Racist Rednecks Greet Rita Evacuees

Boy this makes me feel a lot safer knowing that the Democrats just bowed down to an avowed racist for the SCOTUS Cheif Justice. Seems like the Republicans have just called open season on killing niggers.

Alex LeBlanc left Beaumont on Thursday to begin a 50-hour bus trip across East Texas. What he experienced, he said, was "like a horror movie."

He couldn't get off the bus to buy food. The drivers were exhausted. And he couldn't go to the bathroom.

"Just had to wait," he said. "I tried to drink as little as I could, but I'm a diabetic. I need a lot of fluids."

As they sat outside on folding chairs, having a smoke, they described seeing people on their front lawns glaring at them with shotguns in hand, and pickup trucks with nooses hanging in back (most of the bus passengers were black).The drivers said whenever they tried to stop to rest or let their passengers use the restroom, town officials had court orders waiting for them to get out of town, an assertion those town officials later denied.

Driver Toni Soularie, 49, said she nearly had a violent confrontation when she pulled into a rest area.

"This officer said he was going to shoot me if I didn't get back on the bus," she said. "At that point I was prepared to let him shoot me. I had this invalid on the bus who was already embarrassed because she urinated all over herself. And I was not going to let her embarrass herself again. We just got off.

"But the officer stayed right there with me - made sure we were going to get back on."

Tela Mange, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety said she was unaware of anybody drawing guns.

"I have not heard about that," she said. "At one point several people got off. One refused to get back on, but we helped her get back on."

Drivers said they carried some food and water with them, but it was quickly exhausted, and for two days, they had almost no other way of getting provisions to their fellow evacuees. What help they did receive was meager.

"In Lufkin they actually gave us hot water," said Cori Williams, Soularie's son, who also is a driver for BISD. "And this is our home state. We shouldn't have to drive all over creation to find some place to sleep."

Soularie said that in Kilgore, they thought about stopping in an empty Wal-Mart parking lot, but again were turned away. The town, drivers said, was one of the roughest portions of their journey.

"When we tried to exit there, cars would actually back up on the ramps and force us to get back on the freeway," Cassandra Francis, a 46-year-old BISD driver, said.

Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt said he didn't know much about the convoy, but echoed DPS's concerns about the need to press on.

"There were 10,000 people moving north at the same time," he said. "If they stopped, everybody might want to get off, and that would create even more delays."

By the time the vehicles got to Tyler, winds and rain were lashing them. The convoy arrived in Canton, the only place Mange said could take them in, about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The buses themselves remain there and Soularie, Francis and Williams, as well as most of the other drivers who accompanied them on the trip, are stranded. They say they don't know when they're going back and haven't heard much news from home, other than the fact that Beaumont is a mess. When they do return, it'll probably be by a different route.

"I don't ever want to go back to some of those towns," Francis' 70-year-old father, Billy Bossette, said.

"Not ever."

Perhaps, Nagin knew what he was doing not send NOLA evacuees out into the boondocks...

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I hear what you are saying loud and clear
but the time to take action was when thousands of African Americans were denied the right to vote in the last presidential election especially in Ohio and Florida. Racism is not just a stain on red necks. Unless one is actively helping minorities get equal rights under the law, one is living in denial.

For the life of me, when I hear Dem types talking about coalitions, I don't understand why they are not talking first to the black community. A progressive/black coalition would be a powerful thing.

by misscee 2005-09-30 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: I hear what you are saying loud and clear
Good point.

But considering the Dems could only muster ONE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR to speak up for the rights of thousands of disenfranchised Black DEMOCRATIC voters yet they happily paraded  TWENTY ONE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS to vote for a justice that will surly curtain rights of Black and women... I am not holding my breath.

by Parker 2005-09-30 10:07AM | 0 recs
corsicana
those buses were driving right through corsicana, where james byrd junior was dragged to death when dumbya was our governor.  

while this report really breaks my heart, i am not suprised.  and thanks to tom effing delay, corsicana is now part of my congressional district.  imagine, i just might have to go down there as a campaign volunteer.  i'm definitely not looking forward to it.

by annatopia 2005-09-30 10:27AM | 0 recs
Re: corsicana
Now that is a frightening thought. Sometimes I wish we could succeed nasty bits from the US.
by Parker 2005-09-30 10:33AM | 0 recs
Re: corsicana
It's Secede, Parker.  If we succeed nasty bits it means we are trying to make them a success.  

Other than that, heart breaking article.  However, Having traveled all around the rural south in TX, LA, MS, AR, FL, AL, and GA, it truly doesn't surprise me.  I've seen a lot of racism in rural Illinois and Indiana... almost more than I have seen in the south.  But in those places it is almost subtle.  Blatant but not aggressive.  In some of the rural south it is still very angry and very violent on both sides of the coin.  I have a cousin in high school in one of the poorer neighborhoods in Jackson... he tries to blend in, but gets the hell beat out of him all the time because he is a white kid.  Meanwhile, I have known blacks in similiar situations that have been beaten up because they are black.  It is a sad state of affairs and unfortunately, the violent hatred and racism seems to happen in the poorer and lesser educated communities.  I always saw this as further proof of the way the elite divide the public to retain power.  Make the poor fight amongst themselves, break the middle class and you have no competition... you break the cylical flow of the middle class turning into the ruling class that has happened throughout a lot of history.  Thus the elite stay in power.  

by yitbos96bb 2005-09-30 11:40AM | 0 recs
Re: corsicana
James Byrd was dragged to death in Jasper, not Corsicana
by v2aggie2 2005-09-30 09:41PM | 0 recs
Re: racism never went away
The racist dems left for the GOP... I for one say Good Riddance.  
by yitbos96bb 2005-09-30 11:41AM | 0 recs
I think the primary reasons for racism are
lack of knowledge and fear.

The leadership of the GOP is TRYING TO FAN THE FLAMES OF RACISM..

They are engineering the Katrina response to screw up.. with the idea of creating some kind of break between middle class and por, black and white..

JUST LIKE OTHER FASCISTS DO...

Don't let them get away with it.. If they do, the poor white folk will be the next to get the shaft...

They are using them, because they are very afraid.. they know they are just hanging on.. if that..

If any of the people I'm describing read this, I recommend you look to see what the GOP is doing to your future..  The real problem isn't aid to poor people, like yourselves.. its the HUGE MILITARY BUDGET THAT MOSTLY GOES TO CORPORATE PORK, NOT SOLDIERS..

The GOP is is the lapdog of the corporate extremists.. People like us died to save America and freedom in wars.. During WWII our presidents grandfather Prescott Bush was HELPING THE NAZIS LAUNDER MONEY..

Hitler had plans drawn up to send Germany's Christians to the concentration camps.. He decimated unions and he destroyed millions of lives and families to feed his death machine from Hell..

Thats what we get by following in his footsteps.. Hell..

Wouldn't you far rather spend some time getting to know your new NEIGHBORS than signing your OWN death warrant in five or six years?

Black people are just like white people.. they have the same dreams, goals and fears..

They just have had it a little harder than white people here in America.. which is what you would expect, given that their ancestors were brought here as slaves.. not as indentured servants...

(who weren't treated that much better than slaves..sometimes even worse)

by ultraworld 2005-09-30 05:54PM | 0 recs
Is there a link?
by v2aggie2 2005-09-30 09:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Is there a link?
I found it.
by v2aggie2 2005-09-30 09:45PM | 0 recs
It started in the 1870's
The redknecks started infultrating the Republican party starting with Grant.  It started with him through the Business wing first taking over the Republican party.  They started infultrated then, because Grant started to leave blacks by appointing a very business friendly Chief justice.  His name was Morrison Waite in 1973.  And the Jim Crow era began then, because the business leaders started to be racist then.  They started to discriminate against blacks by saying in the name of business.  Business men then and Chief Justice Waite allowed discriminating against blacks by saying that since the business owner the resturants and businesses that have the say over who can come on their property and this caused segregation, because these businessmen didn't want blacks on their property.  So, after Grant it continued under Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, and Hoover, and then it went to Nixon and lastly Reagan.  So, the redknecks aren't just poor white people, they are rich businessmen and using poor white people as a way to put black people down.
by mleflo2 2005-10-02 05:24PM | 0 recs
GOP 'ethnic outreach' connection to fascism?
Or the stuff on

tarpley dot net / bushb.htm

by ultraworld 2005-10-02 09:55PM | 0 recs

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