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The Great Hate Flood of 2017
by Jim Goad
Our grieving nation breathed a sigh of relief when the Associated Press broke the news that Hurricane Harvey was not a racist.
“Black, white, rich, poor: Storm Harvey didn’t discriminate,” read the headline, because the important thing to remember is that even though people were drowning by the dozens and disease was spreading rapidly and tens of thousands were losing everything they’ve ever owned, at least we could all clasp hands and celebrate the fact that Harvey—who may or may not be a white male—had no problem with indiscriminately killing human beings of all colors and ethnic backgrounds.
He didn’t just kill blacks. He didn’t just kill poor people. He may have even taken out a Jew or two. Harvey killed them all without prejudice.
In case you didn’t know, the perpetually humid and now vastly underwater urban colossus of Houston, TX, leapfrogged over New York in 2010 to become the nation’s “most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis.” In 1970, nearly two-thirds of Houston was white. Now it’s hovering at about one-quarter and forever plummeting. Hispanics are inching toward an outright majority, and the rest of the city is peppered with blacks and Vietnamese and Asians and possibly even the occasional Martian and chimpanzee enclaves.
For sociology professor Stephen Klineberg of Rice University, this is cause for celebration:
Who knew? Apparently not the legions of leftist fanatics who openly salivated at the idea that thousands of white redneck bigots would be drowning in Texas last week. So eager were they to revel in the idea of a PMS-enraged Goddess punishing these inbred racists with a hurricane and flooding, they didn’t check to see that the area getting walloped went solidly blue in the 2016 elections. The blood-red parts of Texas—where all those foul-spirited subhuman Republican white rednecks live, the ones who put Trump over the top and gave him the nation’s second-largest electoral prize, those morally retarded mutant throwbacks who live and breathe on pure fumes of hatred—were mostly untouched by Harvey’s destruction.
Can you imagine these progressive sadists’ bitter moral agony when informed that there would be no rainbows in Houston until the storms had taken a rainbow coalition of human lives? Can you picture the tears that fell sadly to the ground when they realized that not only white people would be dying?
But such trifling demographic realities didn’t stop the anti-white Hate Storm on Twitter, where to my knowledge no one has ever been banned for saying white people should be killed:
By the by, what’s with the term “racist ass white people”? Am I to infer that only their asses are racist? What about the rest of their bodies? Black American slang is a thing of endless mystery and wonderment.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner—a man not quite as black as a roasted coffee bean but is getting there—graciously assured the city’s estimated 600,000 illegal immigrants that he would block any efforts to deport them should they check into city shelters seeking solace from the storm.
Wait—600,000 illegal immigrants? Houston has more illegal immigrants than either Milwaukee, Las Vegas, or Albuquerque has people?
Modern leftists have developed a unique ability to ignore the actual suffering of their pet protected classes if it gives them a chance to rejoice at the imagined suffering of those fascist Nazi pale-faced crackers they hate with every flabby cell of their smelly bodies.
The editorial staff of French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo—at least the ones who survived the 2015 massacre in their office at the hands of Islamists angered by their irreverent depiction of Muhammad—ran a cover featuring half-submerged Nazi flags and Sieg-Heiling hands along with the headline “God Exists! He drowned all the neo-Nazis in Texas!”
American cartoonists likewise felt the insatiable itch to politicize the meteorological tragedy. Syndicated cartoonist Matt Wuerker felt the need to depict a fat white Texas secessionist in a cowboy hat and a Rebel flag T-shirt thanking God’s angels for rescuing him from the flood, only to be scolded by a member of the Coast Guard that it was actually the big, beautiful, bosomy, beneficent federal government that was helping him.
Bob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette showed Donald Trump rescuing recently pardoned Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio from floodwaters. Nate Beeler of the Columbus Dispatch seized the disaster as an opportunity to once again accuse Trump of the sin of transphobia.
It’s like these assholes can’t help themselves. Their politics are so all-consuming that they drown everything else.
At the University of Tampa—I like to tell people that “Tampa” is actually Spanish for “Tampon,” and they always believe me—assistant sociology professor Kenneth Storey Tweeted that all these imaginary drowning rednecks deserved it:
(In case you’re unaware, “karma” is a word that cowards use when they’re too afraid to administer justice themselves.)
I didn’t see many cartoonists who dared to lampoon the looters in Houston—possibly because they were, how shall I say it, “demographically inconvenient”? Nor did I see many news stories about how some looters shot at rescue boats that came trying to help them. Nor did I see even one cartoon about the fact that many of the volunteer rescuers were those dreaded rednecks.
People are beasts, and times of crisis will often lead many of them to do all sorts of depraved things. Still, many others find a way to get over their differences and help each other, at least until their homes dry out and they’re free once more to ignore one another. But this latest natural disaster proves that if anything brings out the worst in people, it’s politics.
By the way.....the MSM ain't about to get Katrina'd with their own unedited footage THIS time. It took them years last time to get people to believe what they saw with their own eyes somehow never happened. (Kinda like the 1950s!)
So this time they came loaded for imaginary bear.....
Tales of looting, crime often exaggerated after disasters like Harvey, experts say
Janell RossWashington Post
Isabel Torres could not believe it. She rolled down her window to be sure the rain falling against her car's windows had not distorted the events unfolding a few feet away. It hadn't.
Two men, maybe boys - she isn't sure - had just walked out of a big box store closed Sunday due to Hurricane Harvey. Both were carrying objects. At least one had a massive TV perched atop his head.
Torres captured the incident on her cellphone and posted the video on Facebook: "These [guys] do not miss an opportunity !!.. This happened during Harvey storm in Houston Texas . . . !!!!"
As of Friday evening, Torres' video was viewed 1.1 million times. It was aired repeatedly on Fox News.
On Tuesday, Houston city officials instituted a curfew - not because of the dangers posed by live electric wire is in dark standing water or the possibility of vermin, disease and predatory animals. Looting, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said, would not be tolerated in the city.
In the wake of massive disasters, fears about crime and other forms of disorder almost always rise, experts say. But while some people do take advantage of the collective distraction, the fear of crime - particularly looting - typically outstrips the reality, said experts who study storms and recoveries.
There were about 63 people charged with storm-related crimes including burglary and theft from Aug. 26, the day after Harvey made landfall, to this past Thursday, according to the Harris County district attorney's office. Harris County has a population of nearly 5 million people, including the city of Houston.
"Fears of looting are common in disasters and maybe even more common than actual looting itself," said Andy Horowitz, an assistant professor of history at Tulane who focuses on disasters.
He said fear of crime is typical after a massive disaster, when peace of mind goes with the rest. If a person lacks basics like clean underwear and a dry place to put their children to sleep, feeling frazzled and grasping for anything that will restore a sense of order becomes attractive, Horowitz said.
"There's no doubt that on any given day, there are people who are going to steal other people's stuff," said retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honore, who helped oversee the military response to Hurricane Katrina. "But what we see after these storms is a greatly over-exaggerated concern."
In the days and weeks after Katrina made landfall, major news outlets relayed reports of rape and murder inside emergency shelters - many of which were later found to be false and may have delayed aid to evacuees. Some cable news broadcasts looped images of frantic flood survivors scavenging stores for food and supplies.
"That's not looting, that's survival mode," Honore said.
Race and class shaped perceptions after Katrina, experts say. Most of those stranded were both black and poor.
"There's a bias at play. People think that if you're poor or black you're always trying to steal something," Honore said. "These warnings about looting validate the stereotypes that people hold about poor people."
Stories from Katrina frequently depicted groups of black men looking for food and dry land as animal-like bandits, said media and culture researcher Michael Lacy.
Thursday night when Lacey was watching CNN, a reporter asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who led that state through the recovery from the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, what people should expect. "Looting is going to come next," he said.
"I have no idea on what he based that, but that's what he said," Lacey said.
Under Texas law, those convicted of property crimes committed during the state of emergency in Houston can face enhanced sentences, said Dane Schiller, a spokesman with the Harris County district attorney's office.
"The crimes have included breaking into stores and attempting to steal liquor; sports shoes and other items," Schiller told The Washington Post in an email. "Persons have been caught burglarizing homes that have been left uninhabited due to Harvey. One tried to use a sport utility vehicle to smash open an ATM."
The Harris County district attorney has directed prosecutors to "hit looters hard."
Here's that "retired General" who says it's all white people being mean to the poor. Here he is swearing in what I suppose is a soldier of some kind. America, fuck yeah!
Usually, it's the loons on the Right concocting stories of intricate frauds, staged atrocities, and crisis actors. But I guess paranoid schizophrenia isn't just inevitable if you're going to insist the blacks are not just always innocent, but they're secretly all science geniuses too!......it actually comes in handy when you're short an alibi or two.
Racist Twitter Trolls Pose as Houston Looters
The Houston Police Department says very little looting occurred during the first week of flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, citing a total of 18 arrests in the nation’s fourth-largest city as of 1 September 2017. You might not have received that impression if you’re a heavy Twitter user, however, thanks to the proliferation of dozens of tweets hashtagged #HarveyLootCrew threatening widespread looting and purporting to prove that a great deal of looting had already taken place.
A series of tweets from the accounts (since deleted) of “Jamaal Williams” (@RUthlessFCB) and “Jayrome Williams” (@BrotherTooTurnt), for example, spoke of looting white neighborhoods and “racist Trump supporters”.
Similar tweets issued from other accounts that in many cases were only days or weeks old.
The tweets were taken at face value by some mainstream media outlets (including Click2Houston), as well as by several right-leaning blogs such as Pacific Pundit, DC Clothesline, and Think Americana, with the latter using them as the basis for a report stating that “far leftists promote looting of homes and businesses of only Trump supporters”.
What we found when we looked at the tweets carefully, however, was that all of them were fake, originating from troll accounts set up under assumed identities. None of the photos depict anything that actually took place in Houston, much less in 2017. The image immediately above, for example, dates from 2009. The group photo of gang members in the tweet above that one originally appeared in the New York Daily News 2013. The image captioned “Crack open tha liquor store” was previously seen on the Internet in 2014. And the photo used in the “We lootin this bitch” tweet actually depicts a riot that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2016.
It isn’t difficult to discern the motivation behind these fake tweets, which were obviously created to sow fear and racial hatred in a time of crisis. We have not only seen this phenomenon before, we have seen it perpetrated by the same bad actors.