Many in the media are turning their eyes toward the federal government, rather than considering
the culpability of city and state officials. I am fully aware of the challenges of having a quick and responsive emergency
response to a major disaster. And there is definitely a time for accountability; but what isn't fair is to dump on the federal
officials and avoid those most responsible--local and state officials who failed to do their job as the first responders.
The plain fact is, lives were needlessly lost in New Orleans due to the failure of Louisiana's governor, Kathleen Blanco,
and the city's mayor, Ray Nagin.
Racist Finger Pointers Play The Katrina Blame Game
Lee P. Butler
"I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family,
it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people
are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because
it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right
now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there.
So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black
people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot
of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot
That was the despicable, irresponsible, impromptu hate-filled rant from rapper Kanye West during the nationally
televised one-hour fundraising celebrity studded event presented by NBC for the national disaster on the Gulf coast created
by the category 4 hurricane Katrina.
That statement was bad enough, but West wasn't through with his off-the-cuff,
vitriolic racist remarks. He ended his diatribe by saying; "George Bush doesn't care about black people!"
have dismissed his comments as being borne of frustration and though 'inappropriate' should be accepted as 'understandable'.
Yet, there was nothing acceptable about that racist rant in the face of the tragedy that continues to unfold and the unfortunate
belief that he was simply voicing an opinion he held about the President regardless of the intensity of the catastrophe.
belief is only exemplified when West's words are echoed by liberal extremist Michael Moore on his website; "It's not your
fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands has no transportation to get out of town,"
Moore wrote. "C'mon, they're black! ... Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days?"
opened the door for racist hate-mongers to use the sorrowful pain and suffering of those who were trapped in the aftermath
of the disaster to politicize their plight and attack President Bush and his administration with the same rhetorical denigration
used by Democrats during election seasons.
But if you go back, following the timeline of events and plot the facts
as they played out, a much different picture is portrayed than the one being force fed to the American public by media elitists
with an obvious political agenda that plainly coincides with their own political biases.
On Sunday, August 28th, New
Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D) and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) gave a press conference during which they officially
called for the immediate, mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. Mayor Nagin then heeded his own advice and spent the better
part of the week following the storm in Baton Rouge castigating everybody but himself.
What the liberal media continues
to not fully report and in most cases blatantly ignores is that on Friday, before the storm, the President was constantly
on the phone with the Louisiana Governor. The Governor admitted President Bush tried to get her to call for the evacuation
of the city and documentation shows he wanted her to officially request federal assistance, which is required by law to happen
before the federal government can take action.
By early Saturday, the Governor had received 'a proposed legal memorandum
asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans'. But state level officials rejected that proposal,
because they were 'concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law'.
time President Bush was at his ranch in Crawford, as liberals keep chanting, 'on vacation' leading up to and during part of
the aftermath, he was trying to get control of the situation and gathering all the information that was available to assist
in the decision making process. All the while, Governor Blanco was ignoring his requests and advice. Even the Director of
the Hurricane Center called on her and Mayor Nagin to evacuate.
As reported by the Washington Post: 'Blanco made two
moves Saturday that protected her independence from the federal government: She created a philanthropic fund for the state's
victims and hired James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency director in the Clinton administration, to advise her
on the relief effort.' She was finally admitting, "We did not have enough resources here to do it all. . . . The magnitude
Even though it wasn't until Sunday that Blanco and Nagin officially announced the mandatory evacuation,
President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, which brought FEMA into action. They stationed troops and supplies
in strategic areas in preparation of the storm. Less than 24 hours before the storm eventually hit, the Mayor and Governor
announced the mandatory evacuation.
Police and firefighters patrolled the city telling people to evacuate. Many chose
to use the Superdome for protection, "We're not evacuating," said Julie Paul, 57. "None of us have any place to go. We're
counting on the Superdome. That's our lifesaver." It would become Hell on Earth.
Left behind in the wake of Katrina,
was total chaos and destruction. The enormity of the disaster was vividly displayed on national television. Within 24 hours,
7200 National Guard troops from four states were ready to go into Louisiana, but couldn't until their assistance was officiated
by the Mayor and Governor.
Cries of racism sprang out from the usual hate-mongering suspects and fingers started being
pointed, led by Mayor Nagin who eagerly chastised the President for lack of help with evacuating stranded residents. Residents
who should have been evacuated before the storm if Nagin had followed Louisiana's own evacuation plan.
The plan, adopted
in 01/00 clearly states on page 13, paragraph 5, 'The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School
and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation
for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating'.
Yet hundreds of school buses and municipal
buses stand flooded, having never been used to evacuate those not fortunate enough to be able to leave of their on volition
or thought the Superdome, as Mayor Nagin suggested, would protect them, if they had blankets and food for several days.
wasn't until late in the week that Louisiana asked for a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance and opened the channel
for federal assistance, at which time President Bush acted swiftly to bring in more troops and rescuers from across the country.
that time, in contrast to the severe conditions in New Orleans, Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi; which were just as devastated,
were well under way in their rescue and clean up efforts with help from the federal government. The authorities there quickly
requested federal aid once the devastation was assessed.
"The federal government's job is big and it's massive, and
we're going to do it," President Bush said on Friday. "Where it's not working right, we're going to make it right. Where it
is working right, we're going to duplicate it elsewhere."
Racist hate-mongers will always see a racial component in
everything and the Bush haters will never forfeit an opportunity to attack him or his administration and the two are often
coordinated dance partners. Sometimes a guilty conscience speaks louder than the words they are using to divert attention
away from the failed actions of the speakers.
The survivors of the United States greatest natural disaster deserve
better than having the tragedy of their lives exploited for political posturing.