Do devastating hurricanes need help from affirmative action? A member of
Congress apparently thinks so, and is demanding the storms be given
names that sound "black." The congressional newspaper the Hill reported
this week that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, feels that the current
names are too "lily white," and is seeking to have better representation
for names reflecting African-Americans and other ethnic groups. Again,
this is an insult to any decent, self-respecting, hardworking,
law-abiding black citizens.
"All racial groups should be
represented," Lee said, according to the Hill. She hoped federal weather
officials "would try to be inclusive of African-American names." A
sampling of popular names that could be used include Keisha, Jamal and
Deshawn, according to the paper.
Jackson Lee's call is brewing its own storm of response across Ameri
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