Should He Go Without an Apology?

by Ryan on July 18, 2006

in Politics

Bush is slated to meet with the NAA”L”CP at their upcoming meeting. Some people may have forgotten the NAALCP’s position on James Byrd, back in the 2000 Election campaign, for which they have never apologized. Bush boycotted the organization (an organization, I believe, that should lose its tax-exempt status because of its overt partisanship) because of this. So, he’s going to tout his achievements just when the media’s ready to show its “Katrina: One Year Later” pieces to smear Bush further as a racist.

Remember this?

It was unfortunate occasion of the Bush-bashing funeral service of Coretta Scott King.

The NAALCP is not going to be any better for Bush. He goes at his own risk. The press will run with the anti-Bush sentiment in the crowd as further evidence that Republicans are racist, especially Bush, just in time for election season.

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Chris July 19, 2006 at 11:31 pm

In my opinion, it’s a big mistake for Bush to go there. What he did a couple of years ago by addressing the Urban League instead was smart. He game legitimacy to this group which, along with CORE , treats racial issues in a fairer manner. If I were in Bush’s shoes, I would have accepted the invitation ONLY if I were to receive a public apology. I guarantee the racists that make this group up will go on and on with the Katrina comparisons (hey, they’re already comparing the Beirut evacuations to Katrina, as stated by the Monmouth County chick) in Bush’s presence.

Sadly, Bush is going to go to give this group the credibility that it does not deserve. If I were his speechwriter for this event, I’d have a field day and would keep his address on the following themes:
- Political leaders should not take the African-American vote for granted (hint, hint Dems and Julian Bond)
- Groups such as the NAACP should consider ALL viewpoints
- Partisans who hijack non-partisan groups for their own political gain (hint hint…Julain Bond and Kweisi Infume)
- His agenda and how it’s been more advantageous to African-Americans than has the Democrat agenda in the past 40 years. (Remember, it was the Republican votes that helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964)

Will any of this happen? Probably not, but we can all dream.


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