Saturday, September 03, 2005

Katrina and Raw White Supremacy

Where to begin; first of all let *no one* refer to my people as "refugees". Such language continues the depersonalization/marginalization of My People in a land that has always viewed Us as less than human. We are marginal citizens of a nation that for four hundred years continue to show utter contempt for Afrikans in Amerikkka.

Secondly, why would someone *stop* rescuing men, women and children because of a few snipers (still perhaps an urban rumor) are on the loose in New Orleans? Has the Fool in the *White* House stopped "rescuing" Bagahad, Tikrit or Mosul because of a few snipers? Not at all.

Thirdly, why are we still *asking* whether or not this tragedy is white supremacy in its rawest form? *Asking* such a question makes me feel that the asker wants to preserve the misguided notion that there is a *possibility* that the Fool in the White House and his minions are somehow *non racist* toward My People. He is an unreconstructed white supremacist *as are most* white Amerikkkans who benefit on a daily basis of the largesse of a society that supports *at every level* white supremacy. Until *that* issue is addressed, everything else about "whassup" with "multiculturalism", "cross-cultural understanding" and "diversity" is intellectual masturbation. *Any* organization that does not go to the heart of what is the most dangerous attitude on the planet --- white supremacy --- as far as I am concerned is merely trying to ignore the elephant in the room.

Finally, what you are witnessing with the Afrikans in New Orleans is nothing short of genocide. The question has been asked a thousand times this week, that if the people there were white and middle class would they be rescued/housed more quickly. Absolutely. This is a deliberate attempt to kill a significant number of unwanted Afrikans in New Orleans to repopulate the city with a more acceptable white population (see http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/003425.html). There have been repeated requests by the Black mayor of New Orleans for greater assistance by the Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen waterways and the levee system. This has been ignored *repeatedly* by the government as well as follow-up over a year ago with a simulation ("Hurricane Pam") that forecasted what is now happening in New Orleans.

It's too bad that the Fool in the White House *did not* visit the Superdome as he did his drive by in the disaster area. The Blackfolk there would have done to him what should have been done a long time ago. Even *he* ain't that stupid...

7 comments:

  1. I do wish all of the Blacks in America would get off of the racism issue when discussing the situation surrounding the hurricane devastation. It is totally wrong to use this tragedy as a soapbox to further propagate your hate issues.

    If the Black people of AMERICA spent half as much time striving for improvement, as they do complaining about their plight, they may realize some measureable gains.

    Don't stand around waiting for someone to hand you something, instead, be smart enough to go to where what you want is. If I sit on my ass and make no attempt to work for what I need to survive, I'm going to die. That is true whether you are Black or White. So don't use your lack of initiative for justification to whine and complain about a problem you hold the solution to.

    It isn't a COLOR issue, it's a HUMAN issue we're all susceptible to.
    Thank you
    Jonathan

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  2. Jonathan,

    What do you make of this...

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2064/1085/1600/image001.jpg

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  3. Anonymous9:14 PM

    I agree with Jonathon. Quit whining and get off your lazy ass and better yourselves.

    Now regarding your question about "would middle class white people have been rescued faster"? This is a difficult one to answer.

    (1) Middle class (or any class for that matter) white folks had enough sense to leave when they were warned. They didn't care about hanging around with the need to defend gang territory or continue the drug trade. So basically, respectable whites left. And despite all of the busses waiting to take people away, the blacks chose to stay anyway. Then it was too late.

    (2) With all of the blacks hoarded together at the Super Dome, the total lack of civility manifested itself. Blacks killed each other. Blacks raped each other. Blacks shot at rescue helicopters. (And note all of this started after only 1 day heh) Blacks hated white folks because they all had the sense to leave; but it would be wrong to admit this and accept blame (blacks are NEVER wrong, remember?), so they started blaming white folks. They became angry that no one could come in to save them even though they were warned days before that they should leave because no routes would be open.

    (3) In the aftermath, Mayor Bill White of Houston (a white guy by the way, albeit a dumb one), decided to send busses to bring all of the most worthless human beings he could find in New Orleans back to Houston when the roads were open. Five years later Houston is still paying the price. Gang violence, black on black violence, falling home prices wherever these refugees landed, etc. etc. have really taken its toll. So if I'm an outsider looking in, I'm wouldn't risk my life or waste my time saving a bunch of these kind of folks in future disasters.

    It's all pretty easy to understand really. But it did make entertaining television for all of the white folks who had enough sense to evacuate.

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  4. Wow! What you describe in Houston sounds very similar to *any* group what was forcibly removed and scattered after a great disaster. Go rent the movie, "Gangs of New York", and see what happened after the Irish Potato famine.

    The trouble with white boys like you is that they JUST DON"T READ HISTORY! They prefer to listen to Mush Limbaugh or the like then string together a bunch of events disconnected from history and VOILA, out jumps a stupid conclusion.

    All of yours fall into that category, and I would suggest getting off your lazy white ass, going to a bookstore and read history, rather than continue to wallow in white ignorance...

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  5. Anonymous7:29 AM

    Wallow in white ignorance? You're the one that didn't address any of my arguments except possibly the one about the situation in Houston; but even then you got it wrong since no one was "forcibly removed". They were instead helped by a white mayor, but you won't admit that. But for the record- you're right. I should read more history than what I learned in school or see from documentaries.

    For a PhD your arguments are surprisingly weak. I am unclear how you earned such a degree without being able to debate (not argue and slander) using facts.

    And I take special offense to being called "lazy". I grew up poor in a black neighborhood with a single mother that finally divorced my father after he physically abused her. She had lupus, but refused to go on food stamps, disability, or any other welfare. She went to work at a sewing factory and I went to work mowing yards to pay the bills on a crappy house with no a/c or heat. We didn't blame anyone else for our situation. We worked hard, and that hard work paid off.

    Now I'm a successful 30 year old, with an MBA degree and making $187,000 /yr and I still work hard and sacrifice a lot. I left behind everyone in my black neighborhood who sat there and wallowed in their sorrows and felt entitled that everything be given to them, even the ones that got free rides to college but who unfortunately didn't see the value in it. You can say it's "because I'm white", but I seriously doubt it.

    There was one exception though. I'll call him JB. JB worked hard right along with me. His parents had the same attitude as you- one filled with hatred, entitlement, and so much obsession with the past that they were blind to the present and oblivious to the future. But he went against his parents' wishes and worked hard and trusted people. I am proud to call JB my best friend. Unfortunately we live in different areas of the country now.

    Why am I telling this story? Because I see how detrimental your attitude and beliefs are to a younger black generation.

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  6. Dear "Anonymous"

    What planet have you been residing on lately?

    1. The residents of New Orleans *were* forcibly removed after having no where to go before/after Katrina. I know this may be difficult to believe but not everyone (like you) earns $187K/year and can climb into their Range Rovers and drive out of harm's way when a disaster occurs. See the film "Trouble the Water" for further details.

    2. Don't give me the, "some of my best friends are black" crap by citing the story of "JB". I LOL when I hear white boys like you cite a "best black friend" then use racist language to justify your incredibly ahistorical view of poverty, racism and class issues. It's a ploy that Blackfolk long ago realize is just a way of trying to bring false legitimacy to racist diatribes.

    3. You *are* lazy if you haven't read. Read what I said: no one was talking about your "rags to riches" story. You are intellectually lazy since your "arguments" (being generous here) are disconnected from sound, historical theory.

    4. Read (I know this comes hard for you) Peggy McIntosh's book (she's white by the way) White Privilege and maybe *then* we can have an intelligent conversation. Until then talking to you is like speaking to an ant, in French about the theory of relativity.

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  7. Thanks for the response. I'll consider reading Peggy's book, but only if you can assure me that arguments are presented objectively.

    I can't seem to agree with the "forcibly removed" theory. When the Houston busses rolled to New Orleans, I don't believe they were required to get on them; but what else were they going to do? Their homes were destroyed. Forced by nature perhaps. I agree that a very small percentage of the people probably had no television or transportation and were indeed caught by surprise. However, looking at most of the able-bodied folks in the aftermath, it was clear that they stayed and passed up the free public transit out before the disaster because (a) they thought the storm wouldn't be serious, (b) they wanted to stay to defend gang territory, or (c)stayed to protect their property from looters. Either way, it was a bad decision to elect to stay. I can't understand why you don't agree with that. They didn't listen to orders and they paid a price. The white people there didn't listen to orders either and they too paid a price. They weren't stranded there because they were white or black; they were stranded there because they made a bad decision.

    As far as my friend Joel, he is indeed my best friend. I'm not sure how to prove that to you, but really I'm not sure it matters. My boss that hired me is black too. Interracial friendships, marriages, and working relationships are commonplace in my generation. Note I said the word "generation".

    I was thinking about this today and I think the difference in opinions between us lie in the difference in our generations. Just like I can't convince you that all white people aren't black haters and evil, I couldn't (past tense since they are deceased) convince my parents that all black people aren't white haters and evil. I'm not saying everything is in harmony either though Ray. There are fundamental *cultural* differences between all of the races that inevitably cause friction. I do feel though that the younger generations have better attitudes and deal with it better. I'm way better than my parents' generation but not nearly as good as the new generation coming up after me.

    I "read what you said" regarding the historical theory and appreciate the argument and concrete point of view. Some things indeed fit into your model. However, I believe events in the past occur under the following variables: (a) laws, (b) social attitudes, (c)socio-economic conditions,(c) local customs, and (d) culture. This is hard for me to explain in words, but hang in there with me. Basically I can't understand how you can take an event from the past and apply it to the present when the laws, social attitudes, socio-economic conditions, local customs, and culture are way different in the present day. If a, b, c, and d were the same in the present day, then I *would* expect your historical references to reoccur. But the reality is that they don't reoccur on the same scale. The pocket racism that does exist today, in my opinion, are due to lingering social attitudes that are dying off as time passes. And so therein lies the value of history: We learn about the events AND the variables that allowed or encouraged the events to occur and we learn from them. We can't just take a tragic event from the past and accuse people in the present of threatening to execute it again. This is because the people (social attitudes, holders of local customs) and the environment(laws, socio-economics) and victims are variables that just aren't the same. Maybe I should write a book.

    I just feel your views are just too anti-progressive and just way too racist.

    As far as the Range Rover comment, I can sadly say I don't drive any fancy cars and probably never will. I have a minivan and a honda sedan. My money goes to home payments, daycare, prepaying college for my two children for when they grow up, planning for retirement, saving an emergency fund in case I get laid off or something happens, and ensuring we have adequate health care and disability insurance. I don't even have an HDTV or a cell phone with a camera on it. I don't want my kids to go through what I went through.

    But speaking of health care, I feel that high-profile folks like you can make a difference here. Health care, unlike racism, is a real problem today. It's just way too expensive. I don't see how any average hard worker can afford it- and the reality is, is that they can't. And the free care they get for non-emergencies is crap. It seems that this would be a far greater threat to the Black community than the evil white man.

    -Paul

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