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Coretta & Martin, Katrina & Bush

Program #SHAL001. Recorded in Boulder, CO on February 13, 2006.

Audio sample:
Warned of dire consequences before Katrina struck Bush proclaimed, "We are fully prepared." Days later he said no one could have anticipated the levees being breached. Precisely that possibility ranked very high on disaster scenarios. New Orleans has one of the highest concentrations of poverty in the country. Most of the poor people are African American. They had no way to get out and were left abandoned. It was a free market solution. If you had a car and money for gas you could evacuate. One can only imagine if Katrina was bearing down on the Hamptons or Malibu what the response would have been. Probably the half of the military not in Iraq and Afghanistan would have been there assisting people in need. Katrina also revealed that racism in the media is alive and well. Whites gathered food to feed their families while blacks looted.

Speaker(s):

Al Sharpton

Born in Brooklyn in 1954, the Reverend Al Sharpton preached his first sermon at the age of four, and soon became famous as the "wonderboy preacher," even touring with gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. A well known civil rights activist, he ran for the senate from New York as well as mayor of New York City. In 2004 he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. A charismatic speaker, he lectures widely and frequently appears on major media talk shows.

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