Imaj sa yo montrè trè klè ke sosiyetè ya pa investi nan moun sa yo. Moun sa yo se rejè sosiyetè, se parazit. Yo pa pwodui anwen, ô kontrè se pran e mandè y’ap mandè de generasyon a generasyon.
Moun tout se pitit nèg e moun sa yo se responsabilite nou. Se nou ki pou sipote yo e represante yo. Nou pa kab ap avanse ak tout bowling e kite moun sa yo deye ap pran pousiye.
Sadly, Michel, that is the lesson of Hurricane Katrina. We see it. We speak of it. Will the wider American Public finally have their eyes opened wide to this reality and act accordingly?
Only time will tell.
Michel, I wish you could have been in the States in the 1960s and 1970s. Something was taking root in the U.S. during those decades to begin to reverse this horrible sin of neglect and abuse. The Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luth
er King, Jr., counter-balanced by the more radical Black Panther Movement led by Huey Newton and Black Muslims led by Malcolm X, inspired Blacks to unite in refusing to take it any more and inspired many White Americans like me to join hands to shake up the mainstream system of racial inequality in the U.S.
Back then, Michel, visionary leaders in high places like John F. Kennedy [President and former U.S. Senator] and Robert F. Kennedy [Attorney General and former U.S. Senator] worked the system and with the support of a majority of the American People began to change the system. Those were days of introspection, institutional renewal, excitement and hope. Those were days when great amounts of money and energy were invested in the training and nurture of Black leaders in business, industry and education.
We were desolate when, early into his second term as U.S. President, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. But because of the momentum begun, even White Southerner Lyndon B. Johnson continued the pr
ocess of changing the laws of the nation to invest in equalizing opportunities in the obtaining of housing and education and social services.
There was such a momentum and public will that even Moderate Republican Presidents like Nixon and Ford didn't dare to mess with what had been instituted. And because Democrats often led the Congress, additional equal opportunity laws were passed.
The beginning of the reversal of all these advances occurred under the Presidency of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. That's when the Conservatives began to chip away at benefits and programs for minorities and the poor. That's when Conservatives began their long-term investing in the shaping of the idealogues who are now, one by one, from the halls of power to which they rose, dismantling all of the laws and programs favoring (in order to make up for earlier wrongs) minorities and the poor. That's when the deal-from-Hell was struck that began the morphing of religion and politics in American Life.
we are today with Conservatives and Neo-Cons, many of whom [like Condoleezza Rice and Alberto Gonzales] benefitted from the very "set aside" programs now being systematically gutted.
The chains of poverty now replace the chains of slavery. And the new slavery is no longer a respecter of race or geography.
All Americans, regardless of race or geography, who detest the America we have become, MUST unite to reject the values and rules of the road so cleverly imposed upon our Society by the Conservative and Neo-Con ideologues and so pathetically allowed and enabled by the "silent majority".
We cannot be silent anymore. We cannot be apathetic anymore. We must act in unison. We have almost run out of time.