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GUEST,fretless BS: Black looters, white finders (224* d) RE: BS: Black looters, white finders 01 Sep 05

Of course there's racism reflected in the captions. It is part of the larger picture that has media talking/writing about "those who chose to stay behind" as if the people suffering in N.O. made a pig-headed choice when offered the option of departure and are suffering the consequences of their own stupidity; rather than recongizing that for many members of the underclass, the option of before-the-storm-departure was out of the question because of lack of funds for car ownership, fuel if there were cars available, hotel/accommodation costs if they left, etc. And are we to believe that the group that stayed behind (or, with perhaps equal accuracy, the group that couldn't afford to get away) is predominantly black on the basis of some miracle or odd coincidence rather than because of race based economic structures that have their roots in the era of enslavement and institutionalized Jim Crow practices? Gimmie a break.

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