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.
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 stupid ass comments that have spewed 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. This is so racist and ridiculous that I don’t even need to go into it deeply.
Everyone, Black and White 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 I was not there so I cannot speak on what must have been going through their minds.
Perhaps the easy answer is: They lost everything and they wanted to get it all back.
I’m also sick of hearing people say, “Why didn’t they leave when they had a chance?”
Hello! Most of these people are dirt poor. 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, 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 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.
To be more exact she’s ignorant.
In this day and age people do dislike and in fact 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 rock 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 there will be racism on planet earth!
Speaking of Kanye, who I cannot stand at all. He pissed me off for the last time when I watched him shine his pimp daddy shoes non stop during a post MTV Awards interview.
Anyway, he wasn’t lying about Bush but to say it on a telethon for Katrina relief was in bad taste. That I agree with. Though I’m sure Bush does care about the lost Black people that are Republicans.
Excuse me while I vomit.
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!
What exactly is he saying here? He definitely needs to think before he speaks. 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.
Who gives a damn what color they are? Sure race is an issue, unfortunately, in just about everything in life, but it needs to be the back story here but instead it’s the main focus.
Something simple that many of these people can do is watch the movie Crash. It’s out on DVD now and I think it’s the perfect film to watch that deals with present day racism. Then again, ignorance is bliss and some people are happy to stay there.
I’m just a poor Black woman who is also a single mother. So stereotypical. Who am I to change them?