Images of New Orleans' hurricane-ravaged population were transformed into black, out-of-control, criminals. As if taking a stereo from a store that will clearly be insured against loss is a greater crime than the governmental neglect and incompetence that did billions of dollars of damage and destroyed a city. This media focus is a tactic, just as the eighties focus on "welfare queens" and "super-predators" obscured the simultaneous and much larger crimes of the Savings and Loan scams and mass layoffs, the hyper-exploited people of New Orleans are being used as a scapegoat to cover up much larger crimes.Sober overview of the social, racial, economic, historic elements in play in New Orleans. Please click here.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Notes from Inside New Orleans
Jordan Flaherty is a resident of New Orleans, union organizer, and an editor of Left Turn Magazine (www.leftturn.org):