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The Gulf Oil Crisis and Black Fishermen

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A new USA/Gallup poll showed that 71% of the people surveyed don't believe that President Obama has been tough enough, when dealing with BP and the oil spill.

Of that 71 percent that responded, I'd like to know what percentage of this 71 percentage are White and what percentage are African-American People of Color and other minorities? The reason that I ask this is because it appears that this scenario is being played out by showing 95-99% of White families and businesses. It seems as if Black America is not part of the participants, which are involved with how this Gulf Oil Spill will affect their livelihoods.

In case anyone is wondering what Black Fishermen I'm talking about, I did check things out and found out that there are some Black Fishermen in the Gulf, but I had to do a search because they're not talked about, and neither are they shown. When I see what's going on, it reminds me of Hurricane Katrina. Does anyone remember what happened after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, if so, do you remember how Black families were separated as they were during slavery? Today the Black Fishermen and their livelihoods aren't talked about; it seems like these Black Fishermen have become almost invisible. America seems to be focusing on the White businesses and their livelihoods. Perhaps it's because of a double standard, which always seems to come between Black and White in this country. I speak of this double standard in several places in my book, "Born In The Wrong Country." At one point I speak of how White people were allowed to talk to their White supervisor in a certain tone and words, as opposed to Black people who were not allowed to talk to the same White supervisor in that same tone and words. The same words and tones from a Black employee could be cause for a reprimand or perhaps they could be fired....". "There has always been a double standard in this country, one for Whites and another for Blacks. Mind you, the higher standard was set for Blacks, making it harder for us to achieve the same mark as the Whites."

When it comes to who has more businesses of a higher monetary value, Whites surpass the Blacks by a landslide. The means for achieving these standards were off balance from the beginning; one must remember that the African-American People of Color were former slaves; they weren't allowed an education, or to be taught how to read, and they never received their 40 acres and a mule.'t_slaves_learn_how_to_read_and_write

This double standard is the kind of thing that is strangling what could be a stronger and greater nation, but the arrogant would rather weaken this country and continue with costly mistakes.

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