Racist Commentary On Hurricane Katrina
Steve Sailer, whom I didn’t much care for in the first place, wrote a nasty, offensive, & racist column about what happened in New Orleans that contained the two following quotes among others:
“What you won’t hear, except from me, is that “Let the good times roll” is an especially risky message for African-Americans. The plain fact is that they tend to possess poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups. Thus they need stricter moral guidance from society.”
“In contrast to New Orleans, there was only minimal looting after the horrendous 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan—because, when you get down to it, Japanese aren’t blacks.”
After reading this bigoted garbage, I’m not going to waste a lot of time on Sailer or Vdare (where this was published), beyond saying that I think this is disgusting, ridiculous, & beyond the pale.
As to Sailer’s assertion, that there’s something wrong with blacks that led to looting and violence in New Orleans, that’s complete crap.
Any time you have a situation where the police refuse to enforce order, where they walk off the job, where they themselves loot, where they stand by and watch as stores are looted, you’re going to see increasing theft, violence, & anarchy until order is restored. It doesn’t have anything to do with color, it has to do with human nature.
The reality is that there were relatively few people in New Orleans after Katrina hit who were out roaming the streets looking for prey and loot. Unfortunately, that 1,2,3% of a population can do a disproportionate amount of damage when the police give them a free pass to commit mayhem — and that’s exactly what happened in New Orleans.
To smear the overwhelming majority of people in New Orleans by lumping them with the thugs and punks based on the color on their skin is disgraceful. Criticism based on behavior is fine. Criticism based on skin color is not.