Sunday, December 21, 2008

Help Color Of Change Pressure Governor Bobby Jindal To Open A Major Investigation Into The Hurricane Katrina Vigilante Shootings Of Black Residents

We have a black president, but nothing has really changed. Black folks are still being victimized in secret, in silence. Black folks are still not paying attention and still unwilling to get off their asses to do anything useful. Our black organizations and leadership are still worrying about pointless and useless stuff like "Hollywood" and black folks are dying in the backwoods of New Orleans. Once again, for black folks, it's late in the day and we are a day late and a dollar short.

If it is true that a white vigilante gang was and is still running around New Orleans randomly shooting black folks, this is on us! If it is true that a white vigilante gang was and is shooting black folks without any investigation or arrests, this is on us! I am tired of getting angry and upset with the crazy-ass folks that victimized black people. I am tired of getting angry and upset with the law enforcement officials that fail to protect black people. I am mad at us. We are responsible and we need to take responsibility for ourselves.

Bobby Jindal shouldn't even be considering running for President if this story is true and he has failed to take action. Blacks folks should be turning on him and speaking directly to his political future. Investigate this mess or don't get re-elected. It's that simple. And that new cat Cao that got elected in "I Got Ya Money" Jefferson's seat, he wants into the Congressional Black Caucus. Let's see how bad he wants in, black folks should be challenging him to challenge the Governor about this case. And Senator "Freak Nasty" David Vitter, black folks need to be jumping into his ass as well. It's time for black folks to get with the program and learn how to play the game. These are elected officials, make them get to work or vote them out!

Get informed about this terrible story. Read the original breaking story in The Nation. Start asking where in the hell is the NAACP, The Urban League, and good ole Reverend Al Sharpton on this situation? The old guard of black leadership and organizations are failing again. This case is just another Dunbar Village in terms of black folks doing nothing, saying nothing, and standing for nothing. Want to help? Go to the Color of Change website for details. At least these folks are trying!

On a sidebar note - This story should be the last straw in New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's career. He's a brainless and dangerous person. He ran around saying irresponsible things during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and he is partially responsible for creating this anti-black sentiment. He should be shouting from the rafters about this case and where in the hell is he? He should be talking about this case until people run from him because they don't want to hear about it.


roslynholcomb December 21, 2008 at 3:15 PM  

I definitely blame Nagin for most of the inflammatory crap they were saying about NOLA residents after the storm. He was the first person I heard claim there were snipers and the first person I heard claiming that there were children being raped and murdered in the SuperDome.

Obviously, that doesn't excuse vigilantism if it occurred, but this man was reckless and irresponsible. The whole state of LA, indeed the whole country experienced an inexcusable crisis of leadership. Certainly such a reaction was predictable and should've been prepared for.

I find it curious that the AG there was very quick to prosecute that doctor and nurses, but nary a whisper about this case. If indeed this happened, there should at the very least have been an investigation immediately afterwards.

D_luv December 21, 2008 at 4:59 PM  

There is not a doubt in my mind that there were horrible hate crimes and acts of vigilantism committed during this time. As a New Orleanian, Katrina survivor and someone who previously worked in the NOLA Office of Emergency Preparedness, watching the "crisis of leadership" (nail-on-head, roslynholcomb!) was excruciating.

There's no excuse for the lack of information control, rumors, and general people running amuck that happened post-Katrina. The Convention Center should have been empty of people (the only reason people went there was because of a RUMOR). The Superdome should have been equipped. If they had followed the emergency plan in place, there should have been 60% less people stranded in NOLA!!!

Not only has there been NO attention paid to investigating these violent occurrences AJ writes about, but in a bitter irony, many of the prosecutions and convictions there have been were kangaroo-court railroadings of innocent people! It's absolutely untenable. And AJ, you're right about the black community coming together to demand accountability of our Governor and newly elected Senator!!

Thanks, AJ for linking that Nation article. Best believe that I am sending it to all my friends!

Christopher Chambers December 21, 2008 at 9:24 PM  

Jindal's being groomed (which shows it's contrived) to be the new Obama, true. This is part of that artifice, true.
And I could care less what he does. It's up to Eric Holder to show some nutsack. He's not known for nutsack or crusading temperment. He's known for being a bureaucrat. I say make him make a statement about how the AG means something again. Plainly Jindal doesn't care if he's waited this long.

Illinois may be dirty, but La. is an outhouse...

Dark Moon December 21, 2008 at 11:28 PM  

You are quick Aunt Jemima. I already posted at field negro that he should talk make a seperate post.

The youtube video of those drunken rednecks boasting about it was beyond disgusting. Absolutely in human.

Naima December 22, 2008 at 10:15 AM  

This is terrible. Where are the gang bangers when you need them to do something for the community. So quick to pull the trigger on another black person but they don't even protect their own neighborhood. They are always imitating Italian gangsters but Italian gangster protect their hood, they can leave their doors unlocked in their neighborhood.

Black American Princess December 22, 2008 at 11:15 AM  

And why has the national media basically ignored this story??? Nevermind, I know why...

Anonymous,  December 22, 2008 at 11:28 AM  

You know I have to keep myself in check because I am getting to be more annoyed that we need to tell each other abut doing something and not just ranting.

I know, because I actively look for the stories, that there are many Black people doing great things even if they aren't getting attention.

I hope I'm wrong about the all talk, little walk of Black folks.

Carla December 30, 2008 at 9:28 PM  

I'm late to this post but I was just in New Orleans, my favorite city, and read about this, recognizing one of the men from Spike Lee's's a Nagin alternative, James Perry:

And here are a few articles posted by the woman who started the Facebook group that I need to read myself:

Get to Know James in this article before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.

Check out James' congressional testimony in 2007 as he pushes our government to recognize and respond to fair housing issues.

James does not let up. Read about his determination to make The Road Home a fair program!

Want to see how James spells HOPE? Check out this link

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