Sunday, December 21, 2008

i starred this in the google reader

and i guess i am surprised that it didn't make more noise. then again, i guess i am not.

"Facing an influx of refugees, the residents of Algiers Point could have pulled together food, water and medical supplies for the flood victims. Instead, a group of white residents, convinced that crime would arrive with the human exodus, sought to seal off the area, blocking the roads in and out of the neighborhood by dragging lumber and downed trees into the streets. They stockpiled handguns, assault rifles, shotguns and at least one Uzi and began patrolling the streets in pickup trucks and SUVs. The newly formed militia, a loose band of about fifteen to thirty residents, most of them men, all of them white, was looking for thieves, outlaws or, as one member put it, anyone who simply "didn't belong."

also- think progress


jams o donnell said...

Hmm what lovely people. I hope they don't receive the same "hospitality" if and when they are in the same situation.

Spadoman said...

While on The Longest Walk, we visited the ninth ward in New Orleans. One of the residebts there talked to us and told us that there were armed National Guard troops on bridges and didn't allow blacks to cross, but allowed whites pedestrian passage on the bridge to safety and dry land.

Frank Zappa once said, and the quote may not be his exact words, I ain't black, but sometimes I wish I wasn't white.

Hopefully, most thinking peaceful people know that these people who would shoot another human being don't stand for the whole society, but it is sad that they stand at all.

thepoetryman said...

"...but as they attempted to run down strangers on the street their vehicles ran out of gas."