Because, Jesus tits. Moral poverty? The absolute chutzpah it takes to write something like this:
If you’re black and a hurricane is about to destroy your city, then you’ll probably wait for the government to save you.
This was not always the case. Prior to 40 years ago, such a pathetic performance by the black community in a time of crisis would have been inconceivable. The first response would have come from black men. They would take care of their families, bring them to safety, and then help the rest of the community. Then local government would come in.
No longer. When 75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out. This, as we know, did not turn out good results.
It’s hard to respond to crap like this. It’s hard to respond in specifics because you’re not addressing specifics. You’re addressing a general feeling, a sort of restless and undefined rage because things are screwed up, you can see they’re screwed up, and you have this gnawing feeling in your gut that you might be somewhat responsible. That gnawing feeling is uncomfortable, and there’s ways to make it go away.
You could get off your ass and help, of course. You could write a letter to your Congressman, you could volunteer for an hour at a food pantry or homeless shelter. You could walk the street for a politician or leader who will make things better for those whose plight so stirred your feelings.
Or you could tell yourself it’s the fault of the poor, that they’re poor. That’s easier, it’s convenient, and it might even be true in a couple of cases, which gives you an out to declare it true in all cases. Which isn’t exactly what the Rev. Peterson is doing, but it is what the slavering hordes of Freepers drooling all over his column are all about:
Living in Dallas and being in the Apartment business..we were caught up in the Katrina backlash…not a pleasant experience. Our experience, which was really very typical, was that they were ungrateful, arrogant worthless mammary sucking government POS. As a point…after they got their FEMA money…It was reported that Walmart’s jewelry sales went up 1400% in the Metroplex… I “axed” a 31 yr old that we befriended and her two really cute little girls and her bring along “bone jumper”…why they didn’t get out when the water started rising. Their reply: We gets up about 0700 and we see the water up to our front step…then we just went back to bed…we thinks it be going down shortly!!
Ms Angie soon decided that she had to be with her “people’s”…and departed for Houston. In the community she was with here in North Texas folks worked…and that is not something her lifestyle could tolerate…I could go on and on but it only pi$$es me off to talk about it…
Read that if you can keep your eyes from bleeding at the punctuation, and hear, as I do, every assumption in it, everything somebody thought they heard from somebody else which then becomes the God’s honest truth. Which then becomes a way to escape having to wonder why. The problem is, blaming the victim doesn’t make the victim go away. So even if that’s what you want, it’s not going to work.
Moral poverty. I don’t think that phrase means what the Freepers are taking it to mean.