Democrat Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts (think Elmer Fudd with a law degree andÃ‚Â hypothalamus deficiency) accused the Bush administration of “ethnic cleansing by inaction” for the government’s response to hurricane Katrina.Ã‚Â
This accusationÃ‚Â is certainlyÃ‚Â nothing new, but what is refreshing is finding a member of the Bush cabinet who has a pair.
Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, responded this way:
“It disturbs me tremendously when people want to say racism played a part in this,” he said. “As I reminded the Reverend Jesse Jackson and (NAACP President) Bruce Gordon, for 31 years we’ve had a black mayor in New Orleans; for 25 years we’ve had a predominately black city council in New Orleans, and the quality of life did not change for black people living in the Lower Eighth and Lower Ninth.”
In fact, Jackson asserted, “the quality of life had only gotten worse until the flood came in. … My contention is it wasn’t race, it was inefficiency and non-compassion.”
Alphonso Jackson is black, so he’d better startÃ‚Â wearing an “‘uncle Tom’-proof vest”Ã‚Â for subsequent discussions with Democrats. The truth can be dangerous.