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Race Played Role In Katrina Deaths

Wonder why this is BURIED in the press?

Katrina Death Stats Contradict Racial Complaints

The popular perception that African-Americans living in New Orleans were disproportionately victimized by the government's botched Hurricane Katrina rescue effort turns out not to be true - at least according to preliminary death statistics released by the state of Louisiana.

On Wednesday, Congress heard dramatic testimony from black Katrina survivors, who complained that racism drove the federal rescue efforts and resulted in an unnecessarily high number of African-American deaths.

"People were allowed to die," storm survivor Leah Hodges testified, telling a House panel that black residents of New Orleans had been victims of "genocide and ethnic cleansing."

But preliminary figures compiled by the morgue in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, which is the primary facility handling the bodies of Katrina deceased, show that a majority of the dead in New Orleans and surrounding parishes were actually not black.

Of the 883 bodies processed so far by medical examiners at St. Gabriel, 562 have been identified by race. Slightly less than half that number - 48 percent - are African-American.
Forty-one percent are white, 8 percent unknown and 2 percent Hispanic.

The remarkable numbers, which undermine claims that Katrina rescue efforts were somehow infused by racism, have been completely ignored by the national media, with only the Lousiana-based news web site, The Bayou Buzz, devoting any coverage at all to the story.

The surprisingly low death rate for black Katrina victims comes despite the fact that New Orleans itself was more than two-thirds black [67 percent] when the storm hit. White residents made up less than a third [28 percent] of the city's population, according to U.S. Census bureau numbers.

The two hardest hit areas were Orleans parish, which is the city itself - with 720 people killed by Katrina - and St. Bernard parish, with 123 dead.

St. Bernard parish is 88 percent white, but the total population before the storm was just 65,554 people. The city of New Orleans, on the other hand, had 484,674 people before the storm, 67 percent of whom were black.

The two populations combined were still over 60 percent black - twelve points higher than the percentage of black residents killed by Katrina.

So more whites died per capita than blacks.

I guess these numbers are "remarkable" to someone who does not live here. I expected it and it is completely logical. A large number of the white people in New Orleans were older. And anyone who studied it knew what would happen in the Superdome. I posted long before the storm hit exactly what would happen. (1)

So you had elderly white people who chose to ride out the storm at home vs the hell that awaited them in the dome. Many of them died. The black population that could not evacuate went to the dome.. And while they were uncomfortable, they lived.

It puts the great lie to the spin from the media but it really is not that surprising.

(1) Well, almost exactly, I didn't count on Blanco keeping food and water from the people, I (DUH) assumed they would drop them food and water.- I misunderestimated her stupidity.


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(1) Well, almost exactly... (Below threshold)
Bill M:

(1) Well, almost exactly, I didn't count on Blanco keeping food and water from the people, I (DUH) assumed they would drop them food and water.- I misunderestimated her stupidity.

Just goes to show, you can't always guess right. I don't think anyone would have thought any one person could be as stupid as Gov Blanco.

Waiting for the MSM to headline this information. . .

I wonder what Kanye and Far... (Below threshold)
tony:

I wonder what Kanye and Farrakhan have to say about this.

I do hope that you, as a NO... (Below threshold)

I do hope that you, as a NOLA resident, are sending copies of that article to your representatives in Congress. Why not send it to all the reporters whose e-mail addresses you can dig up, too, and tell them STFU?

That will get nearly as muc... (Below threshold)

That will get nearly as much MSM coverage as Air America's financial dealings have gotten. There's a saying in Texas about the second liar not standing a chance, even when he's telling the truth, that covers this pretty well.

Don't worry; neither Blanco... (Below threshold)
Wanderlust:

Don't worry; neither Blanco nor Nagin are ignoring your stats, Paul; to wit:

* NOLA is over 60% Black;
* Blacks as a race are disproportionately poor, compared to Whites and other races - so, as a class, Blacks were disproportionately represented among all evacuees, because poor people are less likely to own their own vehicles;
* Evacuees are scattered all over the US; and
* Nagin faces an upcoming re-election campaign in February 2006.

Oh, and Blacks tend to be registered as Democrats.

Therefore, come election time, watch Nagin/Blanco/DNC bleat about how evacuees have "had their voting rights disenfranchised", justifying massive out of town voting, and/or delaying elections for months.

It will be nothing short of a media frenzy, where talking heads display amazing feats of cognitive dissonance when they simultaneously rant about Black evacuees suffering at the hands of the Man both in death count (disproved by the stats you quote) and election disenfranchisement (because the DNC has had its voter base wiped clean by Katrina).

To quote a famous STII line: "Sauce for the Goose, Mr. Savvik."

Wanderlust, you're waaaay b... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Wanderlust, you're waaaay behind. The Democrat Gov has postponed the election "indefinitely."

Meanwhile St. Bernard Parish (county) which was actually the worst devistation is voting and they are voting in Iraq.

go figure.

I wonder what Kanye and ... (Below threshold)
MikeB:

I wonder what Kanye and Farrakhan have to say about this.

Obviously, Bush killed some white people then went and placed their corpses in the morgue to try to skew the numbers. Nothing is beyond him!

- MikeB

(disclaimer: I should point out that this post was intended to be humorous. However, due to the fact that statements from the left are usually so laughable, I've included this disclaimer.)

MikeB,If you look ... (Below threshold)
Webster:

MikeB,

If you look closely you'll probably find that those murdered whites were --- DEMOCRAT PARTY DONORS!!

No worries, MikeB, they'll ... (Below threshold)
epador:

No worries, MikeB, they'll vote a straight Democratic ticket for years to come...

ROFLMAO... (Below threshold)
Paul:

ROFLMAO

Blanco to Sell 'Invisible-I... (Below threshold)

Blanco to Sell 'Invisible-Ink and Memo Sets' On Corners for Relief!

See it here and get your own set!

Originally I was mad a Bush... (Below threshold)

Originally I was mad a Bush for ignoring the urgent needs of black people, but now that I know that he just ignored the urgent needs of everybody, I feel much better.

Will,So President ... (Below threshold)
Tony:

Will,

So President Bush should have swooped in wearing his cape and rescued these people as the water overtook them in the early hours of the morning?

You are an ass.

Paul,You're right,... (Below threshold)
Wanderlust:

Paul,

You're right, I am behind the proverbial 8-ball on things in the Parish (remember, I'm from Chalmette). Thanks for updating me.

As I recollect (and I am 40), LA has voted for Governors in the following fashion, since the early 1970's:

* Edwin Edwards, a crook from the moment he was spawned on a gaming table, serves two terms;

* Then a semi-honest person serves a term, because Edwin isn't eligible to run for a third consecutive term (e.g., Treen, Roemer, Foster); and

* Then Edwards serves for two more terms, because as dishonest as he is, most of the damned state loves him.

I wouldn't be surprised if Blanco is some relation to Edwards, because delaying the election is something I would have expected from him - just as I would expect from him anything dishonest regarding financial malfeasance at the state level.

By comparison, NOLA mayors following in Dutch's steps have been stuck on stupid, period.

As for Will's stupid (yes, I am using that word) assertion that Bush is somehow personally responsible for the lack of "urgent" needs being met, he should watch the National Geographic special on Katrina. It shows that while nobody was perfect, the Feds, from Bush down, were at least proactive regarding staging relief supplies and urging the State/Locals to mobilize for disaster, days before the storm, and days before Nagin got off his a** and pretended to follow his own EOP. And I'm noticing that Will hasn't addressed the issues of this thread - accusations of racial bias being disproven by stats.

Give it up, Will. If you want REAL corruption, look no further than the local levee boards, water boards, and parish governments (BRILAB and Jefferson Parish levee district shenanigans in the late 1970's come to mind). And when you meet the likes of Carlos Marcello (is he even still alive?) and his cronies, tell them that I said hello; I'm a relative of Leon Pourier. He'll know him, since Leon kept Carlos out of trouble with the Feds back in the early 1970's.

I forgot you were from the ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

I forgot you were from the Parish.

Yeah, they get to vote but NOLA doesn't!


I think we should wait unti... (Below threshold)
arli:

I think we should wait until all of the bodies are counted. Even if blacks were 60% of the pop. they still are 47% of the dead is that something to celebrate. Do you think that this little insignificant stat means that somehow race was not an issue?

Bodies were found last week. The problem is that people are dead. Everyone failed in this effort.

How much money could we have saved if we had made sure that the city flood system was sufficient? How much would it have cost for an emergency evactuation plan by the state or the city?

You failed to mention the neighboring sherrif that shot at people rather than have them cross the bridge to his town.

Those people who were killed on the bridge, the private mercenaries said they were shot at first. Notice we never found out who those people were that were killed?

But race played no part in the response, politics probably a bigger part.

I think we should wait unti... (Below threshold)
arli:

I think we should wait until all of the bodies are counted. Even if blacks were 60% of the pop. they still are 47% of the dead is that something to celebrate. Do you think that this little insignificant stat means that somehow race was not an issue?

Bodies were found last week. The problem is that people are dead. Everyone failed in this effort.

How much money could we have saved if we had made sure that the city flood system was sufficient? How much would it have cost for an emergency evactuation plan by the state or the city?

You failed to mention the neighboring sherrif that shot at people rather than have them cross the bridge to his town.

Those people who were killed on the bridge, the private mercenaries said they were shot at first. Notice we never found out who those people were that were killed?

But race played no part in the response, politics probably a bigger part.

Andrew Young's Perspective:... (Below threshold)

Andrew Young's Perspective: More White Killed In Katrina's Then Black People...
www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-10-2007/0004643650&EDATE= - 14k - Cached - Similar pages. Andrew Young's Perspective: More White Killing In Katrina's Then Black People. Watching Nate Perkins Live: IPTV.
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