“I understand that many African Americans distrust my political party”

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Bush’s address to the NAACP goes down…as you might expect.

Bush’s remarks met with largely lukewarm applause from the crowd and at one point near the end of his speech, two hecklers threatened to disrupt the address. The president pressed ahead undaunted, though.

Apropos, Mike Davis wrote this piece for us a couple of years ago noting that on the fortieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, both Democrats and Republicans–indeed, the American people at large–seemed to have returned to “degree zero of moral concern for the majority of descendants of slavery and segregation.”

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