|Eight years after Katrina hit New Orleans, the eye of the black violence storm remains over the city|
He blamed President George Bush for the behavior of those black people the entire world was watching on their television sets (already wards of the state, subsisting on a combination of EBT/Food Stamps, welfare and living in either public housing/or Section 8 Vouchers) [Jesse Jackson lashes out at Bush over Katrina response, Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2005]:
Racism is partly to blame for the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, calling President Bush's response to the disaster "incompetent."
"Today, as the President comes to Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi for his ceremonial trip to look at the victims of the devastation, he would do well to have a plan more significant than a ceremonial tour," Jackson said Friday. "His whole response is unacceptable."
Bush has acknowledged that the federal response has not been acceptable, but promised that the government would get supplies to survivors and crack down on violence in New Orleans.
Jackson questioned why Bush has not named blacks to top positions in the federal response to the disaster, particularly when the majority of victims remaining stranded in New Orleans are black: "How can blacks be locked out of the leadership, and trapped in the suffering?"
The civil rights leader said the flooding that caused thousands to be trapped inside the city was caused by a lack of federal funding for its levee system and hurricane planning. The resulting tragedy, he said, has largely hit New Orleans' black residents, because they were too poor to evacuate before the storm hit.
"There's a historical indifference to the pain of poor people and black people" in this country, he said.
The good reverend said the "media" has 'criminalized the people of New Orleans by focusing on violence in the city, though it would be fun to point out what Lou Dobbs, then with CNN, said eight years ago today in response to Rev. Jackson on his Lou Dobbs Tonight program:
Jackson also said the news media has "criminalized the people of New Orleans" by focusing on violence in the city.
It is also important, because Reverend Jesse Jackson, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP have injected a straightforward and dramatic and perhaps even truthful charge that much of the failure here is because of race.
But we should put in context, it seems to me also, that the city of New Orleans is 70 percent black. Its mayor is black. Its principal power structure is black. And if there is a failure to the black Americans who live in poverty and in the city of New Orleans, those officials have to bear much of the responsibility.
Sadly, outside of this one episode, the media doesn't do a good enough job of highlighting the black violence in New Orleans, regardless of it transpires during a natural disaster or the unnatural disaster of an entire government, academia, and public remain completely silent about the black role in undermining civilization. [In Big Easy, slow headway against crime: More murders are being solved and convictions won. But concerned residents wonder if the city can sustain inroads in the face of rampant violence., Christian Science Monitor, August 7, 2007]:
In the two years since hurricane Katrina soaked the Big Easy, the murder rate has soared, and street justice has prevailed over the notoriously ineffective halls of justice.
"We're in a brave new world here. It's the wild, wild West, and a circumstance that very, very few cities have ever been through," says Stella Baty Landis, an anticrime activist and owner of Sound Cafe in the Marigny neighborhood. "Right now we have some very positive developments happening, but it's unclear whether we'll be in a position to sustain them."
The picture from the "Sliver on the River" still looks grim. This year the city's murder rate is on track to top 100 for every 100,000 residents, more than 11 times the national average. The latest crime wave mirrors the dark days of the late 1980s' crack epidemic and marks New Orleans as the city with the sharpest spike in violent crimes in the US over the past year. A murder suspect in nearby Houston is five times more likely to get caught and be put on trial than one in New Orleans.
The roots of the crime wave can be linked to both social and institutional breakdowns that worsened after, but were not necessarily created by, the storm, says Jim Bernazzani, FBI Special Agent in Charge for New Orleans.
"This [criminal] segment of society, primarily African-American males, are products of an education system that didn't educate, a state judicial system that failed to mete out consequence for criminal activity, and an economic landscape devoid of meaningful jobs," says Mr. Bernazzani.No Special Agent Bernazzani, it has nothing to do with the education system, the judicial system, or the economic landscape -- it has everything to do with black people.
Say it with me again: black people, who collectively can't replicate the academic standards set by whites; black people who stress out an overworked judicial system and intimidate witnesses from testifying against them; and black people who devastate any private investment in their neighborhood through ungodly rates of criminality.
It's not the Klan killing black children in New Orleans; it's not Hurricane Katrina killing blacks in New Orleans; it's black people [Several gunmen suspected in triple shooting on General Ogden Street that left 11-year-old girl dead, NOLA.com, 9-2-13]:
An 11-year-old girl is dead, and her 11-year-old cousin and a man wounded in New Orleans early Monday in the latest shooting in the city, according to neighbors and the New Orleans police.
Several gunmen opened fire outside a home in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street around 12:15 a.m., according to police. The 11-year-old girl, who was inside the house, was shot multiple times, once in the head, and died of her wounds about 5:10 a.m. at a nearby hospital, police said.
Nearby, Alicia Ellis, 23, said she'd heard Raven and friends "playing right out here, for the longest," pointing to a thin strip of grass alongside her home, a few houses away from the scene of the shooting.
"Everyone knows this here is a block of children, everyone," Ellis said. "Why they come here, shoot here when they know, they know it's a block of children? It's not safe to play no more."
At the scene Monday morning, there was a hole in the front door's glass and a red horizontal marking stood out against the door's white paint. And signs of children's play were ever-present -- white chalk scribbles on the front sidewalk, a child-size, discarded Hawaiian Punch, and scattered Tootsie Frooties wrappers.It was the second slaying of a child in New Orleans in five days. On Thursday night, 1-year-old Londyn Samuels was shot and killed in the arms of her babysitter near the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Saratoga Street. The 18-year-old babysitter was reported in stable condition.
Speaking of the Monday triple shooting, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas called it "unconscionable."
"This is a case of unconscionable, reckless violence, which has devastated yet another New Orleans family, who must now make funeral arrangements for one of its children," Serpas said. "And this child's cousin must now try to heal both physically and emotionally after suffering gunshot wounds at the young age of 11.
Some have tried to claim New Orleans is the most African city on the North American continent, though these Afro-enthusiasts fail to recall the city only recently (in the mid-1970s) became a majority black city -- all because the levels of black crime became intolerable for European civilization to be maintained without the police resorting to extreme levels of brutality that were immediately labeled racist.
The Felony Action Squad (FAS)... too little, too late.
That the black civilization demographically dominant in New Orleans has such a callous disregard for young life does offer exacting proof that the Crescent City is the most African city in North America, but we already knew that after blacks behaved like Africans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Quiet though -- we don't want to alert Rev. Jackson to more examples of barbaric black behavior...
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