August 31, 2005
— Ace At least that's the case that Wonkette makes, based on a not-subtle difference between two captions of people photographed taking goods away from shops.
She may have a point -- there may be unconscious racism (or conscious racist animus) which causes some to see white looters just doing what they need to feed their babies, and black looters just using the cover of chaos as an opportunity to boost some bling. And, I guess, that should be kept in mind.
Still, it doesn't seem like this is very strong evidence to go indicting the very liberal legacy media on, especially given their drive for "diversity" in the newsroom.
Racism is bad, mmmkay? But I can only quote William F. Buckley, Jr., writing about the left and their love of hate-crime legislation: "If only the left hated crime as much as they hated hate."
Edit: I originally wrote they were both AP captions. They're not. One's AFP and one's AP.
Posted by: Allah at August 31, 2005 08:52 AM (X3QeK)
I noticed during the tsunami that the press did not want to show anyone dead or injured that was brown. They really focused on the "white" folks on vacation in the area. It has always struck me for all their talk that the liberal folks are actually repulsed by color.
Posted by: Dayna at August 31, 2005 09:07 AM (GFuA7)
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Posted by: Allah at August 31, 2005 09:22 AM (X3QeK)
The vast majority of looters in New Orleans--say 90% or more--seem to be black. I don't think that is a function of race, just an accounting of who stayed behind. The word choice I attribute to chance.
Sorry, but I'm not buying the race angle.
Posted by: Confederate Yankee at August 31, 2005 09:24 AM (2cgwG)
Posted by: at August 31, 2005 09:36 AM (Ehvu2)
That doesn't change the nature of the looting though. If I see a young woman making off with a pack of diapers and baby food, it's a very different thing than the guy wading in waist deep water with a box containing nothing but bottles of beer. There is survival and then there is opportunism and barbarity.
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Posted by: William R at August 31, 2005 10:59 AM (UcRmL)
OTOH, there is food/water in Walmarts, so its hard to say. Unless he was walking out with a $5,000 plasma TV...
Posted by: Tony at August 31, 2005 11:47 AM (dYcZw)
Posted by: Claire at August 31, 2005 02:10 PM (l1oyw)
I don't know. Is Mexican white? Because he looks like a Mexican or at least a Hispanic guy in that picture.
AFP oppressing a lighter shade of brown?
Posted by: digitalbrownshirt at August 31, 2005 02:21 PM (ipjUv)
Posted by: geoff at August 31, 2005 06:44 PM (J0ZE/)
thread at sportshooters.com
->> Jeasus, I don't belive how much crap I'm getting from this. First of all, I hope you excuse me, but I'm completely at the end of my rope. You have no Idea how stressful this whole disaster is, espically since I have not seen my wife in 5 days, and my parents and grand parents HAVE LOST THIER HOMES. As of right now, we have almost NOTHING.
Please stop emailing me on this one.
I wrote the caption about the two people who 'found' the items. I believed in my opinion, that they did simply find them, and not 'looted' them in the definition of the word. The people were swimming in chest deep water, and there were other people in the water, both white and black. I looked for the best picture. there were a million items floating in the water - we were right near a grocery store that had 5+ feet of water in it. it had no doors. the water was moving, and the stuff was floating away. These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics. They picked up bread and cokes that were floating in the water. They would have floated away anyhow. I wouldn't have taken in, because I wouldn't eat anything that's been in that water. But I'm not homeless. (well, technically I am right now.)
I'm not trying to be politically correct. I'm don't care if you are white or black. I spent 4 hours on a boat in my parent's neighborhood shooting, and rescuing people, both black and white, dog and cat. I am a journalist, and a human being - and I see all as such. If you don't belive me, you can look on Getty today and see the images I shot of real looting today, and you will see white and black people, and they were DEFINATELY looting. And I put that in the caption.
Please, please don't argue symantics over this one. This is EXTREMELY serious, and I can't even begin to convey to those not here what it is like. Please, please, be more concerned on how this affects all of us (watch gas prices) and please, please help out if you can.
This is my home, I will hopefully always be here. I know that my friends in this business across the gulf south are going through the exact same thing - and I am with them, and will do whatever I can to help. But please, please don't email me any more about this caption issue.
And please, don't yell at me about spelling and grammar. Im eating my first real meal (a sandwich) right now in 3 days.
When this calms down, I will be more than willing to answer any questions, just ask.
Thank you all -
Posted by: geoff at August 31, 2005 07:14 PM (J0ZE/)
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Let's see if I can actually get it right this time.
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