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Are people completely stupid and insensitive? I just got this as part of an e-mail from my cousin's wife - she sent to her entire address book apparently. Did she not think I would be hurt and offended by this? I am beside myself.

"Things I have learned from the news media during the last eight days:

The hurricane only hit black family's property.

New Orleans was devastated and no other city was affected by the hurricane.

Mississippi is reported to have a tree blown down.

New Orleans has no white people.

The hurricane blew a limb off a tree in the yard of an Alabama resident.

When you are hungry after a hurricane steal a big screen TV.

The hurricane did 23 billion dollars in improvements to New Orleans. Now the whole city is on welfare.

Looters and gangs have left and are now in your city. The New Orleans mayor told them to stay there.

White folks don't make good news stories.

Don't give thanks to the thousands that came to help rescue you. Instead, bitch because the government hasn't given you a debit card yet.

Only black family members got separated in the hurricane rescue efforts.

Ignore warnings to evacuate and the federal government will come get you and give you money for being stupid.

Regardless of the thousands of buses (city and school buses) available, which were left in parking lots to be flooded by the storm, there was not a thing the New Orleans mayor could do to evacuate anyone from the city.

President Bush is the only one to blame for the storm and for the delay in getting help to New Orleans."


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Sep. 26th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)
What utter crap. I got one of these types of emails over the weekend, too, and I fired off a strong response right away (I will post it later). The insensitivity and hypocrisy of whoever's writing such crap is staggering. Hang in there, and know most Americans don't feel that way.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
I saw the one you posted too. I forgot who sent it to me. I was too busy at the time I received it to respond. Your response was right on!
Sep. 28th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I just get so upset with the way some people are about things like this...
Sep. 26th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
I see most of them as a complaint on the incredible bias of the media, and how thats pretty much what the news wants you to think. I don't think its meant to be what the person actually believes.
Sep. 26th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
Here is her response to me after I wrote that I was offended by this and did not want to receive further e-mails of this sort from her, "I’m sorry if you were offended. We have all been touched in one way or another. Sometimes the truth hurts."

She watches Fox News and she's a racist. She believes it, unfortunately.
Sep. 26th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Apparently she's a bit touched.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
See, here's the thing: other than this being crass, rude, asinine and generally vile, I watch, listen to and read news all the time. NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Time and much more, and I fail to see the reasoning behind any of the sarcastic (or at least intended to be such) remarks proffered above.

They want to know why we focus on New Orleans? Gosh, couldn't be because a major metropolitan area is a largely flooded ghost town, could it? If Chicago goes under Lake Michigan, are we to focus on Gary, Indiana? If the Atlantic floods New York, do we fret over Montauk? Hell, no!

The depth and veracity with which some people brandish their stupidity is aweing at times.
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
We've commiserated many times on the trying nature of our relatives. This one really works my nerves.
Sep. 28th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)

What a racist, stupid asshole.
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