Bush’s Policies vs Political Theater

This is a tough one. I don’t think George W. Bush has known many African Americans in his lifetime outside of the baseball players on the Texas Rangers. Personally, I don’t think he thinks enough to be an outright bigot, but his policies (that are likely constructed by others) certainly do nothing to help people of dark skin tones get ahead in the US.

Yahoo! News – Hundreds Protest As Bush Visits MLK Tomb: ” Top Stories – AP

Hundreds Protest As Bush Visits MLK Tomb
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By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

The president’s critics dismissed his visit to the grave as a symbolic gesture that only underscored shortcomings in the administration’s relationship with blacks.

Back in Washington, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (news – web sites), said not one policy decision made by the Bush administration — from the war in Iraq (news – web sites) to the economy, from education to the environment — has mirrored King’s dream. “The president needs to be more embracing of elected African American officials and the entire African American community every day of the year, not just on January 15th,” he said.

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