Democratic Candidates Criticize Bush Record on Race - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Democratic Candidates Criticize Bush Record on Race

Email


by Associated Press


DETROIT
Democratic presidential contender U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on Thursday derided President George W. Bush’s commutation of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison term even as Black men routinely serve time behind bars.

All eight Democratic hopefuls and a lone Republican candidate, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., addressed the convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Democrats focused their criticism on the administration’s record on race relations.

“We have more work to do when Scooter Libby gets no prison time while an honor student gets 10 years,” Obama said to loud cheers.

Libby was convicted of lying and obstruction of justice in the investigation of the outing of an undercover CIA official, Valerie Plame, whose husband Joseph Wilson was a vocal anti-war critic. Libby received a 30-month prison sentence, which Bush commuted last week.

In their bid to woo Black voters, a key party constituency, all the Democratic hopefuls shared the stage at the forum devoted to racial issues.

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., the current Democratic frontrunner, predicted the forum would cover more issues of importance to the Black community than the administration had in six years.

“We have a president who does not see what you and I see. With your hard work, we will render the people that you and I see visible once again,” she said, citing The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison’s novel of Black alienation.

John Edwards touted his commitment to fighting poverty, calling it “the cause of my life.” Edwards will launch a tour Monday in New Orleans to spotlight the millions of Americans living in poverty.

  University of Wyoming President Reaches Out to Reservation Schools

“We want America to see the other America,” Edwards said. “That seems to be forgotten.”

While all the contenders were warmly received as they took their place onstage, Obama received a boisterous, sustained ovation.

Tancredo said he accepted the invitation to speak because his message is for all Americans. A vociferous foe of illegal immigration, Tancredo said the wages of Black workers suffer because of illegal workers.

– Associated Press

There are currently 0 comments on this story.
Click here
to post a comment.



© Copyright 2005 by DiverseEducation.com

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Black Students Voice Concerns After Kansas State Racist Incidents MANHATTAN, Kan. — Black students at Kansas State University voiced concerns about recent racist incidents at a meeting with top school officials on Wednesday night after a car was found near campus earlier in the day scrawled with racial slurs and th...
University of Hartford Student Faces Bias Charge for Endangering Roommate Shortly after moving into her dorm, Jazzy Rowe, a freshman at the University of Hartford, began experiencing severe throat pain. She had trouble eating and sleeping, and none of her doctors were able to identify the cause. “I would try to whisper,...
Studies Show Minimal Socialization Boost for Interracial Dorm Roommates When Dr. Russell H. Fazio, a psychology professor at The Ohio State University, examined interracial relationships between Black and White dormitory roommates a while back, he found that the relationships were more likely to dissolve if the White stu...
Pro Athletes Have a Unique Platform and They’re Using It If you want a hot topic to debate, why not talk about the flag controversy that has been brewing since last year? Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of the national anthem to protest social inequality in the U.S. and it has created a firesto...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *