Last week I posted about the SoCal fires, and how the response time varied (considerably) in comparison to Hurricane Katrina (if you feel up to it you can read it here). Some people agreed with me…some didn’t. This was exactly what I had expected.
Yesterday I finally got around to cleaning up my spam comments and I came across one in particular that I took offense to. It read:
Mr. Roach Says:
October 27th, 2007 at 12:50 pm
This is a stupid post. New Orlenas problems were a consequence of its corrupt, lazy, criminal people (8X national murder rate 12 X violent crime rate). No government can easily govern such trash.
Before I start this I should let you (and everyone else) know a little about this blog. It was created for one purpose: to say what’s on my mind. Period. I am not a professional writer and I do not aspire to become one. If you want big-ass words and sugar-coated misinformation, CNN is thataway ——->.
I visited your site afterwards and I must say – you’re a pretty intelligent brother (which I will assume you are based on your “Amazon Wish List” page) – but it pains me to even think that you would ever in your life put yourself above another person because of your “educational background”, or because you want to impress the other Uncle Toms you play the back nine with (and if your defense to that statement happens to involve the word “stereotype” then save it, because your response would be pure hypocrisy).
This has far more to do with classism than than anything else – and you have proved my point by calling every single victim of Hurricane Katrina a “corrupt, lazy, criminal” person. Yes – the murder rate is high in New Orleans. Yes – the crime rate is high. These statements are facts.
Did that cause the levees to break?
Does that mean people should live in filth in an building that resembles a Third World country?
What concerns me the most about your statement (and even more if you are African-American) is your complete disregard for another human life.
“Oh…a felon are trapped in his house? He deserves it. Fuck him, his mother who has three other kids to take care of, his sister who was about to actually go to college (and be someone like yourself), and his father with the kidney problem who needs treatment every single day.”
Are you not saying this? Are you not saying that everyone in reach of that California fire deserved to see a faster response time in an emergency situation because they’re better than the people in New Orleans? Are you not saying that the people of New Orleans shouldn’t have been saved at all?
Well that’s what you wrote.
You can hide behind your expensive education, your money, your books, or anything else you may consider of more value than a human life. One thing you’ll probably never know is the love that a lot of these so-called “corrupt, lazy, criminal” people show each other, or would be willing to show you in spite of your ignorance and bigotry. I’m not saying everyone in New Orleans is a saint (no pun intended), but no one deserves what those people went through.
By the way…there are just as many corrupt, lazy, criminal people in your field of expertise (law) as there are in the streets, patna.
But you’re a smart guy….I’m sure you knew that.
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