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Published On: Sat, Aug 9th, 2008

Cynthia McKinney Quotes

Via WND: McKinney accused the White House of racism when the United States threatened to stay away from a 2001 U.N.-sponsored conference on racism if the agenda included talk of reparations for slavery and colonialism or a measure equating Zionism with racism. “Given that 30 percent of the U.S. population consists of people of color and that we have all experienced racism firsthand,” said McKinney, “I have to wonder if the Bush administration’s position … is just politically dumb or if it is perhaps indicative of something more malignant … I am compelled to ask the obvious question, then, that no one will ask: Is the Bush White House just full of latent racists?”

Cynthia_McKinney“Just remember that in Florida 2000, the victims were black and Latino voters who were, who were, um, just so callously and openly denied the opportunity to cast their vote in a scheme that was cooked in a backroom by rich and powerful white people. And in 2004, with the electronic voting machines, your votes are at risk too.” – 2005 as Democratic Congresswoman

Two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, McKinney read Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff the headline: “Nursing Home Owners Charged in Deaths,” in the case of 44 patients who were not evacuated in New Orleans. “Mr. Secretary, if the nursing-home owners are arrested for negligent homicide, why shouldn’t you also be arrested for negligent homicide?” McKinney said. “It seems that chaos was the plan that was implemented. Leadership, Mr. Secretary, was lacking.”

In December 2005, McKinney still claimed Katrina equaled racism: “Racism is something we don’t like to talk about, but we have to acknowledge it,” McKinney said. “And the world saw the effects of American-style racism in the drama as it was outplayed by the Katrina survivors.”

 

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