Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hurricane Katrina, the Media, and Racism

I'm keeping an eye on who says (and who doesn't say) what in the aftermath of Katrina...first, with glee, the BBC uses this tragedy to bash America and mock it values:

The uneasy paradox which so many live with in this country - of being first-and-foremost rugged individuals, out to plunder what they can and paying as little tax as they can get away with, while at the same time believing that America is a robust, model society - has reached a crisis point this week.

So the BBC pauses in the midst of this natural disaster to call us all "plunderers" whom essentially live in delusion and denial...nice. Remind me how balanced they are, OK? Link here:

With all the cries of "racism!" now popping up, it would be "balanced" to hear both sides of the's one about some British tourists caught up in the disaster:

Jamie Trout, 22, from Sunderland, was among 50 tourists stranded in horrific conditions in the devastated city....Mr Trout's family said the group was escorted to a nearby hotel by the National Guard after the Britons were targeted by others in the shelter...The group really feared for their safety because they were being targeted because they were the only white people there.
Mr Trout, who was with two friends, said: "There was a lot of heat from the people in there, people shouting racial abuse about us being white."

Wonder how this made it past the politically correct censors at the BBC?

More blaming Whitey (or just plain stupidity?)

Rev Jesse Jackson, fresh from dialogue with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, call for affirmative action in rescue effort:
Jackson questioned why Bush has not named blacks to top positions in the federal response to the disaster, particularly when the majority of victims remaining stranded in New Orleans are black: "How can blacks be locked out of the leadership, and trapped in the suffering?"

How does the color of one's skin make any type of difference here? Jesse should've stayed with his left-o buddy Chavez, he'd do more good there...

Here's another:

The R'n'B superstar Kanye West, meanwhile, went even further, accusing President Bush and the authorities of not just sins of omission but also of commission:

During NBC's live broadcast of Concert for Hurricane Relief rapper Kanye West, in what appeared to be an impromptu address, told viewers that National Guardsmen were given the unfair order to shoot at African-Americans on the streets of New Orleans.
In a stumbling, yet defiant statement, West proclaimed that when African-Americans were caught stealing in New Orleans, they were called looters. However when whites were caught, they were just feeding their families.
It might titillate this child of upper middle-class to think that redneck National Guard is going around NO gunnin' down niggaz, but those who remain stranded in the city (majority of them Kanye's fellow African-Americans) could arguably do without armed gangs which are roaming around raping and pillaging.

Real smart way to get America to open their wallets, Kayne...stop excusing the behavior of looters - they are doing the real harm to the people of New Orleans...

All from Arthur Chrenkoff, at

There will be more, much more...

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