[Warning do not read this if you have problems accepting reality. (That means you David)]
If you listen the national (cable) news today there is a new meme... "The Hurricane Only Hurt Black People."
Let's begin with the obvious; That is stupid on its face.
The area devastated by the storm was the size if Great Britain but CNN et al continue to act as if the hurricane only hit one building, the Superdome. Believe it or not, there was more to the storm than the Dome.
If you really look at the facts and not the media spin, the white people of the New Orleans area were hit much harder than the black population.
St. Bernard Parish is (was) 90% white but not a single federal person stepped foot into the parish for almost a week. They still have been largely ignored. And the whole parish was basically destroyed. I read that they were going to bulldoze a section of the Parish that was 4 miles long by 2 miles wide (think about that) and do it before the home owners could even try to retrieve any possessions. They are just going to bulldoze the whole area. If someone wanted to bulldoze that many homes owned by black people, it would be an international scandal and the UN would want to step in. But they are white people so you won't see Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton whining on CNN. They'll be no cries of racism. It will just happen.
While the feds are falling all over themselves to help the people on television (who happen to be black) they are ignoring many "white" areas of town.
Would you like a real example of discrimination in the rescue effort? While the Feds were killing themselves to get poor black people out the city, the white people got ignored. Here's a dose of reality for you. A white businessman lead rescue teams to get people out of his neighborhood who could not get any attention simply because all the resources were being focused on getting black people out. He wasn't looking for a medal, he was just doing what he could when the people in his neighborhood were trapped and the authorities would not get them out.
Were they being ignored because of "racism?" Well, frankly no. The Feds were not favoring "black" people they were favoring "televised" people. But the net result was the same. Black people ended up getting preferential treatment. So I'm really tired of hearing about how this storm only affected poor black people and they got treated poorly because of their race. Simple common sense should tell you that with millions of people affected, people in every race were victims and if anything, black people got preferential treatment. (because they were televised)
Neither was "putting black people in the Dome" racial... REMEMBER IT WAS VOLUNTARY. The people who showed up at the dome, were not rounded up, they came under their own power, of their own free will. The population in the Dome was selected by demographics, not racism.
Frankly, the people they showed in the Dome lost very little property. WHY? Because as the media keeps reminding us, they were poor. Lakeview, one of the "whitest" sections of town, was one of the hardest hit. Billions of dollars in property damage, much of it not covered by insurance. But if you listen to the national media, you didn't even know this area existed.
So please, CNN et al, spare me the "Only black people were harmed by the storm" nonsense. The only people making this a racial issue are the media!
This storm (obviously) affected everyone in the region. The constant shrill whining that it was only black people affected is stupid on its face and even more flabbergasting if you know the truth.
The media coverage really has been amazing. 80% of what the national media has reported thru all this was flawed in some non-trivial way. I know better because I live there but for Joe Six-pack living in Iowa, he has no clue what really happened in New Orleans.
After watching the media bungle the coverage in New Orleans, I can only imagine what is really happening in Iraq.