“HELP KATRINA VICTIMS” blares the banners at the top of websites – left, right and center across the internet. The ad continues “Here’s a list of various aid groups and efforts. And here’s another. You can also volunteer shelter here. Or simply go to the American Red Cross website.” You expect me to help an organization with a mission statement like this???
The Red Cross may also help those needing long-term recovery assistance when all other available resources are unavailable or inadequate to meet the needs. All assistance is based on verified disaster-caused needs and is free-literally a gift as a result of the generous support of the American people.
In true Volunteer spirit, Nashville has elected to become a slum away from slum for many of New Orleans most desperate and dispossessed. But it turns out our welcome mat isn’t “black enough” – so says the militant Black Power leaflet The Nashville Scene. Soul brother No. #1, John Spragens breaks out his felt hat and pimp cane at our local Red Cross and rides to our Cultural Rescue:
displaced victims of the poor planning for Hurricane Katrina could use a little humanity after their heartrending ordeal with bureaucratic ineptitude. They could use a familiar face, a hug, a sympathetic ear, a favorite hymn tune and, just maybe, some hair relaxer. This is the kind of disaster relief that elderly white ladies in Red Cross smocks, however well-intentioned, will probably never be able to provide for the largely African American, largely low-to-mid-income New Orleans population in diaspora…
Word is bond, Brother John and take that you well-intentioned smock-wearing white bitches with your “free time” and your “good will”. Now this isn’t in quotations so I’m left to credit Spragens with this jewel:
“Disaster response should strive to resemble the people itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s helping.”
Seriously, who made that fucking rule? Waiting on The Mayor of New Orleans is what got them in such troubled waters to begin with. I mean it’s an interesting theory – one that could potentially save the US billions across the globe by halting foreign aid to people who don’t look like a stereotypical American. But what’s missing here, besides an editor, is anyone mentioning this unfathomable ingratitude.
Afraid that they are going to miss out on some of those Louisiana Lottery dollars, local poverty pimps have also not been shy about wanting their handout, er…I mean to help out.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When you’re different and you’re the lone person, you do feel different. When you’re in crisis you like to have some familiarity there,Ã¢â‚¬? says Joyce Searcy with the Bethlehem Centers of Nashville.
And nothing says “familiar” like good old-fashioned segregation.
Searcy says she tried to open up her community center as a shelter, but could not get approved by the Red Cross. It already had a list of 63 churches and community groups.
Searcy adds, Ã¢â‚¬Å“You know that big headline that we were gonna have six thousand evacuees and the list of shelters in the newspaper were in the suburbs and so the question is: why aren’t these in our community?Ã¢â‚¬?
Why aren’t they in your community? A) 63 Churches had already planned for this. B) Probably because you never gave a fuck about helping the Red Cross in such a capacity until you thought there was something in it for you. C) Or that you only want to help because the people have black faces. How racist is that?
Even money, dollars to dubs that if it looked like a bunch of white people at the local Red Cross because the tornado hit their trailer park that the Interdenominational Ebenezer Tree of Life Church coalition couldn’t give two shits about them. While the Red Cross was out trying to help people find a place to stay, what passes for “black leadership” in this city was arguing about whether to call them “refugees” or “evacuees”.
Or the hue and cry that would have come from the same quarters if organizers had shuttled blacks into the poor neighborhoods and sent the whole box of townhouse crackers to Brentwood.
The Red Cross says itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because the other groups were already on a pre-approved list. Their facilities had already been checked out, and the volunteers, already trained.
A likely story you grafted white devils.
But Reverend Enoch Fuzz says in times like this, the volunteer corps should be more diverse, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Who in Brentwood would know where a black beauty shop or barber shop is?Ã¢â‚¬? asks Fuzz.
You got me there Reverend Fuzz if that is indeed your real name. Forget food, water, shelter and medical attention – I need to know where to get my hair and my nails did!
Beat it honkey. Your services are no longer required.