A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
July 10, 2002
Bush and His Token Negroes
by Rita Weinstein
Lost in all the commentary about the economic issues in Bush's press conference was his incredibly insulting, racist response to a question about his administration's civil rights record (or lack thereof).
The questioner first referred to the NAACP conference that Bush did not attend, yet again, this year (in contrast to his attendance while campaigning). Then asked what Bush's response was to charges that his administration's record on civil rights is dismal.
His response was: "I was sitting at a table with a bunch of leaders, and across the table sat Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice." End of answer. In other words: I've got my tokens, who cares about the real issues? Certainly revealing of his motive in appointing them, I think. I wonder how they feel having been referred to as tokens.
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BuzzFlash would also like to call your attention to this article:
Report: Powell Says "Bastards Won't Drive Me Out"
And let's not forget the unimpeachably George W. Bush comment:
"Do you have Blacks in Brazil?"
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