Our third commitment is this: When communities are rebuilt, they must be even better and stronger than before the storm.
Within the Gulf region are some of the most beautiful and historic places in America. As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well.
That poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America. We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action.
So let us restore all that we have cherished from yesterday, and let us rise above the legacy of inequality.
When the streets are rebuilt, there should be many new businesses, including minority-owned businesses, along those streets.
- George W. Bush, 2005
“What a bombshell. How dare Obama introduce such racial tension into the Katrina recov—
This was Bush?
Oh, well it was OK then.
But when Obama said it in 2007, it was racist! Yeah, that’s the ticket.”
- Fox News, apparently