'To Me, It Just Seems Like Black People Are Marked'
By Wil Haygood
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 2, 2005; A01
BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 1 -- It seemed a desperate echo of a bygone era, a mass of desperate-looking black folk on the run in the Deep South. Some without shoes.
Jackson Blasts Bush Over Katrina Aid
Sep 02 3:48 PM US/Eastern
By DOUG SIMPSON
Associated Press Writer
BATON ROUGE, La.
Racism is partly to blame for the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, calling President Bush's response to the disaster "incompetent."
"Today, as the President comes to Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi for his ceremonial trip to look at the victims of the devastation, he would do well to have a plan more significant than a ceremonial tour," Jackson said Friday.
Black lawmakers angry at Bush response to Katrina
CTV.ca News Staff
African American lawmakers have expressed outrage and blamed U.S. President George W. Bush for the "slow and incomplete response" to the devastation wrecked by Hurricane Katrina.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, along with members of the Black Leadership Forum, National Conference of State Legislators, National Urban League and the NAACP, told a news conference in Washington D.C. Friday that the response from the federal government was slow because most of those left behind were poor.
Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md, said residents of the stricken areas had gone far too long without clean drinking water and asked why "the differences between those who live and those who die are poverty and skin color?"
Project 21 Responds to Congressional Black Caucus Criticism of Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
9/2/2005 3:03:00 PM
To: National Desk
Contact: Ryan Balis of Project 21, 202-543-4110 ext. 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a press conference today in which it was that asserted God "cannot be pleased" with the Bush Administration's response to Hurricane Katrina and suggested race is a factor affecting the likelihood of a person's survival in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Speaking at the press conference, Rep. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), said "To the President of the United States, I simply say that God cannot be pleased with our response." Cummings also said: ""We cannot allow it to be said that the difference between those who lived and those who died in this great storm and flood of 2005 was nothing more than poverty, age or skin color."
Members of the black leadership network Project 21 have blasted the Congressional Black Caucus -- whose elected members are charged to serve the best interest of all Americans -- for racially politicizing a natural catastrophe.