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Looting & Finding: Racism in America?

Posted by Rick · September 5th, 2005 · 1 Comment

There’s been some talk — I don’t know how much, because, frankly, I haven’t had time to do a lot of news- or blog-reading lately — about the possibility that the Bush Administration moved so slowly to help those stranded in New Orleans because they were black. Nancy Giles stated this most forcefully on Sunday, “What If They Were White?”

Now, perhaps it’s just the natural prejudice I’ve developed as I’ve watched the Bush Administration continually work on slashing taxes for the Rich, but I do tend to believe what is said about that. As far as I can tell, the Bush Administration not only systematically abuses the Poor, but actively works to make more of them. After all, the more desparate people there are, the more people there are to exploit.

In my opinion, it’s no accident that our economy is being decimated. I believe it’s a deliberate move to ensure that one day, American labor will be as cheap as the other Third-World nations we’re coming to resemble.

Look around you and ask yourself how best to increase the ranks of the Poor than to constantly sap the strength of the average household pocketbook than by dramatically increasing the price of the one commodity we can’t do without: Gasoline. Plus, increasing the cost of gas is guaranteed to have a ripple effect on the rest of goods — all of which must be transported, and, thus, require the use of expensive gasoline.

Who better to shepherd this process than the Bush Administration — home of the oilmen who work tightly and secretly with the heads of America’s oil companies?

But I digress.

What inspired today’s blog entry was running across some discussion of the way the Press has been captioning photographs coming out of New Orleans. As a Salon story points out, whether your are black or white determines whether you are a looter or a “finder.”

Black folk are looters; white folk are finders.

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  • 1 Sometimes A Racist Is Just A Cigar // Sep 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

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