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    A person from another site posted this so I thought I would come over here & post it as well.


    Here's an article by Spelman professor and historian, Wm. Jelani Cobb
    analysing the historic refusal to value the lives of people of color
    in natural disasters. I invite you to read this article well-written
    by Mr. Cobb because there are a lot of haters out there writing their
    spin on Hurricane Katrina and how to deal with poor black people.
    Here's the article:

    It Is About Race
    By William Jelani Cobb, Special to AOL Black Voices
    "Now it thundered and it lightnin'd, Lord and the wind, wind began to
    blow Lord there was thousands and thousands of poor people at that
    time didn't have no place to go."


    -- Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi Blues Musician

    Echoes of History

    Like Hurricane Katrina, after a Mississippi storm in 1927, nearly a
    million people fled. Over a thousand perished. The refugees were
    overwhelmingly black and poor.

    The waters came down with a biblical fury and it was -- as it is
    always -- the poor who were left to confront the catastrophe on her
    own terms. There had been years of warnings before the floodwaters
    exploded past the levees. They poured into the low-lying areas,
    sweeping away housing that had been substandard even before the rains
    began. Nearly a million people fled. Over a thousand perished. The
    refugees, overwhelmingly black, overwhelmingly poor were placed in
    sites that were their own brand of disaster and, unable to leave once
    they entered, they began comparing the structures to prisons. And the
    terrible truth beneath this all was that this occurred precisely as
    it was supposed to: Water follows the path of least resistance.


    These events went down not in Louisiana in the past week, but in
    Mississippi in 1927. Swollen by heavy rains, the river began bursting
    through levees – built despite protests that they would only amplify
    the water's destructive capacity -- between Illinois and the Gulf.
    The Republican official in charge, Herbert Hoover in this case --
    took a virtually hands-off approach and the Red Cross refugee sites
    became models of Southern race relations with blacks being forced to
    do laundry for the National Guardsmen and literally leased out to
    help rebuild the flooded plantations of the Delta. The levees were
    repaired, though – as soon as the waters receded enough for black men
    to be gathered at gunpoint and forced onto labor gangs. (One black
    man refused to join the gang and was killed by a policeman.)


    There been echoes of bad history in the aftermath of Katrina. The
    past has come back upon us like bad food in the gut. Prior to Monday,
    anyone who argued that the country would essentially carry on
    business as usual while a major American city sank into the Gulf of
    Mexico would have been dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. But
    this is one of those cases where it takes a broken clock to check the
    time.


    Rapper Kanye west upset the air of charity and concilliation on a
    nationally televised telethon when he jumped script and ad
    libbed, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." And even
    though Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came out in strong defense
    of her boss over the weekend, outruling all charges of racism,
    certain inarguable facts remain.


    You already got a clue that the storm winds of racism were blowing
    when the press images of blacks who 'looted' stores were placed
    alongside those of whites who 'found' bread and soda. In 2005, we
    have been taught to hedge our bets, to speak of racism as one
    possibility among other feasible explanations for the problems we
    witness. There will be attempts to disguise this as a problem of
    logistics or, at the most, the result of faceless bureaucratic
    neglect that has been corroding American cities for decades. Worse
    case scenario: this political nonchalance will all be attributed the
    indefensible armed gangs within the city.


    But these are lies.


    None of those explanations can explain why there were not press
    conferences from 46 other governors pledging support for New Orleans.
    They will not explain why New York City did not send 500 of its
    40,000 cops to assist the submerged city. They cannot explain why
    George W. Bush -- in a cameo of his performance on 9/11 -- did not
    respond to the disaster as it occurred and arrived on the 5th day of
    the flood.


    In coming days you will be offered spin and staged photo-ops designed
    to make your heart go sepia with regard for our 'strong leadership.'
    This is an illusion. Only the river-bloated bodies are real. Filter
    through the spin and you will meet a brutal truth: there are people
    who have died and people who are dying in Louisiana because they are
    black and they are poor. The truth is that neglect is the racial
    default setting -- which is why those people were left behind in the
    city literally and metaphorically. The truth is that there was a
    silent amen exhaled across the country when Dennis Hastert floated
    the idea of not bothering to rebuild. Sixty-seven percent black; 30
    percent of the population below the poverty line: cities like New
    Orleans are the reason we have red states in the first place.


    Or maybe they will rebuild. And in future years we can look to a
    charming, romantic 2.0 version of the Big Easy, one where the problem
    population left in 2005 and never quite made it back inside the city.


    Herbert Hoover graduated to the Oval Office from his post as
    Secretary of Commerce after the 1927 flood. As President displayed
    that same cavalier approach to catastrophe as the Great Depression
    strangled ordinary citizens and he continued to govern on behalf of
    the upper percentiles of the economy. The echoes of bad history are,
    at this point, deafening. This is not Mississippi in 1927. It is
    America seventy-eight years later. But I swear to God, its getting
    harder and harder to tell the difference.


    About the Author
    William Jelani Cobb is an assistant professor of history at Spelman
    College and editor of 'The Essential Harold Cruse.' He also posts
    articles at www.jelanicobb.com. You can reach him at
    [email protected].
    All i can be is me so please accept me

  • #2
    what do ya'll think bout this
    All i can be is me so please accept me

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    • #3
      Good Read 9704...
      MOMMA ASKIN ME WHY I GET DRUNK WHY I GET HIGH LOST IN A ZONE AND I COULD'NT REPLY STANDING THERE STUCK WITH A TEAR IN MY EYE TELLIN MYSELF I'AM HATIN MY LIFE

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      • #4
        This whole argument is funny. It has nothing to do with racism, although it may seem that way.
        Basically, search "Martial Law" on Google, then search "FEMA Concentration Camps in the US" on Google. Thank you. Have fun reading and then come back and tell me that the ultimate goal of the New World Order has something to do with racism.
        Katrina is being used to further the New World Order's plans to put a third "Patriot Act" through, which will destroy MORE of the Consitution and Posse Comitatus. Racism is being mentioned just as a cover-up. It was inevitable that racism would be brought into this, but this has nothing to do with racism, and all about destroying America's 200 year-old laws, putting the populus in the 700 FEMA Concentration Camps and bringing Martial Law to America. Britain will be next, so you aren't safe either. And Australia. And Israel is already fucking itself up, and everywhere in Europe. Fight the New World Order and stop running your mouth about racism, because Classism is more important, but FEMA don't care about ANY of you. The Concentration Camps and the torture WHIPS don't care what colour you are. Fuck racism talk and realise the bigger picture.

        http://sf.indymedia.org/uploads/the_...y__34kbps_.ram

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        • #5
          yea im sure ur rite n all but dam a ***** dont gotta write a fuckin english paper about it . lol
          dont hate on ur dad juss cuz u never met him. he might be me.

          smackin' da enemy wit akward agility, then attack ya facility, then its back to my killing spree - proof

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          • #6
            ^ daamn, I write for Australia, I just live in England - and my shit's more educational than most English papers Fuck English papers. They all Murdoch-owned.

            It's not that long, anyway - you should see my blogs and shit. Look at my recent posts:

            http://d12world.com/board/showpost.p...0&postcount=88
            yo this post is LONG: http://d12world.com/board/showpost.p...3&postcount=61

            i can find more but it'll take a while

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            • #7
              lol damn
              All i can be is me so please accept me

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              • #8
                I don't think race had much to do with it. I think it was that the city was considered to have a worthless population. I think if it was richy no matter which race inhabbited it, then help would of came sooner. Say it was Malibu, not matter the primary race, it would of been saved.

                I'm not saying either is right... no matter their race or income, they're still exactly the same. Though TO THE GOVERNMENT, poor people < rich people.
                "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle

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                • #9
                  Ur blind if u think race didn't matter in this & many more issues. The gov knew that those poor ppl couldn't pick up & go without help or assistance. & to take days to provide aid is a slap in the face.
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