Thursday, September 01, 2005

Looting New Orleans and America’s poverty crisis

Can I call it or what? It is starting already. I have already read dozens of editorials like this.
The lack of common sense is astounding. Yep whitey, this is on you. Yep Bush himself waved a freaking magic wand and said “poof” “you niggers are now henceforth poor and helpless.” None of the black representatives from Louisiana had a clue, the last 3 mayors I believe were all black just what the hell did they do over the last couple of decades. I will say it again where is Jackson, Sharpton NAACP, the black churches? Sharpton took his tired ass down to Crawford to mug for the cameras with that idiot Sheehan WHERE IS HE. Yep white folks this disaster is on you. Your guilt-o-meters will be running overtime now.


by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Two things happened in one day that tell much about the abysmal failure of the Bush administration to get a handle on poverty in America. The first was the tragic and disgraceful shots of hordes of New Orleans residents scurrying down the city's Hurricane ravaged streets with their arms loaded with food, clothes, appliances, and in some cases guns, that they looted from stores and shops.

That same day, the Census Bureau released a report that found that the number of poor Americans has leaped even higher since Bush took office in 2000. While criminal gangs who always take advantage of chaos and misery to snatch and grab whatever they can, did much of the looting, many desperately poor, mostly Black residents, saw a chance to grab items that they can't afford. They also did their share of the looting. That makes it no less reprehensible, but it's no surprise.

New Orleans has one of the highest poverty rates of any of America's big cities. According to a report by Total Community Action, a New Orleans public advocacy group, nearly one out of three New Orleans residents live below the poverty level, the majority of who are Black. A spokesperson for the United Negro College Fund noted that the city's poor live in some of the most dilapidated, and deteriorated housing in the nation.

But New Orleans is not an aberration. Nationally, according to Census figures, Blacks remain at the bottom of the economic totem pole. They have the lowest media income of any group. Bush's war and economic policies don't help matters. His tax cuts redistributed billions to the rich and corporations. And the Iraq war has drained billions from cash starved job training, health and education programs.

The 2 million new jobs in 2004 Bush touts as proof that his economic policies work have been mostly smoke and mirrors number counting. The bulk of these jobs are low pay jobs, with minimum benefits, and little job security in retail and service industries. A big portion of the nearly 40 million Americans that live below the official poverty line fill these jobs. They're the lucky ones. They have jobs. Many young Blacks, such as those that ransacked stores in New Orleans, don't.

The poverty crisis has slammed them the hardest of all. Even during the Clinton era economic boom, the unemployment rate for young Black males was double, and in some parts of the country, triple that of white males. During the past couple of years, state and federal cutbacks in job training and skills programs, the brutal competition for low and semi skilled service and retail jobs from immigrants, and the refusal of many employers to hire those with criminal records have further hammered Black communities and added to the Great Depression era high unemployment numbers among young Blacks.

The tale of poverty is more evident in the nearly one million Blacks behind bars, the HIV/AIDS rampage in Black communities, the sea of Black homeless persons, and the raging drug and gang violence that rips apart many Black communities.

Then there are the children. One third of America's poor are children. Worse, the Children's Defense Fund found that nearly 1 million Black children live not in poverty, but in extreme poverty. That's the greatest number of Black children trapped in dire poverty in nearly a quarter century.

Bush officials claim the poverty numbers do not surprise them. They contend that past trends show that poverty peaks and then declines a year after the jump in new job growth. But the poverty numbers have steadily risen for not one, but all five years of his administration.

While the NAACP hammers Bush on the war, and his domestic policies, poverty has not been their top priority. The fight for affirmative action, economic parity, professional advancement and busing replaced battling poverty, reducing unemployment, securing quality education, promoting self-help and gaining greater political empowerment as the goals of all African-Americans.

That effectively left the one out of four Blacks that wallow below the official poverty level out in the cold. The looting in New Orleans, though deplorable, put an ugly public face on a crisis that Bush administration policies have made worse. The millions in America that grow poorer, more desperate, and greater in number, are bitter testament to that.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top O the Mornin', Snoop. Got a quiz for you, my friend:

Here are two pictures with captions:

"Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana"
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/photos_ts_afp/050830071810_shxwaoma_photo1

"A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005."
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050830/480/ladm10708301649

Now, tell me the difference between someone who "loots" a grocery store and one who simply "finds" food there...

El B

1.9.05  
Blogger Snoop said...

Yes B I saw the same quiz and it was played out on several news and blog sites.

I understand the thing about looking for food. What set me off was the pictures of black law enforcement personnel openly participating in the “looting”. Now about the difference between “looting” and “finding”, was one scene I saw on TV where these people were in a Walmart smiling and having a good ole time, taking TV’s, Video Games, other electronic gadgets, several pairs of shoes, toys. These folks were smiling acting as if they were gettin’ over on “the man,”
They were not worried about their safety, they were not taking advantage of the time they had to get the hell out of the city they were fucking around trying to grab as much useless shit as possible.
In addition these idiots shooting at helicopters, one policeman was shot in the face, several other policeman were jumped by gangs as they tried to fan out to locations with higher quality shit.

The State of Louisiana was derelict in its responsibility, the city of New Orleans was derelict as well. City, state and federal officials saw this coming YEARS AGO as many as 35 years! This worst case scenario played out in the minds of public officials as early as LAST YEAR they had a freaken exercise on just such a disaster. They fucked around and ignored the inevitable.
This is why if I see more stupid posts about the Bush administration being at fault because $5 million more would have fixed this problem is pure idiocy.

I’m not going to get into looting vs finding, because the network cameras are pointed at the black folks. I can hear millions of white people saying I’m glad we are far away from those crazy niggers.
“See that’s what you git when you are on da welfare and having all those babies” “look at en lootn’ like animals”.
Yep B, I’m not in that situation, I have a good job, I’m ok, but there are way too many white folks that don’t see a damm bit of difference between the black folks you see on TV and myself.
A nigger is a nigger to them. Other black folks may turn their heads and try to ignore but we are all affected by the images.
So frankly I’m not concerned by the images of white people. Are the comparisons fair? Of course not. But that is the world we are in. When black folks gain control of the airwaves they we can work on perception.

1.9.05  
Blogger Snoop said...

Yes B I saw the same quiz and it was played out on several news and blog sites.

I understand the thing about looking for food. What set me off was the pictures of black law enforcement personnel openly participating in the “looting”. Now about the difference between “looting” and “finding”, was one scene I saw on TV where these people were in a Walmart smiling and having a good ole time, taking TV’s, Video Games, other electronic gadgets, several pairs of shoes, toys. These folks were smiling acting as if they were gettin’ over on “the man,”
They were not worried about their safety, they were not taking advantage of the time they had to get the hell out of the city they were fucking around trying to grab as much useless shit as possible.
In addition these idiots shooting at helicopters, one policeman was shot in the face, several other policeman were jumped by gangs as they tried to fan out to locations with higher quality shit.

The State of Louisiana was derelict in its responsibility, the city of New Orleans was derelict as well. City, state and federal officials saw this coming YEARS AGO as many as 35 years! This worst case scenario played out in the minds of public officials as early as LAST YEAR they had a freaken exercise on just such a disaster. They fucked around and ignored the inevitable.
This is why if I see more stupid posts about the Bush administration being at fault because $5 million more would have fixed this problem is pure idiocy.

I’m not going to get into looting vs finding, because the network cameras are pointed at the black folks. I can hear millions of white people saying I’m glad we are far away from those crazy niggers.
“See that’s what you git when you are on da welfare and having all those babies” “look at en lootn’ like animals”.
Yep B, I’m not in that situation, I have a good job, I’m ok, but there are way too many white folks that don’t see a damm bit of difference between the black folks you see on TV and myself.
A nigger is a nigger to them. Other black folks may turn their heads and try to ignore but we are all affected by the images.
So frankly I’m not concerned by the images of white people. Are the comparisons fair? Of course not. But that is the world we are in. When black folks gain control of the airwaves then we can work on perception.

1.9.05  
Anonymous Terry Mum said...

Le Miserable pointed out that stealing to live is different (morally if not legally) then just plain being a thief. If the stores are all closed/abandoned, and you got no food but they do, take it and God Bless you. I might even give the same blessing for clothing - if it's needed (you don't need a fur coat or prom dress in flood conditions)... BUT if you are hauling off TV's guns, etc. you are not doing it to survive/live. You are a plain old fashioned thief (and a pretty stupid one at that - your pictures are being taken for future prosecution AND where you going to stash/hide/use your loot?). And in this situation, I hope you get snake bit or shot. Let's hope the gene pool erradication karma is working down in the Big Easy. Makes me so sad. I loved that town...

1.9.05  
Anonymous mitzibel said...

Don't worry, TerryMum, the water that they're carting those TV's through is a toxic stew of sewage, corpses, and petrochemical pollution. Have you seen the pretty rainbows spreading across the water in the TV coverage helicopter shots? So much as an ingrown toenail and they're setting themselves up for festering skankiness the likes of which hasn't been seen since Becky Barry started AA. . . .

2.9.05  
Blogger MALIBU JONES said...

The shit down there is ridulous, I liked that town too, damn

2.9.05  

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