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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Make Me Wanna Holler

A lot of people blanched when a post appeared on Kos right after Katrina hit entitled "Put the Niggers in the Superdome." They complained it was too extreme in its assessment of the inherent racism of the situation.

I was not one of those people.

And I feel quite vindicated in my conviction as the bitter race baiting of the right just gets more and more shrill in the aftermath. From the glue-sniffers at the NRO:
Under the circumstances, to say, as Steve Sailer does, that African Americans "tend to possess poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups," and "need stricter moral guidance from society" does not seem to me very outrageous.
And that pretty much represents the high water mark for hate speech in all of this. Several people have sent me emails that are circulating that really defy description. It seems the right are taking a page from Karl Rove's playbook once again, who realized you can say nasty shit that will be believed on a local level that you can't get away with on a national level (like John McCain being the father of an illegitimate black child, replete with pictures of his adopted daughter from Bangladesh).

Likewise they can't go on national TV and broadcast this garbage, but it sure is floating like a pack of large, greasy turds through the all-ignorant email circuit.

Reader Susan sent me this, by one Robert Tracinski, which is actually posted on the internet but you'll have to look it up, 'cos I'm not linking to it:
There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit--but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals--and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves. All of this is related, incidentally, to the apparent incompetence of the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary. But in a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to political supporters--not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in case of emergency.
And how would one know, exactly, that the people one was watching on TV were "wards of the welfare state?" Why, because they were BLACK, what else would they be? Silly white girl.

And then there is this from Derelict, whose email box seems to be flypaper for ugly racist screeds, supposedly from an "eye witness":
To be politically correct, the looters and scum of New Orleans have pretty much taken over by shooting rescue workers, cops, bystanders, anyone so they can have control or whatever. Many police officials have walked away, quit, given up because there is no plan of action towards the fucking american africans that are taken over.... Those fucking people are bitching about how they are homeless and hungry and desperate with the fucking media fueling it and meanwhile looting, stealing and shooting rescue workers.  Also, the cell phones here are fucked and FEMA has taken over many towers for their use so we can't get calls or call out except some windows of time so email is best.  I hope a big  Stealth Bomber shows up this weekend and drops about 10 MOABs on the city and flushes the damn city and all the desperate monkeys out in the Gulf.
Just one question. If you can't get phone calls out, how exactly are emails being transmitted? Did the storm miraculously leave all the T1 lines intact? Sorry, this email is pitched exactly at the IQ level of someone who would write it -- some angry, illiterate fucker in Pulaski quite unfamiliar with basic rules of punctuation and capitalization who's never seen the flood but won't pass up an opportunity to fuel the fire with race baiting. Only someone equally stupid would fall for it.

Is it just me, or does it seem like the right has never been uglier in my lifetime?

Update: TBogg and Roger are also on bigot watch over at Clownhall. Like shooting fish in a barrel.