Thursday, September 01, 2005

U.S.A.!! U.S.A.!! U.S.A.!! GooooOOO TEAM!

I guess it’s been a while since I’ve actually written anything and I guess this seems as good a time as any. The thing is, I’m really not thinking about anything someone else isn’t. Nor can I get away from the horribleness that was Katrina and our government’s appalling lack of readiness and response. It feels as though race and class issues are slapping me in the face, per usual. But, before I travel down that godforsaken road, this is something worth noting.

Okay, to it. I believe this Slate article, while a fine read, used slippery logic, was ill-organized and conflated race and class, to a fault. Let me state this, and I know it’s a radical statement:

Not all blacks are poor and not all poor are black.

Okey doke then. So what does it mean that so many of the people left to find their way out of hell are black? It means that the GOVERNMENT, yeah I said it, THE GOVERNMENT, did not do enough to get people transportation out of city.

Now read this like a cheer at a football game:

Who couldn’t get out of the city?

The Poor!

How’s that spelled?

P-O-O-R!

And why couldn’t they get out?

No money!

How’s that spelled?

B-L-A-C-K!

No. That’s idiotic. That causal relationship was between MONEY and the freedom it granted people to leave, not one’s race and what?? If you want to talk about why it appears that so many blacks are poor, K, let’s chat. But if you want to talk about people left in the city, you need to talk about ability and that ability was granted through financial means and why is that? Because the goddamned government didn’t do its job.

There you go. Have a nice day.

7 Comments:

Blogger Duf said...

Interesting link - I would have guessed wrong on both counts. Canada - we're officially calling you out!

What slays me is the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans both spent oodles (I was thinking - is this about storm or about face time) of time on CNN talking about the storm, its potential, and the need FOR everyone to evacuate (not the need TO evacuate everyone). This is a classic assumption. I have a car, you have a car, so everyone has a working car and can just load up with gas and take a vacation upstate.

Also, Bush's reaction calls to mind that scene in Fahrenheit 9/11 where they tell him of the first plane slamming into the WTC, and he just sits there. Days later, the genius decides to end his vacation and do something. Nice.

As an AfAm, can I also wonder at some link between race/culture and a decision to stay? It seems that for some reason, a lot of my people decided not to flee. Is it distrust of the government and its messages? Is it a need to stay and protect property? Is it a lack of options on where to go? Is it a "God will provide" approach?

Last, you should see http://pandyland.blogspot.com today. It has an interesting link about how the media portrays the whole thing. A black man is said to "loot" food at a store. A white couple is said to have "found" food at a store.

Nice. Professional.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always blaming the government...grow up! Hello!! The city is in a basin behind walls to hold back the water and it is in a hurricane prone area. The city has talked about this possibility for over 30 years. Stop and listen, it was bound to happen and since it has been talked about for so long you should have moved away to protect yourself. So when the big earthquake hits Calf. and hundreds die you will blame the government instead of the people who CHOOSE to live there. Even people who are poor can choose to live somewhere else. All you need is the will to make it happen.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Aerenchyma said...

Ahhhhh, once a jackhole, always a Jackhole-Jackson. Thanks for lunch!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Duf said...

Ah choices. They really are a middle class construct, no? We all assume the people CHOSE to stay, but we don't know that for sure. I still maintain that not everyone could jump in a car and drive somewhere. For those would could not: the poor, the sick, the car-less, etc. The government owes all those folks a viable emergency option.

Stated differently, I don't weep when a Malibu mansion drifts into the sea.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous bahejay said...

You really should go to
http://alienman.blogspot.com/
Just to let you know--God is in control.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Aerenchyma said...

great...god orchestrated his nightmare and let all of those people die. good to know. i wonder how the bastard can sleep at night.

10:01 AM  
Blogger SharonA said...

Infrastructure is the federal governments job. They pay for highways and levees. But the local officials probably have 27 plans in their desk drawers about how to evacuate the city in an emergency. The plans did not do anybody any good, sitting there in the drawer. So macro failure=Feds, micro failure=locals, disaster relief= nonexistant, hello. I am so ashamed.

11:36 AM  

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