“... Here we have the haves and the have mores. Some call you the elite; I call you my base.” That was George W. Bush announcing his truth at a Republican black-tie event in 2000. Try to visualise the past week if a few dozen of Bush's "base" had been trapped in post-Katrina New Orleans. A lot is being said - ANO ("after New Orleans") - about "race" and "class." A few folks and even a few Blacks are talking as though race and class were unrelated. What folly. Who's kidding whom? From Austria to Aruba to Asheville, NC - not only would that premise be untrue, it's what some of us call a bald-faced lie. This is not to say there are no upper middle class or rich Black folk in the USA. (Are those Black Americans "upper middle class" or "rich" compared to the majority of other Blacks? Or to Whites? ... A huge difference.) But a wealthy minority among Black Americans is another topic. And compared to rich whites, almost no rich Black Americans have inherited wealth. Most of them (not every last one) worked, saved, and invested for their wealth. They also must've been lucky. In a more global context, by and large, unlike some wealthy white Americans living abroad, those affluent Blacks buying exclusive real estate in Paris, Zurich or Central London are not Black Americans. I'm guessing most are continental Africans. Perhaps some are of Caribbean origin. Perhaps also Arab Blacks. I digress once again. The last thing is not the main point but I want to ask: Was even one Black person - one Black American from the USA (other than maybe a waiter) - in the room the night Bush bragged to his haves and have mores? I seriously doubt it. There is video of that crowd. The most famous version is included in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911. I'm sure there's a list; somebody knows who was there. In the context of a "Who's Who of Class in America", some of us would be darned curious to know who was there.