'Racist' Name Calling Misses The Point

By: 
Alysia Tate

/ via NPR Tell Me More blog /

He said, he said.

Five years after the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history and we’re talking about two guys who think the other might be racist, or maybe not, or…

I don’t even know anymore.

Kanye West and George W. Bush have once again stolen the show from the hundreds of people killed—and the thousands more displaced—by Hurricane Katrina.

Instead of asking, "who's a racist?" we should be asking: how do we make sure nothing like this ever happens again?

Many of the city's residents think they have part of the answer. Through agencies like the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice and membership groups such as STAND with Dignity, both the black residents who were pushed out as well as the immigrants brought in for the rebuilding, have united around the terrible conditions that affect both of their communities.

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