What the black guy loots and the white couple finds.

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  1. I have to admit, I joined in with Kanye West & Co. in my outrage against perceived racial bias by the press.

    For those who missed this trivial matter that blew up into what some people saw as the ultimate expression of subtle racism in America, here's the lowdown on the AP photos that were supposedly biased towards whites.

    Now, I noticed that they've amended the article, and I'm not sure it's getting the right coverage, so I'm posting it here:

    So there we have it: the black guy was looting and the white guys (part of a mixed-race group, actually) were finding.

    I, for one, apologise for being so quick to rush to conclusions.

    Who has any other thoughts on this?
  2. I'm not sure about racial bias in the reporting, post Katrina, but I imagine some will inevitably say that this is the 'Uncle Tom's' take on the way things are. This by Leighton Levy... He's black, by the way.

    The dark side of black people

    LET ME START by saying that if I had my life to live over a thousand times, the one thing I would not change would be my race. I am proud to be a black man. There are times however, when I wish that certain people and I did not share that trait.

    For the past few days, the whole world ... well, at least those who have access to satellite and cable television, have been seeing pictures of the virtually total devastation of the cities of the U.S. Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina. An estimated 90 per cent of homes in New Orleans have been destroyed by flood waters and more than 100 people have been confirmed dead.

    We see people standing on the roofs of their submerged homes desperate to be rescued, others being airlifted to safety, and we have heard tear-jerking stories of families losing their loved ones. But in all of this, we have also seen the really dark side of black people.

    The day after the hurricane passed, there were reports of looting but network reporters had been saying that people were looting out of desperation, in search of food and water. A lot they knew.

    The pictures I have been seeing are of people - black people - stealing shoes, diapers, and television sets. Not food and definitely not water. Not unless the armfuls of clothing, shoes, and appliances I see people wading through the streets with count as food and water.

    Now, if all the looters were looting out of desperation, how desperate were the guy and girls I saw toting several boxes of size 13 Nikes? How desperate was the fellow with the stack of diapers? What, is it that he has several babies at home suffering from loose bowels? What am I talking about, what home? Everything is under water and what isn't, has been totally destroyed.

    Plasma TV?

    And just what are those guys stealing the plasma television sets going to be watching when there is no power in the entire city?

    Desperation? Yeah, right. I am beginning to believe that black people, no matter where in the world they are, are cursed with a genetic predisposition to steal, murder, and create mayhem.

    The entire firearm department at a Wal-Mart department store, for example, was cleaned out and the looters used the stolen weapons to rob people. How low is that? Everybody is suffering and the black people would seek to rob people who are suffering just like themselves.

    No white looters?

    And it has nothing to do with poverty. Where are the white people in all this? I am sure there are poor white people living in New Orleans, Biloxi and the other towns affected by what has been going on. Is it that the media are not showing pictures of them looting and robbing? Or is it that they are too busy trying to stay alive, waiting to be rescued, and hiding from the blacks.

    And you know what? Even if the poor whites were looting and robbing, wouldn't it be nice if the blacks could have made them the only ones doing it

    Just once, I would like for us blacks to take the high road in situations like this, where instead of showing our darkest side, we put our best foot forward. But I guess that would be too much to ask, too much of a case of wishful thinking.


    To me this sounds more like the sighted man in the country of the blind, not an Uncle Tom; but then I expect some will disagree.
  3. RE: the racist pictures, did it ever occur to anyone that perhpas the photographer 'saw' the black woman looting and 'saw' the white couple stumble across the bread at the shop? {EDITEDT to add, the article backs that assertion up. The photographer witnessed the looters}

    It really gets on my tits when all these moral civil rights people get on their high horse. It's got FOOK all to do with "W's"' percieved hatred of blacks. The reason so many black people found themselves in this situation is that there were far more of them in New Orleans compared to any other group, and logically they are more likely to find themselves in this situation.
  4. chimera

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  5. Goatman

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    ah people.....aren't they great.......did you check this comment on the zippyvideo site , from some Good ol Southern Boy ?

    You know what's going to be the most precious commodity in the three US states most badly hit ? A sense of humour!

    I raise my glass to all those trying to salvage their lives.

    Lee Shaver
  6. I think this is a very well put article.
  7. It went down like a fart in a spacesuit over at u75. :roll:

    They tried to call the guy a racist homophobe from a staunch far right website. :D