On September 15, 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush talked about how a history of racial discrimination and poverty contributed to suffering by the people of New Orleans. So, it wasn’t Barack Obama who tied racism to New Orleans but rather George W. Bush.
That poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America. We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action. So let us restore all that we have cherished from yesterday and let us rise above the legacy of inequality. When the streets are rebuilt, there should be many new businesses, including minority-owned businesses, along those streets.