Katrina's Hidden Race War
I just read this a second time. I could really rant on this for hours and I actually did a short rant in the comment section of Katrina vanden Heuvel's post on the HuffPo. , but I guess they saw fit not to publish the last portion of it.
But let me just pull this sentence out of The Nation article:
"Now it's clear that some of the most serious crimes committed during that time were the work of gun-toting white males."
Some being what? I mean what kind of statement is that? That's like saying "Now it's clear that during the L.A. riots, some of the most serious crimes were the work of Hispanic males....so we now have a Hispanic crime war!"
Did rednecks at The Point shoot at African-Americans? I'm sure they did.
Is it right? No.
Should they be prosecuted? Absolutely.
Will they? No.
Why? Because that's just one of a thousand violent episodes which took place during that time.
Are they not being prosecuted because of a racially motivated cover up? Give me a fucking break.
Was it a "Race War"? Give me a bigger fucking break.
I don't doubt for one second that these incidents are true...but they are a drop in the bucket to the overall level of lawlessness and crime which occurred in the days following the Federal Flood. There are so many "incidents" which occurred in those days of horror, it just really peeves me to see a "national" (pun intended) reporter cherry pick incidents and call it "Katrina's Hidden Race War"
....gets your blood pumping doesn't it?
I've got an interview, on tape, with a young lady who was in the Dome who witnessed an elderly woman thrown over the walkway outside simply because "...she was a white woman". I've got interviews with people on Dumaine Street who told me of a band of men (African-American) with guns, a police officer included, who were systematically hunting down drug dealers and thugs in their neighborhood and killing them.
Point being....a lot of horrible things took place during that time. Were there white racists with guns shooting at people? I'm sure there were. Were there black racists with guns shooting at people? I'm sure there were.
Had Thompson framed this story as "Katrina's Hidden Vigilante War" I would have no problem with it because I think there were many, many vigilante incidents which went untold or unreported...one of the most egregious being a beheading of a child molester at the Convention Center (the headless body was actually shown underneath a blanket on CNN for a about a 10 hour period then the story mysteriously disappeared). And of course I don't have an issue with him reporting that there were white racists at Algiers point who were targeting African-Americans...that story needs to be told, and those assholes need to be prosecuted. But calling it a "Race War"....that's fucking insane and purposely inflammatory.....it's simply bad journalism.
A reporter could take that single story from the Dome which I just referred to, easily find 10 other incidents where white people were murdered, and imply that there was a race war against white people during the Katrina chaos...as a matter of fact I probably just gave some right wing asshole a great idea...shame on me.
I guess I'm just tired of these asswipe reporters like Nossiter, and now Thompson, coming into the city and exposing "horrible, racist conspiracies" when I guaranfuckingtee you I could go into their cities and do the exact same thing a thousand times over. If you keep framing things in terms of Race Wars...that's exactly what you're going to get.
The days following the Federal Flood were simply a breakdown in HUMAN CIVILITY....and that can happen anywhere at any fucking time given the right circumstances....White, Black, Puerto Rican....everybody is capable of freakin' (sorry Prince).
So I'm still workin on the bomb....it's just taking time...I'll call it the Manhattan Project :).