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Damaven
02:21 PM on 12/18/2008
This is the United?? States of America that certain people wish to deny is alive and well. You saw it with Obama's election and still want to perpetuate the lie. That's why this ugly truth lives and will continue to live. Isn't it amazing how the KKK can march with protection in 2008 and the Black Panthers, who were completely infiltrated and destroyed, couldn't even feed their own poor? Period. Just Period.
04:27 PM on 12/19/2008
Agreed. Well stated.
02:18 PM on 12/18/2008
Anyone who is shocked by any aspect of this story--including the lack of coverage and failures of law enforcement--has been getting their world shrunk by the MSM, hasn't been following any alternative news, and hasn't been spending enough time in the real world.
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ebanks84
Grandma knows best!
02:32 PM on 12/18/2008
Thank you. And they need to get a computer and read some REAL news.
03:00 PM on 12/18/2008
I concur!......................I used to be one of the folks you speak of............No more, will I not be unknowing.......
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ABCD
MMA all day everyday!
02:17 PM on 12/18/2008
I am disgusted! So, let me get this straight. The media decides to call the black residents of New Orleans refugees and then they show some idiots (who happen to be black) stealing and don't report on the killings of black men (a dying breed if you will) until now. No one has ever seriously scrutinized what happened in Algiers Point???? Why is (some of ) white America surprised that community leaders...people like Reverend Wright don't praise you. STUPID! You know what..anyone shocked by Rev. Wright is a fool.

For those of you who want to comment and did not actually read the article think about this line from the article...
***evidence indicates, at least eleven people were shot. In each case the targets were African-American men, while the shooters, it appears, were all white.***
It is not acceptable...I live in New York and there was NO MENTION OF THIS. I too recall the story that aznurse mentioned but it didn't include cold blooded murder that went uninvestigated. I am outraged and anyone with a brain should be too!
02:11 PM on 12/18/2008
Sadly, we will probably see much more of this as the economy continues to deteriorate.
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ebanks84
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02:43 PM on 12/18/2008
Not under Obama hopefully. He will make sure another New Orleans won't occur.
04:51 PM on 12/18/2008
No, bc white ppl are losing their homes now too.
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Damaven
07:03 PM on 12/19/2008
Yes, you'll see more because white people believe that anything not good that happens to them is caused by Black people [generally stated but hoping you know I know all whites are not alike just like all blacks are hot alike, good, bad or indifferent]. You did see the fool woman that said she was afraid for Obama to win because then blacks would get revenge for slavery. What a complete A H. Every house that is not lost by a black person, a white -- ignorant white person is going to believe that black person's house should be his.
02:04 PM on 12/18/2008
Jesus.
I don't even know what to say in response.
If I didn't know any better I would think that story took place in 1930's or 40's.
I feel physically ill reading that and deeply disturbed nothing can or is being done about it.
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ebanks84
Grandma knows best!
02:38 PM on 12/18/2008
It's hard to imagine that everyday people you might work with probably feel the same way about blacks. Their fear is primed and resuscitated daily by the MSM. It reminds me of FOX showing blacks stealing from stores when everybody (including whites) were taking things. But FOX only targeted the young folks who were getting flat screen TVs, which made the white people sitting home more scared and hateful of so-called black ignorance. It's definitely the media that keeps this country devisive and against each other.
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Sparty1
02:00 PM on 12/18/2008
I wouldn't live in Louisiana for all the money in the world or if my life depended on it. I went to Jena, LA for the march for those boys a couple years ago. I felt that the boys were wrong for all jumping on the other boy at the same time. For them to be subjected to being called a you-know-what, having a gun pulled on them, having nooces hung in the white tree was too much. To think that all of this is still going on in America is truly sad. That little town is so bad, I don't know how anyone of color could stay there. We were called horrible names by folks sitting on their porches.

Horrible state.
03:49 PM on 12/18/2008
For years I wanted to vacation in New Orleans, until we got stationed in Gulfport, MS. It didn't take too long to realize that the reality of the city was nothing like the tourist board advertises.
01:45 PM on 12/18/2008
Is there a statute of limitations on "Attempted Murder"? Why is law enforcement not going after the shooters? It seems like Katrina made it ok for open season on Black men. Not cool at all.
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ebanks84
Grandma knows best!
02:25 PM on 12/18/2008
Because they would be seen as protecting their properties with a jury of their peers.
04:39 PM on 12/18/2008
Because even in the best case scenario, where there is a deatiled autopsy report idenrifying cause of death as murder without a doubt, you have numberous eyewitnesses, murder-weapon is found, there is still no guarantee that you will get a murder conviction in court. Now imagine what a alwyer would need to contend with in order to even try to bring any of these cases to trial. It is isn't feasible and no lawyer in their right mind is going to spend their time nor their own money because only the super rich would be able to afford a lawyer for such an extended period, t o try to persecute any of these cases. You read about the shoddy paperwork and in many instances no paper work. The best that can be done is to lobby for drastic social and legal change so that an event like this might not be able to happen again. But we've seen that even a tirelessly dedicated civil-rights movement still has not been able to abolish white on black crime or police on black crime. The cause runs too deep to be able to change easily. But with hope and some wonderful people with money, we may be able to move the cause foreward another yard closer toward the goal of genuine equality.
01:39 PM on 12/18/2008
Anyone who watched the coverage about Katrina heard about this crap yet no one really gave a darn..I wondered then why and how they could get away with it..doesn't it violate a person's constitutional rights when they are denied the right to enter any neighborhood they choose to? (let alone the crime of shooting someone) If this had happened in Iowa after the floods there the whole darn country would have covered it.......yet one more shameful event in the history of our country that will go unpunished....... the actions of people like those that condoned this give the rest of us white people a bad name....maybe it's because I am from Nebraska that I can't understand actions like this, I perfer to believe it's because I'm not an ignorand dumb f..K and have more empathy and compassion for my fellow man......
03:36 PM on 12/18/2008
No one shot a white woman...that's what matters.
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lesterbud
Facts ARE Liberty
01:39 PM on 12/18/2008
Shameful hardly even begins to describe these events.

Case in point - the person killed at the store. Even if this person was trying to break in to the store, even if he was intent on stealing something from the store, what right does that give these rednecks to execute that person? He was from another neighborhood? He was from a different class? None of that matters - they never try to find out anyway.

My biggest worry is, if those responsible for these insane acts are not prosecuted, or at least those responsible for not investigating and arresting people who publicly admitted being part of these crimes, it sets a very bad precedent for the next disaster.

The next hurricane, earthquake, wildfire...will people be allowed to use the occasion to hunt poor people, with impunity, just for sport?
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bbgeez03
01:32 PM on 12/18/2008
I had to hold back tears reading this. I am conflicted. On the one hand, this proves to me that America is still filled with hateful racists, some of whom are just waiting for a reason to kill minorities. Yet, on the other hand we elected the nation's first black president which gives me great hope and restores my faith in this country at the same time. I hope the election means that MOST of the country is not like these racist lunatics. However, I have a fear that the election of Obama will be a catalyst for an increase in these types of incidents. Sadly, some whites have the irrational fear that because the POTUS is black, the n****rs are going to take over and get revenge for slavery and Jim Crow.
It is an utter outrage that it appears NO ONE has been charged for just randomly shooting and killing people. Shooting someone because they had a freaking pair of sneakers in their hands!!! This whole thing is making me remember that horrible storm. One of this country's greatest shames, in my opinion.
01:32 PM on 12/18/2008
That is so horrible.
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01:26 PM on 12/18/2008
I remember that! People had walked a long way and were trying to cross a bridge and were met by men with guns who turned them back. The people crossing the bridge were fired upon.
there was so much horror going on this never really made the news.
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BlackWidowPilot
"Fu! Rin! Ka! Zan!"
02:00 PM on 12/18/2008
Two of those people were reporters for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. They wrote about their experiences and their article was published in that magazine.

Despicable doesn't even cover this incident, as the majority of those blockading the bridge were law enforcement officers from a nearby town!

Leland R. Erickson

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Damaven
02:22 PM on 12/18/2008
It made some news and I saw it on TV, it was filmed at one point.
01:24 PM on 12/18/2008
I'm white, but being white, i know a lot of white people. And i can tell you that nothing white people do r say surprises me.
The worst part is the hypocrisy. If they would just come clean and come out of the closet and say, "we're racists and we hate all non whites, and want to shoot em" then at least minorities would know where they stand with these people instead of getting shot for just being there. no crimes committed, just people in need.
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lesterbud
Facts ARE Liberty
03:37 PM on 12/18/2008
I agree with you.

It is disgusting how many of these idiots start their sentences with"I am not a racist, but...".
Listen to Limbaugh, hero to rednecks everywhere, he starts many of his most horrible rants with similar disclaimers.

I would like, for once, to hear one of these in-bred morons say "I am a racist, so I felt it my duty to...". No where near an excuse, but at least it is honest.
01:13 PM on 12/18/2008
That is shameful. These gunmen need to be tried for their crimes.
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progressivelady
I'm With the Green Tea Party
01:13 PM on 12/18/2008
Louisiana is a Red State, This story should not Shock anyone, they also had that tree where Black's were not allowed to go near, In some way's they are still 30 year's behind time's, sad and pathetic