Hurricane Katrina and Black Behavior
Report; Posted on: 2005-09-02 14:20:40

A reader compares behavior in New Orleans to that of Asian tsunami survivors.

Here's a debating point to use when discussing Black violence in post-Katrina New Orleans with your "unawakened" friends and family.

When they argue that this isn't race, it's just poor people trying to survive amid a destroyed city, remember the following:

First, a snippet from a Reuters article commenting on the world's view of the violence and looting in New Orleans:

'The pictures of the catastrophe -- which has killed hundreds and possibly thousands -- have evoked memories of crises in the world's poorest nations such as last year's tsunami in Asia, which left more than 230,000 people dead or missing. But some view the response to those disasters more favorably than the lawless aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "I am absolutely disgusted. After the tsunami our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering," said Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, as he watched a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka. "Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is.'

So according to the article, there was no widespread violence following last year's tsunami that killed about a quarter of a million people.

Now, according to the CIA World Factbook, in Indonesia the average person earns $3,500 per year.

The average Black American makes about $15,000 per year. Much is made about the fact that if Black America were its own nation, it would be the 15th richest in the world. The poor Blacks in this country can get $3500 in foodstamps alone, much less all the other gub'ment cheese.

So poverty-stricken Indonesians who earn a small fraction of what Blacks get every year were far better behaved. Therefore it really can't be poverty that's causing this behavior, now can it?

And let's face it: these Blacks weren't starving. In fact the first reports of looting according to the Times-Picayune weblog were reported early Monday afternoon, just hours after the hurricane struck. And were they looting water and beef jerky? Heck no, they were looting a sporting goods store.

Here's the quote from the Times-Picayune (cited above):
'...a parade of looters streaming from Coleman's Retail Store, located at 4001 Earhart Blvd., about two blocks away from The Times-Picayune offices. The looters, who were men and women who appeared to be in their early teens to mid-40s, braved a steady rain and infrequent tropical storm wind gusts to tote boxes of clothing and shoes from the store. Some had garbage bags stuffed with goods. Others lugged wardrobe-sized boxes or carried them on their heads. The line going to and from the store along Earhart Boulevard numbered into the dozens and appeared to be growing. Some looters were seen smiling and greeting each other with pleasantries as they passed. Another group was seen riding in the back of a pickup truck, honking the horn and cheering.'

These were not people concerned about survival...these were criminals ("smiling and greeting each other with pleasantries" and "cheering"), out to get what they could when they could.

Source: S. Wilson • Printed from National Vanguard
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