I don't know why I go to the trouble of crossing the ideological fence and trying to talk with these people sometimes. In my recent attempt to promote the left-right meeting of minds, I pointed out the racist assumptions in an argument over on Dr. Phat's blog, only to be shouted down by a platoon of rightwingers claiming that Karlo the libral was so out touch with the facts. Following my comments to his post, Dr. Phat chastises me:
Not in the news story or my story did I use any words describing the ethnicity of the people that perpetrated this fraud.
Perhaps I'm not used to some particular nuances of Dr. Phat's ideolect. In his original post when he referred to "black" people, I hastily assumed that he was talking about black people:
. . . it’s time for the poor black people of New Orleans to start with the long and hard process of re-accumulating the wealth and items that they lost during the hurricane. Luckily with the help of the Red Cross this is happening. Thos who did not get to loot, or were too late to steal anything of value, have another chance to go and get the things that will help them survive the next few months on someone else’s dime.
In the tirade that followed my comment, Dr. Phat insisted that 88% of New Orleans is white and only 7.6% black. I'm left wondering if I've accidently stumbled upon a parody of a rightwing site. Any glance at any picture of New Orleans that was of anything other than a klan rally would reveal the farcical nature of that figure. My scouring of the internets came up with the following figures for the races:
Black or African American 67.25%
But then again maybe I'm wrong, and all those jazz musicians in the New Orleans street are actually poor white people with pigmentation alterations making them look like blacks. (They must be trying to get that "dime" that gets thrown to the black people.)