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January 19, 2009

From The Roof Line

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Seeing this NYT photo taken from the Obama “Freedom Train” on Saturday outside Claymont, Delaware, then reading Frank Rich’s piece this weekend, detailing the intractability of urban problems, and specifically, the well-being of the 19% of D.C.’s population — predominantly black …and invisible — living below the poverty line, I couldn’t help but think of this visual analogy.

If we’ve come so far, there still is so far to go.

(image: Damon Winter/The New York Times. linked image: David J. Phillip. New Orleans. September 4, 2005)

  • jtfromBC

    Bag, your visual analogy was mine as well.
    Obama on Katrina and racism 4:21
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOk2MX-XFVE

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/us/politics/19block.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2 yg

    President-elect Barack Obama spoke to such divisions recently in an interview with ABC News, saying he wanted to find that rare church that spanned Washington’s separate worlds, not least of race.
    “You’ve got one part of Washington, which is a company town, all about government, and is generally pretty prosperous,” Mr. Obama said. “And then you’ve got another half of D.C. that is going through enormous challenges.
    “I want to see if we can bring those two Washington, D.C.’s together.”

  • mjfgates

    Some kinds of flood, it doesn’t help to stand on the roof and wave for help.

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