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.