Barack Obama claims that African-Americans may riot
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Hussein Obama said on Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a coming "quiet riot" among blacks that looms post-Katrina.
The first-term Illinois senator says there are many angry black people ready to erupt.
"This administration was colorblind in its incompetence," Obama said at a conference of black clergy, "but the poverty and the hopelessness was there long before the hurricane.
"All the hurricane did was to pull the curtain back for all the world to see," he said, reported the AP.
Obama's words against Bush garnered him a standing ovation from the nearly 8,000 people gathered in Hampton University's Convocation Center.
Especially well-received were his anti-war comments.
Obama referenced the L.A. riots in 1991 over the trial results of the officers accused of beating of Rodney King, a black motorist, after a high speed chase.
Looting, pillaging and mayhem defined the city for several days, as fifty-five people died and 2,000 were injured in the city's black neighborhoods. reported the AP.
"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths," Obama said. "They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."
Obama, who is working his half-black, half-white lineage to his advantage in a calculated schedule of fundraising appearances, took the stage following black ministers who "repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet, singing, praying and swaying to music," reported the AP.
I wonder how many "quiet riots" will there be when he doesn't become President of the United States?