Race is Not the Problem

Story: Black Leaders Angry About Response

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Ok.

I didn’t even know that it WAS mostly black people in New Orleans until I read that story. In fact, I was fairly convinced that New Orleans was made up of slutty blonde girls who flash you from their balcony. So it came as a relative surprise when I read that Black Leaders were angry.

Angry at who? White Leaders?

You think there’s someone in the country that DOESN’T want to help the people in New Orleans? Are you kidding me?

Yes, it’s terrible that the response has been as slow as it is. I’m thinking from a logistical point of view… how do you evacuate 100,000 people when you can’t use vehicles? And equipment and supplies don’t just appear somewhere, using our “transporter” system from Star Trek. A bunch of people have to locate, acquire, and transport supplies and people on the ground.

You try mobilizing 40,000 people and coordinating 10 million tons of food and water. I’ve done enough project management that I know I wouldn’t want to have to figure it out.

Yes, it’s slow, and that’s because the Federal government is an inefficient, beauracratic bunch of chuckleheads. But that would be true regardless of the race of the affected people.

You don’t think there were international people or black people in New York on 9/11? You don’t think the people in Asia were Asian? Duh. We send billions in aid to Africa every year. Aren’t a lot of the people there… um… black?

My point is this. New Orleans is a tragedy. Lots of decent people (and some that aren’t) have died, and many more are sick, homeless, and hungry. It sucks. No doubt about it. But to bring race into this conversation is despicable.

If there was a tragedy in, say…. Iowa, and suddenly we needed to take care of 100,000 displaced white Iowa farmers, I doubt it would be much quicker than the response here. And I guarantee… yes, guarantee, that “White Leaders” will not be angry about the response of Black Leaders. That’s because it’s ridiculous to think that there’s any connection.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. No living black person was ever a slave, nor was his/her parents. No living white person had a slave, nor did his/her parents. Many of the white people in the country didn’t even ARRIVE here until after slavery was abolished.

It was 150 years ago. Get The Flip Over It.

“But Incredipete, there are implications that still exist today!”

First of all. Give me a freaking break. You’re nuts. Ok, second, fine… let’s say that there is still a lag in black people working in higher level jobs. Now, let’s talk about this. Asian, Russian, German, Japanese, ETC ETC come to America barely speaking English, and 2 years later have figured out how to succeed. Are you gonna tell me that blacks are singled out MORE than those groups? Are you gonna tell me that even though the blacks have had a 50 year head start on them, a higher percentage of Asians are successful than blacks in America? Many of the white people in America came here destitute, with no skills aside from potato farming.

This sounds more to me like a difference in attitude and culture than it does like discrimination. No one gets a handout. Not in my world. Affirmative Action is a handout. It’s wrong, and it perpetuates an attitude of “you owe me.” I don’t know if I’d call it reverse discrimination, but it’s definitely wrong.

All you have to do to end discrimination is to get off your butt and do something valuable. Just ask the black people I call friends… not one of them feels discriminated against. They worked hard, they succeeded.

No one gets a free ride. If you didn’t pay your dues, get your education, prove you could work hard and do whatever it takes, you don’t deserve to have jack squat, no matter what race you are. Reward should not come without merit.

Race is not a factor in sending aid to New Orleans. New Orleans is just one more opportunity for black leaders to get on their soapbox and beat the same drum that perpetuates discrimination in America. Discrimination exists because black leaders insist on being “different.” It seems no one sees them as different but themselves.

Incredipete

  19 comments for “Race is Not the Problem

  1. syn_ack89
    September 2, 2005 at 5:15 pm

    I would like to know how long it usually takes to react to a hurricane – we should have lots of stats somewhere considering all the hurricanes in the last 10-20 years. How about you whip up an analysis of that data? 🙂

  2. September 3, 2005 at 10:28 am

    potato farming??

    YOU HATE THE IRISH!!

    Goddamn racisit!

    I kid because I care.

    I agree though. I think all sensitivity traing should include a forced watching of “Blazing Saddles”

  3. September 3, 2005 at 12:27 pm

    Awesome rant, dahling! … but “chuckleheads” caused something of an unseemly outburst of giggling here.

  4. September 4, 2005 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Incredipete, I haven’t been about much, but what a post to come back on!
    I think you seem to be along the same lines as me, in that I can’t understand why so many people look back to history to support how they feel are treated today, as justification for their right to cry discrimination. Our coverage over here of the Katrina aftermath has been generous, but the whites you see are more worried about friends, their homes and jobs, and the blacks about how slow they’re being rescued. Why? Because us pasty-skinned bastards haven’t got that glorious past of suffering to put us squarely into the spotlight and use to prop up our sense of being passed over or missed out again.
    I wouldn’t want to sort out the logistics of helping all those people, and a few of them ought to consider that too, although they haven’t seen the satellite photos, and wouldn’t admit to the scale of the problem if they had…….

  5. September 6, 2005 at 1:04 pm

    I love the responses of “It took too long”. As you mentioned, short of using our Star Trek transporters, how are you supposed to move heavy equipment and supplies when there are no roads and not enough water to bring in the big boats? I don’t think they’ve invented a helicopter big enough to lift a city. That would be cool though…

    And…for those who didn’t evacuate. Imagine if the Army/Govt,/whomever came in and had to somewhat forceably remove them. Then, imagine if the storm had fizzled and didn’t happen. Imagine the uproar over that. Big Bad Army came in and displaced people. Hell, even if they’d forceably evacuated, and the storm hit like it did, people would be pissed about it. It’s sad to say, but you really can’t please anybody. ugh…

  6. MyraMains
    September 6, 2005 at 2:07 pm

    My heart wrenches at every sight and sound of suffering from the affected people. The only thing more gut-wrenching is the thought that there are people who actually believe we would purposely sit back and watch them die.

  7. September 6, 2005 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the redirect info. And watch me get up on my soapbox and yell that its mostly the black people who are doing the looting and such. Whose a racist now?!!! I guess that would be me. How unfair a label.

  8. September 6, 2005 at 3:20 pm

    LOL

  9. September 6, 2005 at 3:36 pm

    Unfortunately, the majority of the people who did not heed the warnings and/or could not leave New Orleans happened to be black, so it made it easy for “leaders” to point the finger at a racist conspiracy. I’m sure the government would like to turn an already crime ridden city into a more desolate situation. Because that would make complete sense.

  10. September 7, 2005 at 5:42 am

    The problem here is why must our government always “react?” They were claiming and predicting exactly what happened to New Orleans since the Wednesday before the hurricane actually hit. It would have crushed the government to begin loading all that food and water I saw on those army trucks that finally made it into the city before the storm actually hit?

    That’s the problem in the US; we never actually have ANY disaster preparedness. After 9/11 the government strategically placed 9 caches of emergency response vehicles and equipment around the country, yet we watched news reporters over and over talk about how there was a severe lack of people and equipment to fight fires or rescue people. None of those caches was activated or made available.

    There are 48 states in the US, why did it have to take a federal order from the President, which did not come until the Friday after until 44 of those states sent their Air national guard to help rescue efforts?

    I recently spoke to somone from the netherlands whose entire western side of the country also resides below sea level. They don’t even get hurricanes there and they have a reaction plan that dwarfs the one in New Orleans which, incidentally, was non existant. Oh, and lets not forget that the Federal and state governments have been cutting funds for levee upgrades from their budgets for 20 years.

    TO me, it’s not so much a matter of race as a matter of class. All the ‘middle class’ people and above had a way and a means to leave the city. Their neighborhoods are nowhere neare the levees, and their houses weren’t completely submerged. The weekend before the storm were the bus tickets out of town free? how about the trains? the planes? If your city is below sea level and a catagory 4 hurricane is bearing down on it, that’s a hell of a time to realize that there is no plan for something like this.

  11. September 7, 2005 at 8:31 am

    Um, actually Wombat-dahling there WAS free transportation available before the hurricane hit.

  12. September 9, 2005 at 7:24 am

    I think some of this blame that’s being passed around belongs to Mayor Nagin. Isn’t it up to the CITY to have an evacuation plan in place? Or does Bush have to hold their hands and babysit them? What about the fleet of school busses that were left to be flooded; why weren’t they used to help evacuate the people who didn’t have the means to do so themselves? Is that Bush’s fault, also?

  13. September 9, 2005 at 8:52 am

    Maybe if the mayor was white he would have thought of that.

    Oooh.. SNAP!

    You realize, of course, that I’m kidding.

  14. Pork Tornado
    September 9, 2005 at 9:17 am

    You know what would have been really strange and revolutionary? Okay…stay with me here- this is going to be hard to follow:If people of any and all races were to embrace the values on which this country exists (and thrives) and take “personal responsibility” for their own well being instead of sitting aorund waiting for someone else to do it. Of course, if they had that attitude, they wouldn’t be poor… This guy said it much better than I ever could- the state of affairs among the victims is caused by a mindset that comes from being given things instead of earning them-
    http://www.intellectualactivist.com/php-bin/news/showArticle.php?id=1026

  15. Pork Tornado
    September 9, 2005 at 9:19 am

    Oh, and warcry? If you had been paying attention the past five years, you’d know that every instance of human suffering of any kind is the fault of one person- George W. Bush. Jeez- dontcha’ know ANYTHING?

  16. September 9, 2005 at 9:46 am

    LMAO. Well said, D.

  17. September 10, 2005 at 8:22 am

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  18. September 10, 2005 at 8:44 am

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  19. September 10, 2005 at 8:45 am

    Oh fuck it.

    Yer pissing me off, Incredipete…;)

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