lördag, september 03, 2005

Rasism i New Orleans?

TT ställer idag frågan om ras och klass kan ha spelat roll i USA's svar på orkankatastrofen i New Orleans.

Tv-kanalen CNN visade ett exempel på synbar rasism i rapporteringen om plundring i ett par reportagebilder från AP respektive AFP: vita "har turen att hitta föda" medan svarta "plundrar". På bilderna vadar vita respektive svarta genom vattnet med matvaror i famnen.

Från CNN tidigare idag:

Almost every person we've seen, from the families stranded on the rooftop waiting to be rescued, to the looters, to the people holed up in the Super Dome, are black and poor.

67 percent of New Orleans' residents are black, nearly thirty percent of the city's population lives below the poverty line without the money or the means to leave town despite dire warnings.

Den amerikanska regeringens långa reaktionstid har kritiserats hårt, bland passade rapparen Kanye West på i en direktsänd välgörenhetsgala:

West and Mike Myers had been paired up to appear about halfway through the show. Their assignment: Take turns reading a script describing the breach in the levees around New Orleans.

Myers: The landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly. There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.

(Myers throws to West, who looked extremely nervous in his super-preppy designer rugby shirt and white pants, which is not like the arrogant West and which, in retrospect, should have been a tip-off.)

West: I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!

(West throws back to Myers, who is looking like a guy who stopped on the tarmac to tie his shoe and got hit in the back with the 8:30 to La Guardia.)

Myers: And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.

(And, because Myers is apparently as dumb as his Alfalfa hair, he throws it back to West.)

West: George Bush doesn't care about black people!

(Back to Myers, now looking like the 8:30 to La Guardia turned around and caught him square between the eyes.)

Myers: Please call . . .

At which point someone at NBC News finally regained control of the joystick and cut over to Chris Tucker, who started right in with more scripted blah, blah, blah.

Givetvis censurerades hans uttalande av TV-bolaget NBC lagom till att galan skulle sändas på västkusten:

"Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks. It would be most unfortunate if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person's opinion."

West's comments would be cut from the West Coast feed, an NBC spokeswoman told The TV Column. (The Associated Press later reported that only his comment about the president was edited out.) The show was live on the East Coast with a several-second delay; someone with his finger on a button was keeping an ear peeled in case someone uttered an obscenity but did not realize that West had gone off-script, the spokeswoman said.

Säg vad du vill, så länge som du inte kritiserar regimen, för då klipps dina uttalanden bort av lydiga TV-bolag. Så mycket var det med den yttrandefriheten.

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Anonymous Anonym said...

Nja, fotona skildrade uppenbarligen skilda skeenden:


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Blogger olydig said...

Tack så mycket för länken.

Även om bilderna skildrar separata händelser i tid och rum, så handlar de i stort sett om samma sak. I båda händelserna så tog människorna mat från affärer. I fallet med de svarta:

"He saw the person go into the shop and take the goods," Stokes said, "and that's why he wrote 'looting' in the caption."

I fallet med de vita är man dock noga med att poängtera:

"These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics. They picked up bread and cokes that were floating in the water. They would have floated away anyhow."

Det är en värderingsfråga vad man tycker är "plundra" i den här situationen. I båda fallen tog människorna mat från butiker för att överleva. I de svartas fall fanns maten kvar på hyllorna, och i de vitas fall flöt maten i vattnet. I båda fallen hade maten inte kunnat säljas.

Men vad som är intressant är att Yahoo (på AFP's begäran) nu har tagit bort bilden av den "vita" händelsen:



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Blogger olydig said...

Länk till videon med Kanye West. Mike Myers ansiktsuttryck är obetalbart...


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