Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Katrina's Hidden Race War? Not Exactly
Katrina's Hidden Race War. From The Nation.
Their thesis is white vigilante's used Katrina as an excuse to gun down whatever black people they saw.
Hands down the best local reaction: "I can't believe Nossiter didn't write this." Worth a read. Lots of horrifying shit happened after Katrina. It was a breakdown in civilization. One of the more interesting stories Dambala recounts: "I've got interviews with people on Dumaine Street who told me of a band of men (African-American) with guns, a police officer included, who were systematically hunting down drug dealers and thugs in their neighborhood and killing them."
Unbelievable attrocities happened in the aftermath of Katrina that will never fully be explored.
For more, here's NOLA Slate's firsthand account of riding out Katrina's aftermath in Algiers Point.
More local reactions: Allowed to Live: "if Alexander and Collins left Algiers Point and told their friends not to set foot in the area, they'd be allowed to live."
Jackass could have stayed in Chicago and learned the real "meaning" of the N-word just fine. The sentiments expressed in this story could have been expressed by any one of a hundred people I've talked to in my years living here. This isn't about the South. This is about America, as it always has been, as we keep saying here: Our fate is your fate, and it was, and it is. Our own."
Mark Folse put it best: "I Hate Illinois Nazis.
My 2 cents: if you want to know what a race war looks like, look up the past or look up what's going on in your own neighborhood before looking down your nose at New Orleans.
UPDATE- Reserve 5 minutes of your time to read Varg's comments.