WE'D BETTER LEARN FROM 2007
By: Selwyn Duke
Many millions of people have been murdered throughout history
due to ethnic and racial hatred. Its a deadly flaw that man, being tribalistic by
nature, tends toward. This is why there are few things more destructive and evil than
using lies to stoke the fires of racial animosity. This brings me to the recently
discussed video of Barack Obamas 2007 Hampton University speech.
As some already know, the video shows Obama feigning an Ebonics
accent (not always very well) while addressing the universitys mostly black
audience. This is eyebrow-raising not just because the president doesnt normally
speak that way, but because he surely never did. Remember that Obama never actually lived
in a black neighborhood, having grown up in Indonesia and Hawaii. In fact, even when he
became a community agitator later in life, he didnt live among the project dwellers
he was agitating but in racially mixed Hyde Park a 90-minute commute away.
Most damning, however, is what 2007 Obama said about the
governments response to Hurricane Katrina. As Thomas Sowell presented
Departing from his prepared remarks, he
[Obama] mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving federal disaster
relief to contribute 10 percent as much as the federal government does.
Senator Obama, as he was then, pointed out
that this requirement was waived in the case of New York [after 9/11] and Florida [after
Hurricane Andrew] because the people there were considered to be "part of the
American family." But the people in New Orleans predominantly black
"they don't care about as much," according to Barack Obama.
Such race-baiting is always bad, but theres something that
makes this far, far worse: two weeks before Obamas speech, the Senate had in fact voted to waive the Stafford Act for New
Orleans. Moreover, that city ultimately received more federal tax money for
reconstruction than New York and Florida combined.
But it gets worse still. As Sowell writes:
Unlike Jeremiah Wright's church, the U.S.
Senate keeps a record of who was there on a given day. The Congressional Record for
May 24, 2007 shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that
waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14 Senators who voted
against repeat, AGAINST the legislation which included the waiver.
So lets put what happened in plain terms:
Obama votes against funding for the disaster-stricken black people
about whom he purports to care.
The measure, however, passes despite his resistance.
He then appears in front of other black people a mere two weeks later
and claims that no such funding was forthcoming.