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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Katrina Victims Racially Diversified

After the Katrina devastation of the New Orleans, we were all led to believe that the vast majority of victims were black. Cries of racism were rampant.

Michael Moore wrote about the victims of Katrina:

C'mon, they're black! ...Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh!

Randall Robinson, entitlement activist and author of The Debt – What America Owes to Blacks, wrote,

This is what we have come to. This defining watershed moment in America's racial history.

Rapper Kanye West, exclaimed live on NBC that

George Bush doesn't care about black people!

Louis Farrakhan stated,

I heard from a very reliable source who saw a 25 foot deep crater under the levee breach. It may have been blown up to destroy the black part of town and keep the white part dry.

Anyone with any common sense knew immediately that these were nothing but the ludicrous rantings of politically motivated leftists. But now, we have the evidence to prove the absurdity of these claims.

Preliminary statistics released by the St. Gabriel Morgue in Louisiana show that blacks were not, in fact, disproportionately victimized by Katrina.

Of the 562 identified victims, 48% have been identified as African-American, 41% are Caucasian, 2% Hispanic, 1% Native American, and 8% unknown.

To put those numbers in better perspective, reports that

New Orleans itself was more than two-thirds black [67 percent] when the storm hit. White residents made up less than a third [28 percent] of the city's population, according to U.S. Census bureau numbers.

The two hardest hit areas were Orleans parish, which is the city itself - with 720 people killed by Katrina - and St. Bernard parish, with 123 dead.

St. Bernard parish is 88 percent white, but the total population before the storm was just 65,554 people. The city of New Orleans, on the other hand, had 484,674 people before the storm, 67 percent of whom were black.

The two populations combined were still over 60 percent black - twelve points higher than the percentage of black residents killed by Katrina.

So it was not just blacks killed by Katrina? Maybe Bush doesn't just hate black people. Maybe he hates all people. What do you think, Kanye?


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