Thursday, 4 March 2010

Hurricane Katrina and African Americans

This American news article from CBSNEWS is based around the idea of the views of white American towards African American after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. The first line that shows these feelings is 'CBS Radio News reports that New Orleans City Councilman Oliver Thomas said people are too afraid of black people to go in and save them’. This statement only shows one stereotype as it is saying that all African Americans at the time in New Orleans where to scary to go in and save which could have been true so some of the African Americans that that articles then goes on to say where ‘rumoured of shootings and riots and making people afraid to take in people who are being portrayed as thugs and thieves. ‘ This view of the African American people should not be put on all African American people as these actions being described where not preformed by all but only by sum. The rest of the article goes on to say that the help for the people that where hit by the hurricane was so slow in coming maybe becomes a large amount of the people in need where poor and black. But then there is the side of members of president bush’s party like secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who is said to have downplayed the situation by saying "That Americans would somehow in a color-affected way decide who to help and who not to help, I, I just don't believe it," she said. "The African-American community has obviously been very heavily affected. But people are doing what they can for Americans. Nobody wants to see any American suffer." Which show a different said of the argument that it was not because the people in need where black but because people would and did decided for themselves but not based on the colour of someone’s skin if they would help or not and how quickly they would.

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