#ThrowbackThursday: Hurricane Katrina Looting in 2005

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.

Hurricane Katrina

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.

Enough said!

Victim Blaming

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.

Hurricane Katrina

Seriously?

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.

He sucks!

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?

 

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Ask Dangerous Lee – How do you tell someone you have an STD?

STD

Q: How do you tell someone that you have an STD?

Three Girls and a Mic

A: First, if you have an STD please seek medical help. Some STDs are curable and others are treatable. If you’re walking around with a curable STD, something is definitely wrong with you and you don’t deserve to have sex.

Telling a partner that you have an sexually transmitted disease is not an easy thing to do, but before you participate in any type of sexual act you MUST tell the person or people you plan to be intimate with. If you don’t inform your partner(s) and you infect them you could spend some time in jail. The law on this varies from place to place. However, regardless of possible jail time it is your responsibility as a decent human being to inform your possible sex partners about your STD status.

How to do it is to pick the right place and time. Don’t blurt it out during a first date unless the topic of sex comes up in conversation. I think it would be better to discuss any topics about sex in private face to face conversation. You stand a large chance of not becoming intimate with the person because of your STD status, but at least you are honest and your karma is in place.

It’s also a good idea to educate yourself on the STD that you’re infected with because your partner may have questions, such as, “If we have protected sex is there a high risk that I will be infected?”.  Don’t you want to know the answer?

Finally, while you’re being honest, be sure to ask your partner if they have or have ever had a sexually transmitted disease. Asking first and getting their reaction may also be a great way to break the ice about your own STD status.

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Ask Dangerous Lee – Would you have sex on a first date?

Q: Would you have sex on a first date?

Charles E.

Flint, MI

A: I never have, but that’s not to say that I never would. I think sex on the first date is okay as long as the people having sex are mature, honest, and have discussed what type of relationship they want to have after the initial sexcapade is over. So if I do have sex with someone on a first date that doesn’t mean that I would have sex on a first date with every man. Some people click sexually right off the bat, others do not. I also hope that before the first date that they have taken the time to get to know each other by having intimate conversations and spending time with each other casually.

In my opinion, the most important thing is that people are having safe sex. We are sexual beings and having sex is normal, contrary to some beliefs. However, there are many bad things that can come from good sex, such as, unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.

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OOSA Online Book Club Reviews Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down

Dangerous Lee’s “Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down” is a serious REAL TALK novel about sex millennium style! This is a very unusual novel that entails short tales about practicing safe sex. My favorite tale is ‘Safe Sex Kit,’ which involved two smart lovers and their incredible little sexual escapade. I found this novel very educational and is definitely a must read for all sexually active readers. I would have liked more facts about HIV/AIDS, true stories from HIV/AIDS infected people, and more graphic photographs about the importance of this disease. Overall, I still enjoyed the short stories and will continue to look for more from Dangerous Lee in the future.

Reviewed by: Tekisha

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