|Baton Rouge, 8/12/16, AP|
8/19/16, "Obama irks La. flood victims with memo warning them not to discriminate," Washington Times, Valerie Richardson
"President Obama has refused so far to survey the Louisiana flood disaster, but he did let state and local officials know that he’s watching to make sure they don’t engage in racial discrimination.
In a 16-page guidance issued Tuesday (August 16), the Obama administration, led by the Justice Department, warned Louisiana recipients of federal disaster assistance against engaging in “unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency).”
The guidance’s frameworks “highlight the importance of complying with nondiscrimination requirements of civil rights statutes, addressing the needs of the whole community, and ensuring equal opportunity to access recovery efforts.”
Needless to say, some Louisiana residents were offended, including the American Conservative’s Rod Dreher, who took umbrage at receiving an anti-discrimination lecture from Washington, D.C., as locals struggle to rescue, house and feed their neighbors.
“[E]verywhere you look you can find black folks and white folks loving on each other, helping each other through this crisis,” Mr. Dreher said in a Thursday post.
He referred to the guidance as a “long bureaucratic memo” issued by the “Department of Justice and many other agencies of the executive branch overseen by He Who Cannot Be Troubled to Leave Martha’s Vineyard.”...
The administration guidance cited instances of discrimination in Gulf Coast states after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005, such as “numerous media reports [that] showed images of African Americans stranded on roofs in New Orleans.”
“These images exposed significant inequalities in access to emergency response and recovery efforts,” said the guidance.
The memo also cited an ad aimed at evacuees saying that the renter preferred “two white females.”
Mr. Dreher said...that residents knee-deep in rescue efforts don’t appreciate being painted with the administration’s broad brush.
He quoted an email from a local named Jimmy who said, “Not many things get me seething, but this does,” calling Obama administration officials “dividers instead of uniters.”
“Look no further than this ‘guidance’ press release telling us in the middle of it to be sure not to be racist, y’all,” said the email.
“Meanwhile, our President enjoys golfing and Martha’s Vineyard and sunny skies. No visits, not even that reviled [George W.] Bush flyover. Just politically motivated, radically laced memos.”
More than 40,000 homes were damaged during the flooding, sparked by thunderstorms and a low-pressure system that began Aug. 5, which the Red Cross has described as the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012."
Image caption: "A member of the St. George Fire Department assists residents as they wade through floodwaters from heavy rains in the Chateau Wein Apartments in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)"
Martha's Vineyard's shockingly high cost of living:
4/5/2007, "Cost of Living Found Shockingly High Here," vineyardgazette.com
Added: Grown up citizens of Louisiana are sent an insulting lecture by Obama for three reasons. One, Obama has an "unrivaled sense of personal entitlement." Two, Obama has "declared peace in the world and war on Americans." Three, there is no opposition party to the Democrats.
6/10/2013, "A loud and empty suit in the Chicago style," Quadrant Online, Australia, by Daryl McCann
(above is last sentence of article)
Only those prone to battered wives syndrome would suggest otherwise. Or those whose self hatred makes them feel morally superior.
(continuing): "How to make sense of Team Obama’s disconnect with reality? The key to understanding Obama’s modus operandi is the dogma of the New Left. This radical creed, along with an unrivalled sense of personal entitlement, drives the current presidency."...
Added: Excerpt from 16-page racial guidance memo sent by Obama administration to Louisiana on August 16. It notes allegations of inequality against your town can result in "attorneys' fees." After Katrina, St. Bernard Parish (near New Orleans) "ultimately paid more than $5 million in damages and attorneys' fees to settle the cases. 14"...
page 4: "For example, in the days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, numerous media reports showed images of African Americans stranded on roofs in New Orleans. These images exposed significant inequalities in access to emergency response and recovery efforts. More than one-third of New Orleans’s African American population did not own cars and over 15% of the city’s residents relied on public transportation. 11
Yet, those planning for Katrina appeared to assume most people could rely on personal vehicles to evacuate and failed to consider the transportation needs of all segments of the population. Identifying the needs of the transit-dependent community and then addressing those needs in emergency planning can reduce or eliminate racial and ethnic, as well as economic, disparities in emergency response and recovery activities.
Nondiscriminatory access to housing and shelters in the aftermath of Katrina also posed a major challenge for diverse racial and ethnic communities. Many seeking temporary housing immediately encountered discriminatory rental advertisements that explicitly refused to rent to African Americans.12 For example, an advertisement on a website designed to reach Katrina evacuees read: “Provider will provide room and board for $400 but prefers two white females.”
Evidence collected by fair housing testers found that in 66% of all tests, White persons were favored over African American persons seeking housing using contacts available to Katrina evacuees. 13
A federal court found evidence of intentional discrimination in actions by St. Bernard Parish, which neighbors New Orleans, when the parish sought to restrict rental housing opportunities, including actions to halt the development of rental housing and enacting a permit requirement for single-family rentals that exempted renters who were “related by blood” to the homeowners. Additionally, the parish changed zoning rules to reduce the availability of rental housing, which was widely perceived in the parish as being planned to house African Americans
in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Because of these actions, the parish faced a HUD-initiated investigation, a DOJ lawsuit, and several private lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and it ultimately paid more than $5 million in damages and attorneys' fees to settle the cases. 14"...