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  •  I was thinking of the same thing about the (10+ / 0-)

    victims of Hurricane Sandy. Did the AA kids displaced get iPods and stuff when their band equipment was washed away in Katrina? Heck no. (I saw a story about kids in the NE getting iPods and new band instruments after their school was destroyed by Sandy. I yelled at the TV)

    •  thanks, I had to get that out. (3+ / 0-)
    •  FWIW. I read somewhere (sorry don't remember (5+ / 0-)
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      where), one of the folks in Newtown make a comment about all the gifts that have been pouring in for the children of Newtown. What the person said was, basically, "hey, our kids really don't need all these gifts--we can afford to buy them. So we'll be donating these things to others who need them more.

      Could be that the people who end up acknowledging white privilege and the attendant economic benefits it confers are the ones who've suffered most from this particular tragedy.

      I believe the person also said, "Hey, if you want to express your condolences, how about donating gifts to people who need them more in the NAME of our children?"

      Oh, and yeah, when it comes to making clear the glaring difference between "white tragedies" and "black tragedies", the better "comparative case study" is Katrina vs. Hurricane Sandy, not "Sandy Hook" vs. "everyday" gun violence on every street in every inner city in the country.

    •  Yeah, but the working class and poor whites (0+ / 0-)

      in Far Rockaway now know how the Katrina kids felt.

    •  Nation within a nation... (0+ / 0-)

      I am from Louisiana...  I don't expect anyone to do anything except me...  it is what it is...  the point is well taken and a sad commentary of what we really are as a nation...

      Do you imagine that the facade will still be coving the truth about our country 300 years from now?

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