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GAHHHH!!!!

I know there are folks on my flist that probably don't like rap, hip-hop or Kanye West. Well... I do. I jumped up Friday night during the Red Cross telethon and cheered when he went off script and said Bush doesn't care about black people. He's right. And Bush represents a LARGE CHUNK OF AMERICA.

Now, I'm not going to try and wow you with my essay skillz. Or be the intellectual disconnected observer saying things in a manner that impresses you with my acumen. Because I'm not that person. I am the person that is giving off a primal scream of RAGE. You've been warned.


I've tried to not add fuel to the fire, because honestly: what is my linking you to the same stuff going to do? I'd rather roll my sleeves up and do something. But this morning, I heard a man give what at first seemed like a reasonable solution for folks coming in to neighboring states and looking for work: adopt a system like FDR during the Depression and have people work for themselves - for their own improvment, their city's improvement... Excellent. Worked then, could work now if we can make the red tape disappear. Then he followed it up with this:

Sadly, I doubt we will be in danger of being trampled by the rush of people to accept that offer.

THIS IS THE PROBLEM RIGHT HERE. The general assumption being that the folks displaced by Katrina are deadbeats. Are you trying to tell me there were no working people in New Orleans? In Slidell? In Gulf Port? No teachers? Lawyers? Computer techs? Janitors? Housecleaners? Secretaries? Two guesses as to the age of this... white man.

I am not going to be liked for this, and I don't give a shit: I am fucking ready for our "Greatest Generation" to friggin' die off, take their Jim Crow southern mentality, their old fashioned "morals" and fucking decompose. I am ALSO ready for MY generation, the one that doesn't generally bat an eye at inter-racial marriages, differing sexual orientations, longing for socialized Health Care to friggin' RISE UP and start improving things. If you are of age, and don't vote, please know that I don't have a lot of respect for you. That's a shitty thing to say, I'm sure, but Jesus Christ. Shit or get off the pot. That lackadaisical attitude is what allows a region to be forgotten. We have fucking abandoned the Delta region, and it's been that way for decades. God, a century or more.

Some how, it is still okay for us to not care about lower income blacks. There are still politicians who don't see that region as "viable" and divert money from, say... SECURING A CITY from NATURAL DISASTERS, or getting MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES IN PLACE, or initiating DRUG REHABILITATION FACILITIES, in favor of spending money on ad campaigns on how the EPA is full of shit when it comes to pollutants from the PVC factories along the gulf coast. The gov't was so corrupt in LA, that they could LEGALLY pull you over and confiscate your vehicle, cash, property, etc. if they SUSPECTED you of trafficking drugs. Little old ladies in their Lincoln Town cars on their way to Ole Miss to visit their grandaughters getting hauled off so the local sheriff could get her car and diamond. I am not making this up. 20/20 did an expose on this a few years back.

And where was our outrage? Where was the disgust that we let theives and liars and crooks overrun a place? We didn't CARE because there are still people in this world that think the "blacks will kill themselves off." I could fucking chew nails at shit like that.

We need to make education, health care, and drug rehabilitation a priority. That goes a long way to helping people not LIVE in the conditions they were living in. And now there are 10,000 people still living in New Orleans because the battered four walls that are still standing are ALL THEY HAD. And their shot-gun shacks were what was left from their 40 acres. One man in the local paper told a man who tried to evacuate him yesterday, "Son, I've lived through worse." I cannot tell you how much that statement breaks my heart, because it is fucking TRUE.

There are still confederate flags in the south. There are still old-timer Dixiecrats that wish there were whites only bathrooms. I am fucking ready for those people to leave this life, and I don't care how that makes me sound.

For the record: the local news was at the Reunion Arena and Convention Center here in Dallas - which, for the record, the Convention Center is also set up as a hospital/prescription refill site - where there are no co-pays for prescriptsion - and interviewed some of the evacuees. One woman had spent a good hour looking through cast off clothing to find something presentable to go on a job interview today. Oh, she was black. One man was talking about how he would do any kind of work, and was trying to sign up to help keep the Convention Center clean, if only to stay busy. He was black. One kid, a little thugged out with pants sagging and lots of ink was wondering what was going to happen, and how he didn't have aplan for the future. He was white. It's really easy to sit in a clean house, intact, no armed guards patrolling outside your battered door and make blanket statements about the people displaced by Katrina. Real fucking easy.

And I'm tapped. For now. Sorry for the earful, but only kinda.


For those who are still looking for ways to help, a Utah based rescue group: Best Friends Animal Society (http://www.bestfriends.org) has rescue teams helping animals, getting them into a sanctuary in Miss. and trying to unite pets with their owners. That is all shades of wonderful.

A website: (http://www.dallashurricaneaid.org) has been set up to help small businesses that were displaced find new space, job opportunities, support.

The Dallas Morning News is offering free four-line 10 day ads to offer aid, support, goods, job offers, and services to the victims of Katrina. Call them at (214) 745-8123.

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floweringjudas
Sep. 6th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
HEAR FUCKING HEAR.
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:05 am (UTC)
GAHH!!! *punches smug, old people in their WHEEL CHAIRS*
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xionin
Sep. 6th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
thank you for posting this.
=hugs you tightly=

people that tell me that racism is 'pretty much gone' in this country, and that the racism i feel i've been subjected to - sadly, even within this fandom - is 'in my head', can kiss my ass. seriously. i'm bending over right now.

did you read anne rice's essay? fucking brilliant.

=loves you so much right now=
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, and when I quit hearing of Baptist churches referring to the "mud people" and the "mark of Cain" I'll believe it, too.

*helps organize queue of shitheads behind your ass, trips them a little*
julia_here
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:03 am (UTC)
What struck me, yesterday, in the cover story of the NYT, was a woman being bused to Texas saying "I've never been out of the city".

New Orleans is a very old city, and the working poor and homeless there were, at least, in familiar surroundings and supported by family and friends. The failure of FEMA to recognize that fact was almost as criminal as "disaster planning" which failed to realize that it was a public transportation city.

I wish I had your faith that it's the old guys who are the problem, but I know way too many racist guys in their thirties to feel good about the inevitability of progress.

Julia, woke up cynical: blaim a commentator giving "balance" to NPR
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:10 am (UTC)
Oh, see that was a little irony, what with the "I hate blanket statements" then I made a blanket statement about the "Greatest Generation." Pretty sure Ann Richards is from that generation, and she's so wonderful...

But it can't be denied that the X and Y generations are far more tolerant of inter-racial relations, etc., and more of us are in support of an overhaul of the current health care system - one of the reasons there were so many indigent people there are simply because they live in the unhealthiest region in the US. Poor medical treatment, or simply no money to get care, no money for free clinics, lack of immunizations, the mentally ill roam the streets...

There should have been busses on SATURDAY. Oh, and there should have been FUNDING for busses on Saturday. *holds flaming torch just DARING someone to drive by with a conferderate flag sticker*
beadattitude
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
That's my girl. You holler, 'cause I don't have the energy to right now except to spit when I see Bush and pray that this means we'll get a Democrat during the next election 'cause OH MY GOD do they have some talking points now.

::hugs you tight::
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
Now, I'm no lover of the Republican party, by any stretch of the imagination, but the Democrats have been so busy victimizing the blacks of this region for DECADES, they aren't blameless either.

We have to stop this mentality of thinking "lousy welfare lazy bum" when a picture of a dark-skinned black woman with gold teeth is on screen. The republicans see that woman and grip their wallets. The democrat sees that person and thinks of ways to cushion their hiney, when the WOMAN is simply trying to feed her kids on her 9th grade education. Or... is a secretary at a local building company and just likes having gold teeth.

THAT is the attitude that needs to change, and unfortunately, it's across the board (more localized on the red side, to be sure, but not absent from the blue.)

You'll notice that Bush had his "photo op" with a light skinned black woman who looked like she had been groomed before going on camera? Not to marginalize her OR her grief. Not at all. But... Shakira with her size 16 body, corn rows, and baby on her hip could have used a hug, too. Or a hand. GAH. Sorry... shutting up now.
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chantal87
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
Goddammit Woman.
If I didn't already adore you. I certainly would now.
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Pfft. I'm just a stupid, angry chick pissing in the wind.

(Sure hope you and your family are fine. Lotta stress in your life right now.)
kaydee23
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
I know at 43 I'm quite a bit older than you, but I have peers my age and up into their 60s who feel the same way you do. I'm quite serious. It's not just old fogey's who are out of touch.

I also have peers my age and a younger who are such narrow-minded bigots, you'd think they were born in the wrong millenium.

I have also been quite disappointed to hear the rude remarks made about "those people" coming from my African-American students and student library aides. Along the lines of, "Those people are going to destroy Houston, Texas. Houston will never be the same. South Texas will never be the same. They need to be carted off!"

I'm sure they are hearing that from their parents at home at night, but it still hurts my feelings.

Of course, I work at a majority Hispanic/African American high school. We probably have 20 white students in the the entire population of 1200.

I'm sure if I was out in (I'm not going to start naming towns because I don't want to offend people) I'd hear the white students saying horrible things too.
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
(I'm 33 - not THAT much of a whippersnapper) But you have to admit that a certain demographic is more prone to hitting the lock on their door at seeing a group of black men walking down the street, or sniffing at some one and assuming they are sitting on their asses cashing welfare checks.

Jesus, my grandmother STILL says with PRIDE: "I have a black friend." Well, let me hand you a medal. And when you get into small towns, where there isn't exposure to the outside world, you just perpetuate that mentality that thinks the confederate flag is a "symbol" of the south, and not a racist trigger, or that "mixed blood" marriages are an abomination.

Racism is just disgusting to me in any form. Believe me that I get just as angry over the use of "Oriental" or "Spic."

I'm glad Kanye West said what he did - and if the African-Americans in your school are saying derogatory remarks? Well... that just lays me low.
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bitchygrrl
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
This Is Why You Are On My Flist
Yes. thank you for getting it. I am so tired of people thinking that racism is a thing of the past. It is NOT. Believe the South is not alone in it's mentality. People think that just because they don't say nigger, that it's okay for them to think black people are stupid and lazy. What really galls me about this is that nobody seems to think this is a problem. Well, I guess I should get my lazy black ass back to work, Oh wait, I work for myself. I must be superblack. (That term is from do the right thing)
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
Re: This Is Why You Are On My Flist
I saw more racism OUTSIDE of the South, than I EVER saw here. I'm talking bomb threats to the "athletic" dorm in Utah - read: where the basketball players that were hand picked from CA and Las Vegas to give them white boys an edge, to blatant use of the N word in outlying towns outside of Detroit, to shopkeepers physically manhandling black people out of their stores in Switzerland. Because they'll rob them or something? What the fuck?

It is NOT isolated in the South, and I get sick of that mindset - it's what allows people to be lazy and not pay attention.
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kaydee23
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
Oh and my Bubba icon is Xenobia Hernandez, Bubba, from Brave Combo. You know him! right? Here's Jeffrey. ponders_life made this one, and a Carl one for me. Hee.

You ought to read Carl's Machine Pump newsletter at Bravecombo.com. I'm going to go there now and see what he's saying about all this. He's pretty radical.
smashsc
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
Ah, I love a good rant in the morning. Thank you for this. You know what I want to do with my life so you know I agree with you on most points.

I don't share your optimism that racism will lessen automatically as older people die although I do think it is true, to an extent, that younger people are more likely to see the error of their ways. But, by the same token, unteaching hate, in anyone is damn hard.

And I'm all for a New New Deal. inlovewithnight and I were discussing it the other day. It'll never happens, sadly, because why would are government allow those who have the most need benefit when their voting base of rich companies can benefit instead?
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
The BEST course of action to changing mindsets is to friggin' EDUCATE people. This "mass exodus" of blacks from the Delta all across the US will hopefully show people that just because you are a dark-skinned black, and talk with the patois of the delta region, doesn't mean you are a good for nothing bum with your hand out. These people had lives, had property, and to treat them like common criminals... Or to say it's going to ruin YOUR town to have them there?

GAH. I'm all for a New New Deal, too. I don't know... I think enough people are getting outraged... I hope. If I keep hoping, and working, and talking, maybe more people will think that? Jesus, that sounds like I'm a "voice of the people" and I'm not in any way shape or form, I'm just yelling with my friends, but if we ALL start yelling and suggesting and DOING? Gotta have hope.
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winterlive
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
Yes.
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
Re: Yes.
JON STEWART. ♥ him. And you.
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sweptawaybayou
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
*clings*

Amen, baby. Amen.
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
SERIOUSLY. *makes many loaves of bread with you because kneading dough is a GREAT WAY to get out aggression*
likeadeuce
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
tangentially related
you know, I had car trouble last week, which is the third or fourth time in my life I've ended up sitting on the side of the road, in need of help until the triple A guy or a friend or someone could come.

and I noticed something. maybe it's just me, it's a small sample, it's the area I live in or something but. . .I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE HAD A WHITE PERSON STOP AND ASK ME IF I NEEDED HELP. Every single time, the people who volunteered to help me, asked what they could do etc, were minorities -- black, Hispanic, East Indian, whatever. All kinds. Never a white person. And you know me. Harmless-looking little white girl.

I really don't know what this means, or if it means anything, but I mentioned it to smashsc and asked her, "How can anybody possibly still be racist in this world, when there is so much evidence out there of, you know, nice people wanting to help out." And she said, "That just proves that some people are determined to believe what they want to believe, period."

This reminds me also of the story I never got around to posting from my family vacation -- my mother's cousin's kid and his wife, a couple in their 20s from Utah. They are living in Blacksburg, VA, which I must tell you is NOT exactly the melting pot of diversity. This woman was talking about how she hadn't really met any people "outside the church" and didn't know her neighbors very well. She then went on to comment that, "Of course, so many of them are black." Like it was just an accepted fact. And when my sis and my dad started to comment on "you know, black people are capable of conversation, too" (in much nicer terms than I would have been able to; I didn't say a word), she was like "well, I'm just not used to it". THEY HAVE LIVED HERE FOR TWO YEARS.
likeadeuce
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)
Re: tangentially related
Ooops, I wasn't done

what I was going to say is that those conversations blow me away on 3 different levels.

1) you actually think that way.
2) you actually think that it is socially acceptable to think that way out loud.
3) you actually think that it is acceptable to say that in front of me (and my family).
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desoto_hia873
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
Word. Many words.
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
ARRGGHHH!!!

*cans vegetables*
*finds more to do*
amybnnyc
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
Huz-fucking-zah to all of that!
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
*stomps and slams doors*
*rolls up sleeves and friggin' DOES something*
elcazavampiros
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
Go Stoney!

It just amazes and saddens me when I hear people making those blanket statements. I wish that people of our generation would make a stand. Get involved. Then again, I know that getting involved starts with me and mine.

Like you said, "It's really easy to sit in a clean house, intact, no armed guards patrolling outside your battered door and make blanket statements about the people displaced by Katrina."

The only way to make a change in this attitude is through education and getting involved.

Okay, that was a little unfocused and rambly, but I think you understand what I'm saying.
stoney321
Sep. 6th, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
Not unfocused in the SLIGHTEST. And it starts with you telling that woman that it is UNACCEPTABLE to use words like "wetback" in a friggin' SPANISH CLASS. And more importantly, WHY it's wrong.

*fistheart*
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