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief, according to Billboard magazine, he voiced an opinion that is well reflected by many blacks.

I disagree to a point: Bush just doesn't like poor people - of any color.

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