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"Katrina's Hidden Race War: In Aftermath of Katrina, Vigilantes Shot 11 Blacks in New Orleans." Amy Goodman (Democracy Now) and A.C. Thompson (The Nation) ran this report on Friday, December 19, 2008. Apparently, there has never been an official investigation.   This will never get the coverage that it deserves - I hope you watch it and forward it to everyone you know.

Also, after watching the video, send an email to Goodman and Thompson, letting them know how much you appreciate Independent and Alternative Media (Democracy Now Contact Page Link and The Nation Contact Page Link).

See videos below....Warning: Graphic and Emotional

Katrina's Hidden Race War Part I - YouTube Link to Video

Katrina's Hidden Race War Part II - YouTube Link to Video

Democracy Now Link to Entire Video

Katrina's Hidden Race War, by A.C. Thompson - Click Here for Full Story
The way Donnell Herrington tells it, there was no warning. One second he was trudging through the heat. The next he was lying prostrate on the pavement, his life spilling out of a hole in his throat, his body racked with pain, his vision blurred and distorted.

It was September 1, 2005, some three days after Hurricane Katrina crashed into New Orleans, and somebody had just blasted Herrington, who is African-American, with a shotgun. "I just hit the ground. I didn't even know what happened," recalls Herrington, a burly 32-year-old with a soft drawl.

The sudden eruption of gunfire horrified Herrington's companions--his cousin Marcel Alexander, then 17, and friend Chris Collins, then 18, who are also black. "I looked at Donnell and he had this big old hole in his neck," Alexander recalls. "I tried to help him up, and they started shooting again." Herrington says he was staggering to his feet when a second shotgun blast struck him from behind; the spray of lead pellets also caught Collins and Alexander. The buckshot peppered Alexander's back, arm and buttocks.

Herrington shouted at the other men to run and turned to face his attackers: three armed white males..."
Katrina's Hidden Race War, by A.C. Thompson - Click Here for Full Story

I hope that you actually got this far into the post.  I know people are worried about the "big issues" (economy, war, etc.); however, pausing to think about what's happening on our local streets is just as important.  I would like to believe in a post-racial society; however, it's going to take more awareness of issues like this before that can ever happen.  Sending this to everyone you know may be a good start.

Again, here's Goodman and Thompson's contact information(Democracy Now Contact Page Link and The Nation Contact Page Link).

Originally posted to Oblogama on Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 11:42 AM PST.


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  •  Tip Jar (for Goodman/Thompson) (0+ / 0-)
  •  Cut/Paste Link List If There's Trouble Viewing (0+ / 0-) (Part 1) (Part 2) (another link) (The Nation article)

  •  but what does this have to do with.. (3+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, chrome327, Oblogama

    Ok sorry about that.

    Yeah I've seen it, and it is surprising how little play it has gotten overall compared to to oher issues.

    "Biden's tears did more for the equality Of the sexes than Palin's presence" - Leah Renna

    by edgeways on Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 11:50:08 AM PST

  •  Truth is bad enough (0+ / 0-)

    I found the whole thing bombastic and inclined toward liberalistic hand-wringing. I spent that summer in NO and the real race war was overt, violent and vastly black on black.  The police were the most corrupt, least interested group of LEO I have ever seen.  they made no attempts to conceal or temper their outright contempt for everyone.  I was not surprised to see them collapse utterly in the face of disaster. Given the underlying tensions, violence and vacuum of legitimate authority on a good day I am surprised that there weren't vigilante groups before Katrina and that there were only 11 killings.  New Orleans was a city that needed re-building on many levels before Katrina. The war had been on for several decades.

    •  deaniac yet trulylunatic (0+ / 0-)

      wow, that is one of the most disgusting posts i've ever read here. "Those Ni@#$%s had it coming!"

      those stupid liberals, wringing their hands just becausde white folks are shooting Black people with shotguns!

      I am sorry for the pain my GLBT brothers and sisters are experiencing. And I pledge to support and work for full equality for the LGBT community.

      by catchaz on Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 01:02:44 PM PST

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      •  I wasn't quite sure... (1+ / 0-)
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        ....what to make of that post either....would rather promote sharing this diary and getting people to watch the video than deviating too far afield...oh well.

      •  I Highly Resent Your Accusation (0+ / 0-)
        Where in my post did I make a Racist comment or defend rascism? I did neither. I pointed out that NO had a huge abandonment of Rule of Law BEFORE Katrina. The city was so violent that Army medics were sent there to learn how to treat gun shot wounds. My perception is that hard times can bring out the very worst in people and the years that culminated in Katrina were already highly stressful for EVERYONE. blacks and whites, with, as I pointed out, the heaviest loads being on the black community. This being said, I will stress that the vast majority of people got along with me and each other quite well (the only time I was confronted with potential personal violence was by a white merchant marine btw.)
         The police hated everybody, black, white, tourist, students... Everybody deserved better than this before and after Katrina. The documentary focused on a very small and very predictable outcome of all this-notice I said predicatable, not justifiable. I hope those vigilantes get caught, tried and punished. It is highly unlikely though considering the awesome scale of both this and the Galveston disaster where NO ONE has been held accountable for anything. The entire tone of the documentary still seems overblown and misplaced where the failure of the state was on the scale of thousands of people. Why is he wringing his hands over this incident when some much worse happened and now there has been no police reform, the violence is back and a Republican governor gets elected?  
  •  what always amazes me is (2+ / 0-)
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    Sam James, NY brit expat

    The restraint and pacifism of the non-white groups in teh face of white colonialism and aggression. Had whites been fired up in a neighborshood, they would have returned in force, stormed the area and executed the shooters, gleefully and self righteously. Assuming they couldn't just get the police to do it for them. Every time I read about the various colonizations, from Palestine to Iraq, it's amazing what a small proportion of the population resists, the rest just submit and hope for mercy. Must be some obscure German gene that allows whites to be such happy killers.

    Law is a light which in different countries attracts to it different species of blind insects. Nietzsche

    by Marcion on Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 12:21:31 PM PST

  •  They Must Know Who The Guy In The Video Is. (1+ / 0-)
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    It should not be too tough to track down a Yankee bragging about proving he is Southerner by shooting black people. Sweet Jesus you have him on tape. Saying he kept a t-shirt as a souvenir of his murderous hate crimes. How the fuck is this ignorant bastard still free? Step one in the investigation would be getting that evidence and using it and the guys own sick words to bring his ass to justice.

    "But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope." Barack Obama

    by Sam James on Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 01:22:40 PM PST

    •  Call me naive (0+ / 0-)

      I know hate crimes exist, but I agree that this was over the would hope that they prosecute this case...I wish more people would watch this video.

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