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Originally posted by ceci2006
In fact, I have read comments on this board that equate the relocated Katrina survivors as being "dirt" and "trash".
In other parts of the board, people are arguing on the fact that New Orleans should not be rebuilt. I know that some of the arguments have to do with its situation on undersea levels. That is accurate. But I cannot help but feel that there is something else guiding the criticism that NO should not be rebuilt.
That's why I asked the question. I may be too sensitive on this issue, but I tend to think that race is a part of the issue.
Originally posted by ceci2006
Or, was it outrage because I was way out of line about assuming what the "average citizen" would do?
Ortiz, Paul. "The Battle for New Orleans". Childs, John Brown, ed. Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities. Santa Cruz, CA.: New Pacific Press, 2005.
The presidential election of 2000 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina demonstrate that white supremacy and Jim Crow inequalites are alive and well in the United States. The disenfranchisement of thousands of African Americans in Florida set the stage for five more years of corporate rules, war profiteering, and policies that starved cities like New Orleans to death. Only a Black-majority city would be forced to suffer the indignity of being patrolled by private security forces just returned from their misadventures in Iraq (2)
Jolivette, Andrew. "Displacement, Gentrification and the Politics of Exclusion".Childs, John Brown, ed. Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities. Santa Cruz, CA.: New Pacific Press, 2005.
As I sit and watch CNN and Fox News along with the rest of the world, I struggle personally and professionally to grapple with the response to Hurricane Katrina and with the pre-existing state of Louisiana's political and moral responsibility to the poor, elderly, and the disenfranchised populations of New Orleans. There is a long history in this country of race and class divisions. It is usually easier to continue perpetuating these divisions, or to simply pretend they do not exist, than to critically interrogate and dismantle these oppressive systems of domination. Questions like: Why was the response so slow? Should they rebuild New Orleans? Who will benefit from the rebuilding? are all fundamental to questioning key issues of inequality, race, and white supremacy in the United States. (31)
Originally quoted by Benevolent Heretic
The truth about the Minutemen is that there are probably some who want to keep out the darkies, but I'd wager that the vast majority are working to protect their country where they feel their government has failed. So, we can't really even generalize the Minutemen except to say that the majority want one thing or another. And I think they want to protect their country.
I don't see how it's about race, to tell you the truth. It's about people coming here illegally. Yes, they're pretty much all hispanic, but that's not the root of the problem. If they were white, blue or green and entering the country illegally, I'd have a problem with it.
The fact that a group of people is the focus of hostility and they happen to be all the same race, doesn't automatically mean the hostility is ABOUT the race.