The Continuing Salience of Race in America
by Ben P, Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 06:25:48 PM EDT
While I should be careful to say that I don't think Bush and all the others so up-in-arms about looting are "racist" in a blatant, "era of Jim Crow," Dixiecrat way. But I think there is a powerful, subtle undercurrent of racism that is swirling around much of this whole situation, and in some right wing circles, its fully out in the open. Just go over to freerepublic and do a little reading.
I really don't know what the upshot of this politically is going to be. There is going to be significant consequences, and not just on this issue. However, I am willing to bet that any effort of the GOP to reach out to black voters has more or less been destroyed along with New Orleans as a result of this.
I definetly don't think there is a deliberate genocide going on. Definetly not. But I think a large number of African Americans are going to interpret events this way.
At the very least, people who don't think that race is not playing a significant role in what is going on are frankly out to lunch.