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Friday, September 09, 2005
This is NOT About Race!!
Why does everything - every single fucking thing - have to be turned into a race issue? I seriously believe sometimes that only people who have serious racial problems are the ones that cry "Racism!" every time someone farts near a black person. Seriously - get over yourselves.
It's just nice that, at least, someone with authority is stepping up and saying what's been on every sane person's mind since the cries of "they were left to drown in New Orleans because they were black" started.
Colin Powell, in an interview with Barbara Walters, stated, "I don't think it's racism, I think it's economic."
Somebody pop open the champagne. Someone is actually making sense here.
He went on to say:
"These are people who don't have credit cards; only one in 10 families at that economic level in New Orleans have a car. So it wasn't a racial thing _ but poverty disproportionately affects African-Americans in this country. And it happened because they were poor..."
I've been saying that since this started. Yes, most of the people you saw suffering on TV were black. Could it be because 2/3's of New Orleans' entire population are black? Could it also be that an extremely large number of those same blacks are low- or no-income families who could not pack up the Dodge and drive away from the storm? Isn't common sense just too nifty sometimes?
No one left people to die because they were black. That is the most infantile and ridiculous shit I've heard since I noted the lyrics to "La La". There were huge mistakes before, during and after the storm by every branch of government imaginable - yes. But it had nothing to do with race, and helluva lot to do with self-serving politics.
There are people saying "Bush hates black people" or "Bush doesn't care about black people". Let's look at this logically, m'kay? Even if Bush dislikes or doesn't give two figs about persons of color, he would never, in a million years, make this known in so obvious and horrible a way. It isn't part of the political agenda, you see. This man has a huge public image that he is incredibly concerned about - he'd like to stay in power, obviously. To think that he would just shun an entire race during the nation's largest natural disaster just because "he doesn't like them" is...well, it's stupid. Even if it's true that he doesn't like blacks - and I don't know if he gets jiggy with it or not - the fact remains that it isn't the reason things got botched here.
Make it about race, and you take away from what really might've happened. Instead of being upset because you (falsley) think everyone is out to get you, try focusing your energies on finding what DID go wrong; so that it never happens again. This happened to blacks - and *gasp* whites, reds, browns, yellows and any other skin-color that happened to be in those parts of LA and MS when the storm hit. We're in this together. Doesn't anyone realize that?