Friday, September 16, 2005

Katrina 100: 008 Louisiana, 2005

So I've listened very patiently to those that argue that the poor response to Katrina wasn't a black thing. That it was a class thing. A poor thing. Not a race thing. And I want to believe that. I really do.

But I know better. A guy like Mark Williams wants to try to make a point about dependency on government, but he couples it with "They didn?t have the necessary brains and common sense to get out of the way of a Cat 5 Hurricane." I don't need to tell you who it is that doesn't have the brains. Tom DeLay chortles at some evacuee kids, condescending, acting a fool, suggesting that he bets hanging out in a football stadium is "kind of fun." We know who he's standing in front of when he says that. When Representative Richard Baker gives God a shout out for finally "clean[ing] up public housing," we don't need to tarry for any length of time to wonder what the people he imagines in public housing look like. Same goes for Robert Tracinski, when he speaks of people "living off stolen wealth"--he's ironically talking about people who were once considered chattel themselves.

And of course, Barbara Bush, giggling like the painted-up society slagheap that she is, marveling at how Katrina "is working out well for them." Of course, to her, the fact that so many of "them" are deciding to stay in Texas is "scary." That's her word, imagining that hurriedly crossing to the other side of the street is going to become Houston's new pastime.

Yeah, don't get me wrong, cracker done got washed off his land too, as Randy Newman might say, and there's no one coming to help those folks out either--but the clear message coming through is that it's the black residents of the greater New Orleans area that are the "short people." As in, got no reason to live.


Anonymous said...

Texas *should* be worried about the evacuees setting up in Houston...there's not enough jobs to go around as it is, and the gravy train ain't gonna last forever.

The Deceiver said...

Gravy train?