President Obama has received immense criticism in the media for remaining in Martha’s Vineyard on vacation while Baton Rouge, Louisiana is ravaged by devastating floods. He was pictured golfing while the worst of it occurred. But the White House did release a memo that has some very upset.
The Washington Times reported a 16 page memo was sent by President Obama’s Justice Department to residents of affected areas in Louisiana this past Tuesday. The letter warned citizens not to engage in, “unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency).”
The memo went on to say
“the guidance’s frameworks highlight the importance of complying with nondiscrimination requirements of civil rights statutes, addressing the needs of the whole community, and ensuring equal opportunity to access recovery efforts.”
Over forty thousand homes have allegedly been damaged and thirteen are reported to be dead. However, the Obama administration believes a lesson on racial diversity is of the utmost importance right now. Many were justifiably offended.
American Conservative Rod Dreher said,
“Everywhere you look you can find black folks and white folks loving on each other, helping each other through this crisis.”
Dreher referenced Obama as “He Who Cannot Be Troubled,” a reference to Lord Voldermort of Harry Potter. He called the memo long and bureaucratic. The memo itself referenced discriminatory behavior in past natural disasters. Specifically Katrina and Rita including,
“numerous media reports [that] showed images of African Americans stranded on roofs in New Orleans. The images exposed significant inequalities in access to emergency response and recovery efforts”
He went on to say the last thing Louisianans needs of a lecture but that they are responsible for taking responsibility of their own mistakes when it comes to discrimination. He further stated that doing so ignores the way in which the entire community has come together during this difficult time.
Dreher said he received an email from a man named Jimmy who said this about President Obama,
“not many things get me seething, but this does. Look no further than this ‘guidance’ press release telling us in the middle of it to be sure not to be racist, y’all. Meanwhile, our President enjoys golfing and Martha’s Vineyard and sunny skies. No visits, not even that reviled [George W.] Bush flyover. Just politically motivated, radically laced memos.”
Obama certainly doesn’t have fans in Louisiana right now.