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2005/12/6

"They Died From Abject Neglect"

@ 11:47 PM (106 months, 1 day ago)

Today's Quote of the Day:

"They Died From Abject Neglect"--Community activist Leah Hodges, speaking during a special House panel hearing on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, from the perspective of African-American survivors.

Katrina victims blame racism for slow aid

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  1. OMG! Let's not take responsibility for ourselves, please.:roll: Everyone who was there had PLENTY of opportunity to get out, and now they're whining about how the government is racist. Here's an idea: Move and get a job! Provide for yourselves! It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to take care of you as if you are some perpetually helpless baby attached to our teat. If you think America is so racist, go to Africa for awhile, where the Hutus and Tutsis slaghter each other for sport, and where there is no uniform government and where you will recive NO help from anyone. Except, of course, American aid workers and missionaries.

    Losers.:mad:

    Comment by C-Mom— 2005/12/07 @ 08:54 AM — (Reply)

  2. And by the way, victims of Hurricane Katrina were poor than the U.S. average.

    We'v already discussed this here.

    Here's the link to the post:

    http://progressiveminds.bloghi.com/2005/09/05/victims-of-hurricane-katrina-poorer-than-u-s-average.html

    Note: However, the Yahoo News article that I reference in this post has expired.

    Comment by SMillard— 2005/12/07 @ 06:49 PM — (Reply)

  3. There is no racism in the posts above.

    Pointing out that people are responsible for their own lives is not racist. In fact, saying that black people can't do that, which you imply, IS the racist comment.

    Comment by Horace Gutman— 2005/12/07 @ 07:25 PM — (Reply)

  4. To blame these people for being poor is complete ignorance. You don't know that they don't have a job (or 2 or 3 jobs for that matter). The jobs these people had probably payed close to minimum wage, a whopping $5 something an hour. We need a true living wage where everyone gets page a living wage for a week of work.

    Then this could discussion could go to education as well. If you take a look at the schools in the most damaged areas of New Orleans and then look at the schools in the suburbs and more affluent areas, you would definitly see a difference in the buildings, staff, and materials. How do you expect someone to get a college degree without a quality education? We must fund education for everyone and truly leave no child behind by teaching every child instead of testing every child.

    Finally, these people might recieve help from the government, but if the government did not give billions of dollars of handouts to corporations, there would be money to provide real help to these people AND provide education. And there might even be enough left over to fully fund the levee system in New Orleans, so it would not break.

    It all comes down to who you want to help...the less fortanate people in our communities or multi-million dollar corporations. Which one do you think Jesus would support?

    Comment by noneed4thneed— 2005/12/07 @ 07:30 PM — (Reply)

  5. To Horace Gutman:

    No one ever said the people from New Orleans are not responsible for their lives.

    However, they are also tax-paying American citizens.

    And I, for one, believe that you when you pay federal taxes, there is a debt your government owes you.

    Your post seems to imply that you do not believe the government (on a local, state or federal level) had any obligation to help the people stranded in New Orleans.

    And that is a notion I wholeheartedly disagree with. I believe the government, at every level, had an obligation to help those who could not afford to evacuate.

    I'm an African-American myself, and no where in my responses did I say African-Americans could not take responsibility for their own lives.

    Get a clue!

    Comment by SMillard— 2005/12/07 @ 07:36 PM — (Reply)

  6. How come the "local" government didn't help them out?

    Comment by — 2005/12/08 @ 01:43 AM — (Reply)

  7. Survivors from New Orleans told a congressional panel on Tuesday they felt abandoned by government at all levels after Hurricane Katrina hit the city and had been subjected to racial slurs and menaced by guns when they sought food and water," Reuters "reports" from Washington.

    Yet while the headline reads "Hurricane Victims Tell US Congress of Racial Slurs," this is the closest the dispatch comes to delivering (ellipsis in original):

    Leah Hodges, a community activist, recalled trying to help a group of stranded senior citizens. The military took them to an evacuation point on a highway where they spent the night, awakening to a "bunch of hard red necks scowling and growling at us in military uniforms . . . pointing guns at us and treating us worse than prisoners of war," she said.

    Now, maybe the witnesses actually did testify that they were subjected to racial slurs. But it's curious that the only slur to appear in the Reuters account is one directed against the military by one of the aggrieved witnesses.

    Comment by — 2005/12/09 @ 12:11 AM — (Reply)

  8. To the coward who is posting anonymously on here:

    Who says the loca government didn't try to help? There were most definitely systemic failures at all levels.

    But the magnitude of the hurricane was way beyond the local or state scope. Which is why Gov. Blanco declared a state of emergency, and told the WH (before Katrina struck) that it would be beyond their magnitude.

    Moreover, why do you find it "curious" that those claims of racial epithets are being against the military? We have racists in this country, unfortunately. Racists are everywhere. In schools, libraries, churches, and yes, even the military.

    So why do you find it "curious" that someone made this claim?

    Comment by SMillard— 2005/12/09 @ 12:24 AM — (Reply)

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