Huh?

Steve Gilliard has a link to a Salon.com article by Debra Dickerson that is inexplicable. Here is the title and intro/abstract at the top of the article…

Not in my backyard, either

After the poor kids next door took advantage of me, I felt sympathy for the people of Houston, who’ve suffered crime and violence because of struggling Katrina exiles.

Dickerson then goes on to write about HER troubles with the neighbors whom she described as “the equivalent of Katrina evacuees.”

What the heck does that mean?

It appears from that description and her intro which describes them as “poor kids” that they are not Katrina evacuees. So salon.com has let Dickerson run on with some ass backward logic that basically says… hey I lived next to poor black people who bugged the shit out of me too, no matter how nice I was, so yeah all those evacuees in Houston are really bad and hating them is just fine.

Ai yi yi!

One salon.com reader who self describes as a “Katrina refugee” wrote a good letter to the editor which described her situation (not poor and still in exile) and ends with…

I hope Salon will do the responsible thing and publish an article about the challenges refugees are really facing, a nice investigative journalistic piece that enlightens its readers about how lobbyists have stolen the recovery, and doesn’t just reinforce their belief that bad things only happen to those who deserve it in America. It’s not okay for a writer to assume she knows something about a great number of people and their suffering, then tie it to some socio-economic elitist prejudice and tell the Salon reader it is okay to stop caring about what happened in New Orleans.

Amen

2 thoughts on “Huh?

  1. Good morning, scout. Thanks for posting this. I don’t read Salon generally and hadn’t yet read gilliard this morning. The problem with beeyotches like this Debra Dickerson person are they think that catastrophes like Katrina can never happen to them, so they feel comfortable expecting all of us who have had our lives torn apart to get with the program, and get back to normal.
    She has no idea what it means to be displaced, to lose your job and your home and your security. Most of the people affected had no safety net. The woman who wrote the letter to Salon got it exactly right:
    It is articles like Ms. Dickerson’s that lead people to believe that all the decent, working people have had all the tools needed and have gotten their lives back together. It is articles like Ms. Dickerson’s that make my neighbors feel comfortable telling me they are ready for all these New Orleans people to go home because their schools have too many kids in the classrooms.
    After a couple of months staying with my aunt in South Carolina, it became clear that she and her friends and neighbors felt it was time for us to get our act together. The refugees are blamed for their predicament, and meanwhile Blackwater and other contractors get rich on federal dollars.
    More depressing than I can say. I posted over at Eschaton the other day that FEMA has now asked us to submit documentation of our losses and expenses (our case is being reconsidered), and just the stuff I could document and had receipts for (motels, moving trucks, storage, gas, initial replacement of essentials during the four weeks we weren’t allowed back in the city, etc.) came to over nineteen thousand dollars. How in the hell are people with no savings supposed to survive?
    Anyway, thanks again.
    TJ, pinko commie

  2. Note to Houstonians: Many Katrina refugees who evacuated to Atlanta are deciding to settle there [www.nola.com].
    But this is clear: Significant numbers of New Orleanians who fled to metropolitan Atlanta are doing very well now. They consider themselves Georgians, and say so.
    They are not hard to find. While most say they deeply miss New Orleans, they do not intend to come back. Many say they are hooked on Atlanta’s vitality, its open-door hospitality and can-do hustle.

    Those in Houston can’t wait to go back home.
    Bishop Paul Morton, who opened a branch of his Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in suburban Decatur, Ga., after his eastern New Orleans church was wrecked, said he sees a distinct difference between New Orleanians in Atlanta and those in Houston, where he still frequently preaches.
    “Most everybody in Houston, they’re trying to get back. If they can get a house, a place to stay, they’d be back today. But here — they want to settle here. It’s amazing to me,” he said.

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