Sunday, September 04, 2005

Evidence of racism?

I posted this up because of the comments thread linked here


Blogger Bruce said...

Oh dear. I wonder if it was a typo. I don't know if to laugh or to be concerned.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

These days, you can do both.


11:58 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

There were two things on Yahoo News where in each item they showed people struggling through the water with food. One picture showing the black person had the caption "This person was looting a store", the next item posted later in the day showed two white people and the caption said " these two people wade through chest deep water after finding food in a store". Does this mean Yahoo News is racist? Maybe a little. But I must say the suffering is being born by mostly POOR (they had no personal vehicle to drive away in when the evacuation order was given) black people. I am not going to say our government is racist, but it certainly showed that poor people are low on the list of priorities. By trying to save a few bucks on buses and gas instead of making sure these people got out BEFORE the hurricaine they just left them all behind. It is a disgrace. Bush, the Governor and the Mayor should all be ashamed. All the money spent by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA and they can't organise buses to get these people out of danger? It is ridiculous.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

Yahoo was just being idiotic, not racist, by following their policy to the letter with regard with those two pictures. They didn't make the necessary adjustments required by this huge disaster.

It might help you understand that this disaster, affecting an area the size of Great Britain, was made worse by stupidty. Racism played no role in exacerbating this terrible situation, stupidity did.

I don't like it when people make me repeat myself. So before I do, I have to ask. Did you not read the posting just above???

I think it would help you understand the role that human error played in this. At BlogsForBush they point out something in a September 19, 2004 article:

"NEW ORLEANS DODGED THE KNOCKOUT PUNCH MANY FEARED FROM THE HURRICANE, but the storm exposed what some say are significant flaws in the Big Easy's Civil disaster plans."

So again, I ask:

Why did Democrats try to turn this terrible disaster into a blame-Bush game? Why didn't Mayor Nagin (Nagger!) use his head and use the resources at his disposal to carry out the job that he was charged with directing

Where was the DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS in 2004? Did he not know what had happened less than a year ago in New Orleans? Why would he, Terry Ebbert, try to play the blame game? "FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no commnad and control." Incredible huh? How about this little polemical: "We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans."

There is something very peculiar about a city and a state that have a plan on the books for years that outlines what to do when a hurricane is about to strike, yet when a hurricane comes roaring in, the responsible officials just chuck the plan and try winging it. Delaying and then winging it in the face of a monstrous Cat 4/5 hurricane is never, ever a good idea, especially for New Orleans.

Before you reply, check out my other post on this.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hey, Sorry to make you repeat yourself, but I tried loading the site you referenced and it won't load for me. I don't believe I singled out Bush, but named the Mayor, the Governor, FEMA and the Dept. of Homeland Security. See, you made ME repeat MYSELF. Sorry if I irritated you so much. I thought since you are soliciting comments, you might be a bit more graceful and not attack the commentor. For the record, I am not a liberal Bush basher,but I am also not in lock step with every move he makes. I have noticed that a lot of these right wing bloggers scan the comments and if there is any indication at all that you may not agree 100% with Bush, you are attacked as a Bush Basher. Do you think FEMA and DofHS performed flawlessly in this situation?

3:03 PM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I disagree with the way that you would equate president Bush's response to the gross incompetence and sillyness of the others that you mentioned.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I am saying that there is plenty of blame to go around, Dems and Reps alike. I am not cutting Bush, the Governor, or the Mayor any slack. With 10,000 possible fatalities, this is bigger than any political party.
Also, I agree with you that Yahoo was probably just being stupid, but they are playing right into the stereotype. All of the pictures of "looters" are black while all of the rescuing people (and I am an ex-Coastguardsman, so I am really mad at anyone shooting at my guys)saving everybody are white. I don't know if you are a veteran, but let me tell you this: there are more blacks in the service per-capita than in the general population. They choose the military life because it is an opportunity to get out of poverty that maybe they might not get otherwise. I am not black, I am white, but I'll get a good portion of the rescuers are black, but you don't see pictures of them. Look, I agree with you on some things, I voted for Reagan, and read my Bible too. But to always fall into lock step with Republicans or Democrats is being intellectually lazy.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

I wasn't looking for "blame" but I found it in the ridiculous attempt by Democrat officials to make this into a Democrat vs Republican thing. When I first really became aware of the terrible scope of this disaster, I decided to support efforts to deal with it. Including on this Blog. Go ahead and trace my Blog timeline.

The President hasn't been trying to blame anyone for anything, the people that I quoted, negligent Democratic officials, were. It was a stupid thing to do. That's the way it is. And that's how I called it. Of course this is bigger than any political party! That's beside the point.

Listen, you think that the racism aspect of this story is a bigger deal than it is, I don't. In fact, I think it's a joke.

We just disagree.

7:55 PM  

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