RUSH: Since Mayor Nagin was at the White House announcing that the levees are going to be rebuilt stronger than they were before, and since Senator Landrieu was also on television just a moment ago, it’s time for some New Orleans news. “Statistics released by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals suggest that fewer than half of the victims of Hurricane Katrina were black, and that whites died at the highest rate of all races in New Orleans.” Well, it turns out that Katrina was a racist hurricane, just in a way that people missed at first. “In the aftermath of the storm some liberals were quick to allege that the Bush administration delayed its response to the catastrophe because most of the victims were black. Damu Smith, founder of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, in September said that the federal government ‘ignored us, they forgot about us … because we look like we look.’ Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in October said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency wasn’t fit to help the storm’s victims because ‘there are not enough blacks high up in FEMA’ and added that, ‘certainly the Red Cross is the same.’ Rapper Kanye West used his time on NBC’s telethon for the hurricane victims to charge that, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.'” He got a Grammy nomination because of that. He was rewarded.
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