I wrote the following in September of 2005 for my Ask Dangerous Lee column.
It is eerily relevant today and sadly it will be 50 years from now.
#ThrowbackThursday: Hurricane Katrina Looting in 2005
I don’t feel like doing the usual Q & A in this issue. I want to talk about the racial drama surrounding Hurricane Katrina relief and some of the vapid ass comments that are spewing from people’s mouths or have ended up on “paper”.
We’ve all heard of the articles that state Black people are “looting” and that White people are “finding” food, as if there’s some sort of Hide-n-Seek game with food only for White people that exists.
This is blatant racism and so ridiculous that I’m having a hard time getting into it deeply.
But I’ll give it a shot.
Everyone, Black, White, and otherwise was looting. In order to survive they had to steal food and water. Of course the people looting televisions were taking it a bit too far,but we all know this part of the looting ritual. These people are poor. That’s the bigger issue.
I’m also sick of hearing people say, “Why didn’t they leave when they had a chance?”
Hello! Not everyone has somewhere else safe to go. I’m sure the places that they could flee to were also affected by Katrina and many of them didn’t have cars or gas money to flee long distance.
I’m also sure that most of them were not psychic. They didn’t see this coming.
One more thing: Stop calling them refugees. That’s ugly and incorrect. I looked the word up for clarity and it just doesn’t fit. They’re survivors.
One of the stars of my favorite TV shows, Nip Tuck, Kelly Carlson (Kimber) thinks Kanye West was out of line with his “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.”, comment during a Hurricane Katrina telethon.
Kelly states, “I don’t think a lot of people this day and age dislike black people. I mean I think we’ve kind of moved on from that. So, to go on television and say that, I think it’s tacky, I think it’s very low rent.”
It never ceases to amaze me when a White person has an opinion on racism. She probably doesn’t have any close relationships with anyone of color, let alone someone Black and if she does they’re probably in the sunken place (see Get Out) so how in the hell would she know what Black people or any other ethnic group has had to or is currently dealing with.
She is privileged in almost every sense of the word. She’s White. She’s blonde. She’s an actress in Hollywood.
Okay, yes she has one “negative” that affirmative action would rescue her from, she’s a woman, but she’s also stupid.
Newsflash for the Uninformed: White people do hate Black people.
For instance, has she not heard of the KKK? It must be nice to be a sheltered princess and oblivious to what other people are going through in the world.
I mean, what kind of bubble are you living under? What community are you living in?
When we move on from racism in America or worldwide give me a call.
Note: I won’t be sitting by the phone. I know better. When I’m dead my daughter and her children will be dealing with racism in some form. As long as racist people procreate and there’s a system that supports their brand of ignorance and hate there will be racism on planet earth!
We’re not supposed to move on from racism. Racism is America’s baby.
Lastly, here are the baffling words of CNN reporter Wolf Blitzer:
“You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals…many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so Black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold.”
So Black? Say What!
Am I too Black to understand? Is he too White to relate? This whole ordeal is just exhausting and the racial overtones take away from the fact that people need help.
What exactly is he saying here? He definitely needs to think before he speaks on live television. (Oh wait, he’s a White man. He can say what he wants because nobody will check him.)
But hey, I’m just a poor Black woman who is also a single mother. I’m so stereotypical.