RAW DOGMA written by Nkrumah Steward
On your mark, get set...Let the genocidal conspiracy theories begin
"raw dogma" by Nkrumah Steward, creator of 8BM.com
|Let’s just make this clear from the start, I am not saying that there has been no racism or any racist motivation behind the delay and lack of support for the New Orleans victims of Katrina.
I don’t think anyone can say that for sure.
BUT what I am saying is that the
jury is still out on this one, and I will tell you why.
Pulling no punches and mincing no words here, I find it rather difficult to believe race is
the only, or even the main reason why the federal government’s response has been so slow in coming, resulting in an unknown sum of possibly preventable deaths from disease, dehydration, lack of proper medicines, power and alligator attacks.
Fact: For many African Americans, the “white man is trying to wipe us off the face of the planet” is their favorite shirt to wear.
For as long as I have been alive I have heard conspiratorial rumblings of how “AIDS was created in a laboratory and intentionally spread throughout Africa to wipe out the black man from the continent of Africa”, “Crack cocaine was created in a laboratory and the US government specifically placed it in the black community to get us hooked on drugs to wipe us off the face of the earth. Liquor stores and Churches are strategically placed by city planners on every other corner in the inner city to pacify us. The alcohol is there to dull our pain and the Church is there to get us to focus on a better tomorrow in heaven or in the future rather than imploring us to make a better day today.
Then something like Katrina hits, and it devastates a city like New Orleans which is 80% black. 80% of the people evacuate, but that still leaves approximately 50,000 people in the city left to their own devises to survive. So what we have is a predominately black city and aid and supplies that don’t show up for four days.
Now if you take into account all of the theories of surreptitious acts of aggression against black people by the US government one shouldn’t be surprised that charges that racism is the reason why supplies were so late in coming, or that people aren’t donating money to help these people, has found so much fertile ground.
But that is precisely why I find this kind of talk so dangerous, because whether true or not, very few in the black community will look critically at these accusations to see if they are supported by any credible evidence. These are not the kind of theories anyone should want gaining steam without evidence.
The atrocities in 1994 that occurred in Rwanda, like most politically motivated atrocities, began with unchallenged, unsubstantiated explanations that were fed to the converted.
If you are going to make charges that genocidal decisions are coming from the top, then you need to have all the evidence that you can produce because so many African Americans are all ready pre-conditioned by all of the other black genocidal theories, that charges like these will be accepted, swallowed and digested without even looking at what it is.
Just like Boston Red Sox fans over time began to identify with being losers, with always coming up short in the big games and even began to expect that their beloved Red Sox would subconsciously self-sabotage themselves somehow and continue on their losing ways, black Americans are the exact same way with these ideas that America wants them dead.
I don’t think we know any other way of looking at ourselves. It’s part of our national identity.
In some sick, perverse sort of way, we want to believe that the federal government, purposely and deliberately held back much needed aid to kill off the black people suffering from hurricane Katrina. Any white people that might’ve died…well, that’s just collateral damage.
Then you have images like these circulating around the Internet of a white person carrying around stolen food from a grocery store and the caption reads that they “found” food and supplies, but then a black person is carrying “food from a grocery store and the caption next to his name reads “looting”.
|Double standard? They are both carrying shit that I am willing to bet my last dollar they didn’t buy.
So why is the black person “looting” but the white person “finding”?
Kayne West ended his speech on Friday night for the Concert for Hurricane Relief broadcasted on MSNBC with charges that the federal government has been given orders to shoot black people in New Orleans and that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
You can see it for yourself right here.
Now some people in the black community have called Kayne West a “hero” for diverting from his pre-prepared script to shout out these things, citing that “this is what many people feel in the black community”.
Like I said before, I don’t care what you “feel” I care about what you “think” and if I am going to care about what you think, as in your opinion, I want to know what you “know”.
Kayne West would have been much more persuasive if he would have cited a source when he shouted out that the US government has been authorized to “kill us”, but as you know, who needs a source when you are preaching to the choir?
He isn’t speaking to people that want to see a source, he is speaking to people that agreed with what he was saying before he even said it.
But sadly, they don’t have a source either.
I think it was very irresponsible of Kayne West to make those sorts of statements unless he has some evidence.
Evidence you say? Isn’t evidence the fact that the federal government was so slow in responding to this disaster?
Now I am not saying that this is not racism on the part of the federal government, but what I am saying is that it is a far cry from being an open and shut case, no doubt about it, no other reasons exist, example of racism that people are making it out to be.
Now I am going to forewarn you that my examples are just as deplorable as the racism angle Kayne is espousing as to why help
didn’t arrive in New Orleans for four days, but
in my opinion, are just as valid.
For one, I have read reports that Democrats in “blue states” are having a difficult time raising money because they are finding that some of the people that they call don’t want to give money to a ‘red state” or a state that gave its electorate college votes to Bush in last years election.
Believe it or not, people think like that. I also know that it would be in the Democrats’ interest to push a racism angle like this to their most vocal and loyal supporters, the black community to further erode Bush’s approval rating which is threatening the record for a standing president, let alone his presidency. But they would only be doing this to increase their chance of winning the office in 2008. Using the black community to get them elected to office isn’t a new trick for them, nor is it one that they are too ashamed to use as they routinely do it every four years.
Another fact is that these are predominately poor people down here, whether they are black or white, and what do we know about poor people?
We know that they don’t vote, for one.
And black people have been the last group in America to learn that if you don’t vote in a democracy you don’t count.
I will repeat that just in case you didn’t catch it the first time.
If you don’t vote in a democracy you don’t count.
If you don’t have any power to put a politician in office or to remove him from office then you are irrelevant. Your concerns are irrelevant and the only way he is going to do anything for a non-voter is if the people that do vote for him pressure him to do something. If his constituents don’t give a damn about you, he won’t.
Irrelevant people wait four days on rooftops for relief to come.
You’d like to think that we are all Americans, and that humanitarian issues should rise above politics, but that isn’t the case.
We turned down aid from the Saudi royal family after 9-11 because The Saudi Prince, Prince Alwaleed made a statement that pissed off the GOP.
Bush turned away aid from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA who offered to send us $1 million worth of oil from its U.S.-based refinery unit Citgo for relief efforts.
Why would you turn down help in this time of need?
Kayne would say it’s because this aid would be helping black people, and Bush doesn’t care about black people.
Anyone who follows Dubya or has been following this whole Chavez situation would know that Chavez is an extremely vocal critic of Dubya, so much so that just two weeks ago Bush supporter Pat Robertson called for Chavez assassination to shut him up.
"You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.”... "It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop."
Is it petty of Dubya? Sure. Is being petty part of who he is? You’re damn right.
Does this have anything whatsoever to do with the race of the people floating around in New Orleans, it’s possible, but I can’t see how someone could say that undoubtedly it is.
Although I am sure people like Louis Farrakhan won’t hesitate to do so to the roaring applause of those who define themselves as targets.
I can’t think of a single time in American history where America wanted black people dead.
During slavery we were free labor, the plantation Master didn’t want us dead. In today’s money each slave was up to an $100,000 investment for him. He didn’t want us dead. He wanted us to work.
When slavery was abolished we became cheap labor, and later, a great tool to use to break the back of labor unions by threatening to give the striking workers jobs to these unemployed black laborers that would be thankful to have their jobs under the same conditions that they were bitching about.
Fast forward to modern times. Do you have any idea how much money the black community contributes to the economy?
Do you think that NIKE wants to see black people disappear? They would disappear.
We produce nothing. We are pure consumers. We don’t vote. We basically stick to ourselves. We don’t go to school so we aren’t competing for the jobs the children of educated white families are interviewing for, and we spend our money on things we can barely afford, live in debt most of our lives, get old, get diabetes, get high blood pressure and die.
That is our life. Who are we a threat to?
These people in this area didn’t vote for Bush. He knows it. They don’t support his agenda. He knows it. The reason response was late could have been just as legitimately tied to the fact that Karl Rove couldn’t be immediately reached as anything else.
Getting back to the facts, the fact is that this storm was much much worse that anyone ever anticipated. The federal government (along with everyone else) was caught woefully unprepared for this. No one anticipated the sort of problems that people are experiencing down there. No one did. 50,000 people stayed behind, either because they were like Fats Domino and thought they would just ride it out or they were too old, too poor or too sick to get a way out.
And since people are fond of “what if scenarios” like, “what if this was a predominately wealthy white community, the response would’ve been faster,” I have a “what if scenario” of my own for you, “what if the people who survived this disaster knew what they know now about what was going to happen as a result of this hurricane, then every single one of those 50,000 people that remained in New Orleans, without exception, would have found a way out of that bitch.”
No one would be too old, too sick or too poor to get out. The mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin, the Governor of Louisiana Kathleen Blanco would have provided State buses to evacuate the people out. I have no doubt of that. And all of those people who refused to leave their property wouldn’t have had to been asked twice to leave. That is, had they known this was going to happen. But that is the point. They didn’t know. No one did. No one knew it was going to be like this. It was a gamble that a lot of people took and they lost.