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Kate said in the comments below:

I’m stuck up on this soapbox and I can’t seem to climb down.

My comment got so long I decided to make it a new post.

It’s okay Kate. I DO understand. I guess as much as it’s about race it’s about class, or maybe haves and have-nots. In the case of NO the majority of the have-nots are black.

Some people are blantantly racist. Some people are subtlely racist and some people are just flat out stupid racist. I’m not sure how to classify the photo link that Kate posted. But you can take and substitute class-conscious (for lack of a better word) in place of racist if you like.

There are different degrees of poor as proved by Scalzi’s thread on being poor. Bottom line Bush and his ilk don’t give a shit about the poor (don’t believe me go click on that link) and I’m not talking just dirt ass poor, I’m talking working class poor who live paycheck to paycheck where getting ahead is not an option. One person on Scalzi’s board said being poor is waiting on the other shoe to drop.

Yes, we need to focus on getting Katrina’s victims in a better place. We need to get them food, clothing, temporary then permanent shelter, the animals need to be taken care of, homes found for them, schools for kids etc etc etc. That takes time. Time those that were evacuated, now have.

But we are ALL victims here. And hollie honey, you KNOW how I feel about victims. We can either either whine about it and go “oh woe is me” or we can stay mad and fight. We CANNOT forget! Katrina is a fucking WAKEUP call to what our government has done and will continue to do to us if we don’t stop them.

Anyone remember this? Anybody? Bueller?

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The basic law of Karma is if we do not learn from our mistakes we are DOOMED to repeat them. We cannot afford to forget the lessons learned from Katrina. We cannot afford to let Mr. Bush and his handlers (as one person called them) sweep this under the rug with propganda and glad-handing. Those responsible MUST take responsibility for their actions. And we THE PEOPLE are the ones who must hold them accountable. We can no longer afford to be complacent. Complacency Kills!

And I’m gonna end with the link Kate posted in the comments:
From the UK News. The rest of the world is watching. What we THE PEOPLE do now, is up to us.

8 thoughts on “Continued

  1. I remember the Gettysburg Address. Waaayy back when I was in school, we had to memorize that sucker.
    Apparently certain members of our government skipped school that day.
    And yes, I understand those who say, ‘let’s just worry about helping the victims’. But the underlying PROBLEMS have to be addressed, not just the results.
    I’m already seeing ye olde political sleight-of-hand…”no, don’t look at what happened, look at these figures showing what we’ve done”.
    Well, if these people weren’t poor–and yes, mostly black–this WOULDN’T have happened. It isn’t about affixing blame, it’s about rooting out the CAUSE, and fixing THAT.
    (And while I respect Condoleeza’s intelligence & accomplishments, I’ve lost all respect for her integrity).

    Countries all over the world–yes, poorer countries than us–are in SHOCK by what was allowed to happen here. Are we all going to stick our heads in the sand and not be equally appalled–and f–cking do something ABOUT it??!!

    And somebody needs to invent a padded soapbox. My feet are getting sore…

  2. (Sending you a padded soap box)
    I agree Raine, I am not arguing that racism isn’t out there but damn everyone does it. EVERYONE
    Is it right? Hell no. Can we fix it? How many years have people been trying? There is always going to be someone wanting to blame someone for something. An example: A white family says “Damn those blacks are lazy, theifs who want nothing but everything given to them” so their children hear it and they spread it to their kids and then it goes down and down the line…Then the black family that is blamesthe white man for keeping them back or being racist because their white and white is right. It just spreads. I think if we learned to keep our mouths shut and stop spreading it then maybe our kids have a chance for stopping it. Because they hear what is said and they act on it. They talk crap and fights start and it just goes round and round..

    Yes, the politicians are going to be politicians but the sad thing is if people don’t vote then they shouldn’t sit and bitch. I see it all the time and I ask them “Did you vote?” I hear “No”
    So I’m like STFU….
    But what can be done? Seriously? Vote? Threaten to impeach Bush? I haven’t seen a president yet that people were happy with. I don’t think it’s possible to make people happy.

  3. (are we taking over Cece’s blog, lol??!)

    But Hollie–not talking about things doesn’t make them go away. It just gives them an air of legitimacy, silent acceptance.
    And how do people teach their children that racism is wrong when it’s so obviously practiced by the government we all support??!

    And this ISN’T just about race, btw–although to deny that aspect would be ludicrous (hello, Ms. Rice?). It’s about class consciousness, about being POOR and not counting as much as those who have more money.

    The fact that people who’d rotted in that Superdome for 4-5 days were made to stand aside while people who’d been guests of the Hyatt hotel were allowed to board busses before them isn’t JUST about race, hon.
    The fact that legislators tried to place a lot of the blame on people who were too poor, too sick, or ill-equipped to leave before the disaster isn’t JUST about race.

    Is this the America our forefathers envisioned, when the poor (black AND white), the sick, the old, the infants are allowed to die because they don’t have the means to fend for themselves?

    (Raine, stepping down from her padded soapbox, trying to remember she’s an author, not an activist)

  4. Not talking about it, pretending it doesn’t exist makes it the elephant in the room (ahem). I’m not saying we have to have a forum about it but we must teach our children to treat human beings like human beings. Regardless of color or class.

    THere is a BIG difference between “not ever being happy with a president” and impeaching a president for GROSS INCOMPETENCE.

  5. My last word before I go shower, though it’s not really mine, it’s from the statue of liberty: Give me your tired, your poor,
    your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…

    What happened?

  6. I’m just saying that talking alone isn’t going to do shit. It comes down to piss or get off the pot. Do something…My whole issue is not about ignoring it. You can’t ignore it.
    I’m saying that you can’t sit around being a victim, blaming others. Get off your ass and do something about it. Where there is a will there is a way.
    I’m one of those poor white americans living from paycheck to paycheck. Wondering how the hell I’m going to get gas money for school this week. But I am no way a victim. I graduate in seven weeks and will be a nurse and I will always have a job. Why? Because I was tired of sitting on my ass being a victim of my environment. I was tired of being one of those statistics.
    You either F#ck or get F#ucked and this poor white woman was tired of being F#cked.
    So never did I say that one should not talk about it. I am saying do something about it…Talk is cheap..

    BTW, my elephant has been gone for a long time.

  7. Okay this is it, I’m shuting up…

    My heart goes out to those people. But to me they are people, they are God’s children and what happened to them is wrong, very wrong. All I was trying to say was playing into societies hatred, anger, racism and their crapola is not solving anything, won’t fix what happened and sure in the hell can not bring those people back.
    Get involved, vote. If you don’t like something do something about it. That’s how the government keeps everyone beneath them is by playing their racism card on the world and getting them all riled up. It’s better for the world to hate each other then to unite and see how strong we can be.
    (threw soap box out window getting back to homework)