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4 November, Baltimore The next night I’m in Baltimore at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The program kicks off with music by the Lionel Lyles Quartet, a young, swinging modern jazz group who played 70s classics like Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints,” Freddie Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower,” and a gorgeous “In A Sentimental Mood” a la Duke & Trane, the piano solo was really killing on that one. The band opened the program and played in between the poetry sets. Jerome Harris, one of the behind-the-scenes organizers, formally opened the program reading off a list of libraries wiped out by Katrina. He ended with the sobering note that all but 19 out of over 200 New Orleans public library employees were laid off. The purpose of this program is to raise funds to support public libraries affected by Katrina.  Hurricane Library Relief

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I just clicked on to ChickenBones because you said you were posting various articles, and oh me, oh my, I saw my photo & words, in dialogue with you and Kalamu.  I am honored to be in yall’s company, two righteous brothers whose views I respect.  There are many other voices there that I plan to listen to.  I’ve been trying to get back to my work–the book that’s been on the back burner for so long–but I can’t focus;  someone calls or I get a long e-mail that deserves response or something else comes up.  How do you write in the midst of this madness?

Conversations with Miriam

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I certainly have to ask what has love to do with it when I read about the white South African farmer who has been given a life sentence for killing a black South African and feeding his body to lions, and then hear a handful of black and white South African students insist that the crime was not necessarily racially motivated. Such postmodern deconstruction of death unsettles me, because such postmodern deconstructive attitudes are championed in various circles of American higher education.

How do such attitudes color love or its opposite? How powerfully active are such attitudes in the discussions and plans to reconstruct life in New Orleans and other sites devastated by our recent hurricanes; in the covert forums conducted by private conservative and liberal (or gliberal, to use Ishmael Reed’s word from years past) foundations and semi-public agencies of government?

And what poison leaks into my ideal notions about love when I read that the United Nations has asked the government of Uganda to stamp out traditional practices of child sacrifice and female genital mutilation in the Mukono and Kayunga districts?  My wonder about what drives traditional practices in Uganda cannot be segregated from my wonder about what drives traditional practices of response to devastated areas and displaced persons in the United States.

Love Should Deflect Contentment

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Post Katrina One Hundred Thousand Yet to Return (Junious Ricardo Stanton)

Treme: Beyond Bourbon Street (HBO)  / NOPD Verdict Reveals Post-Katrina History (Flaherty)

People of Color Less Likely to Own Cars    Katrina-TimeLine    Chuck Siler Response to Katrina

 Conversations with Kind Friends /  Dollar Day–Katrina Klap (Audio-Video)

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Racism: A History, the 2007 BBC 3-part documentary explores the impact of racism on a global scale. It was part of the season of programs on the BBC marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. It’s divided into 3 parts.

The first, The Colour of Money . . . Racism: A History [2007]—1/3

Begins the series by assessing the implications of the relationship between Europe, Africa and the Americas in the 15th century. It considers how racist ideas and practices developed in key religious and secular institutions, and how they showed up in writings by European philosophers Aristotle and Immanuel Kant.

The second, Fatal Impact . . . Racism: A History [2007] – 2/3

Examines the idea of scientific racism, an ideology invented during the 19th century that drew on now discredited practices such as phrenology and provided an ideological justification for racism and slavery. The episode shows how these theories ultimately led to eugenics and Nazi racial policies of the master race.

And the 3rd, A Savage Legacy . . .  Racism: A History [2007] – 3/3

Examines the impact of racism in the 20th century. By 1900 European colonial expansion had reached deep into the heart of Africa. Under the rule of King Leopold II, the Belgian Congo was turned into a vast rubber plantation. Men, women and children who failed to gather their latex quotas would have their limbs dismembered. The country became the scene of one of the century’s greatest racial genocides, as an estimated 10 million Africans perished under colonial rule.

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Hurricane Library Relief

featuring  Kalamu ya Salaam


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Correspondence (E-Mail)


Call for Artists and Photographers  (Chuck Siler)

Conversations with Miriam (Rudy, Miriam)

Defining Religion, Describing Religious Practice (19 October; Wilson, Rudy)

Do New Orleans Folk Have a Choice?  (Kalamu, Rudy, Miriam)

Governor says everyone must leave New Orleans

HBCUs & Black Educators   

Jerry Ward Reports on Dillard (Jerry Ward, Mona Lisa, Miriam)

Katrina & Kalamu (Rudy, Miriam, Clare, and others)

Katrina New Orleans Flood Index    Aug 31- Sept 1    Sept 2    Sept 3    Sept  4   Sept  5

Magical Negro: The Root (Arthur Flowers)

Responsibility of Blacks in Cyberspace

(Rudy, Miriam, Joyce, Ethelbert)

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Discussions Regarding Revolutionary Suicide & Nathaniel Turner


The Acklyn Model Not Sufficient (6 October)

Conversations with Miriam and Wilson (1 October)

Corporate Colony, Civic Virtue (7 October)

Death of the Black Church (17 October; liberation of black female religious)

The Defection of Eldridge Cleaver & Reactionary Suicide (30 September; Huey)

Defining Religion, Describing Religious Practice (19 October)

Egalitarian Slaveowners (4 October)

Empowerment Temples & Ideological Orchestrators (29 September)

Feel-Good Giving & Capital

I Am We (28 September; Huey)

Love Should Deflect Contentment  (2 October)

Manifesto Revolutionary Suicide: The Way of Liberation  (6 October; Huey)

Political Movements, White Issues (5 October)

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New Orleans neighborhoods that suffered worst flooding lost most residents, census data show—6 February 2011—In New Orleans, several public housing complexes, including the largely demolished Big Four developments, were among the neighborhoods that experienced the largest exodus. The Lower 9th Ward, which became a global icon of Katrina’s destruction, also was virtually emptied, losing about 80 percent of its inhabitants. . . . In all, about 90 percent of New Orleans’ 70-plus neighborhoods lost population between 2000 and 2010. About a dozen neighborhoods lost more than half their residents, while in nearly 20 others, the 2010 population was between 30 and 50 percent smaller than in 2000, according to separate surveys by consulting firm GCR & Associates and the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. . . .Five years after Katrina prompted the largest mass migration in modern American history, the city’s overall population stood last year at 343,829 people, a 29 percent drop since the last head count a decade earlier and 3 percent less than the Census Bureau had estimated in July 2009.—NOLA

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 The Importance of Civil Disobedience in Post-Katrina New Orleans By Elizabeth Cook


Professor Celia Chazelle Advocates Christian Social Activism


Roland Martin Reflects on Obama


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Kalamu Correspondence

All Hands on Deck (Kalamu)

Hurricane Library Relief (Kalamu)


Kalamu Needs Work (Kalamu)

kalamu on the road  9 oct 2005

Kalamu Travel Update (Kalamu)

Kalamu Update (“I’m in Nashville”) 

Kalamu update 30 sept 2005  (in New York)

Listen To The People (Kalamu)

LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE: The Neo-Griot New Orleans Project

Neo-Griot Workshop (Kalamu)

quick notes from the field (Kalamu)

where in the world is kalamu  

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Slumdog Tourism—By Kennedy Odede—Nairobi, Kenya August 9, 2010—Slum tourism has a long history—during the late 1800s, lines of wealthy New Yorkers snaked along the Bowery and through the Lower East Side to see “how the other half lives.”

But with urban populations in the developing world expanding rapidly, the opportunity and demand to observe poverty firsthand have never been greater. The hot spots are Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai—thanks to Slumdog Millionaire, the film that started a thousand tours—and my home, Kibera, a Nairobi slum that is perhaps the largest in Africa.

Slum tourism has its advocates, who say it promotes social awareness. And it’s good money, which helps the local economy.But it’s not worth it. Slum tourism turns poverty into entertainment, something that can be momentarily experienced and then escaped from.

 People think they’ve really “seen” something—and then go back to their lives and leave me, my family and my community right where we were before. I was 16 when I first saw a slum tour. I was outside my 100-square-foot house washing dishes, looking at the utensils with longing because I hadn’t eaten in two days. Suddenly a white woman was taking my picture. I felt like a tiger in a cage. Before I could say anything, she had moved on. When I was 18, I founded an organization that provides education, health and economic services for Kibera residents. A documentary filmmaker from Greece was interviewing me about my work.

As we made our way through the streets, we passed an old man defecating in public. The woman took out her video camera and said to her assistant, “Oh, look at that.” For a moment I saw my home through her eyes: feces, rats, starvation, houses so close together that no one can breathe. I realized I didn’t want her to see it, didn’t want to give her the opportunity to judge my community for its poverty—a condition that few tourists, no matter how well intentioned, could ever understand. NYTimes

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Katrina New Orleans Flood Index

What’s Going On by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band  /  Louis Armstrong—Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans

Kid Ory 2—Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

Fats Domino—Do You Know What It Means, To Miss New Orleans

Billie Holiday—Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

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Billie Holiday—Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

Performed by Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong (New Orleans 1947)

Music by Louis Alter, Arthur Lubin,  Zutty Singleton, Barney Bigard,

Kid Ory, Bud Scott, Red Callender & Charlie Beal

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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

                                                              Lyrics by Eddie Delange.  

Do you know what is means to miss New Orleans? And miss it each night and day I know I’m not wrong the feeling’s getting stronger The longer I stay away Miss the moist covered vines, the tall sugar pines Where mocking birds used to sing And I’d like to see the lazy Mississippi… a hurrying into spring The Mardi Gras memories of creole tunes that filled the air I dream of oleanders in June And soon I’m wishing that I was there Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? When that’s where you left your heart And there’s something more I miss the one I care for More than I miss New Orleans

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Dianne Reeves—Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

Aaron Neville—Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

Sweet Home New Orleans—Dr. John

James Rivers—New Orleans Zulu Lundi Gras JAZZ

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Katrina Essays 

Bush seen as doing too little, too late  (Richard Luscombe)

Cataclysmic Katrina (M. Quinn)

Christmas in New Orleans

Civil Disobedience in Post Katrina New Orleans

The Conspiracy to Whiten New Orleans

The Cost of a Chocolate City: Race and the Casualties of Hurricane Katrina 

The Contradictions of Black Comprador Rule 

Deliverance from Marksville

The Difference Between being Displaced and a Refugee  (Tamara Nopper)

Dreamers Die Young 

Eighteen Months After Katrina

FEMA Evicting 50,000 Families

Hold the United States Accountable

How the Free Market Killed New Orleans (Michael Parenti)

Hurricane Katrina: The People Did Not Have to Die (Carl Dix)

Hurricane Looting Not Over Yet  (Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.)

The Impact of Katrina Race and Class

Katrina, Bush, and Capitalism Tea Party Anyone? (Mary Meekins)

Katrina killed those already dying

Katrina Made Me a Better Archaeologist

Katrina Refugee Housing (Charles Shea)

Leaving the Poor Behind Again! (Bill Quigley)

Letter from Michael Moore You hang in there, Mr. Bush

Losing New Orleans  (Maxwell)

Media as a Weapon: New Orleans’ 2-Cent

Media Crisis and Grassroots Response

Millions More A Tale of Two Cities From DC to Toledo (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)

Missing School in the Big Easy

Nagin’s Reelection as Mayor of New Orleans

New Orleans a Ghost Town?   (Bill Quigley)

New Orleans is Modern America

New Orleans Peoples Committee Organizing

New Orleans: The American Nightmare (Amin Sharif


NOPD Verdict Reveals Post-Katrina History (Flaherty)

Notes from Inside New Orleans (Jordan Flaherty)

People of Color Owning Cars

The People of the Dome

Plan Designed to Take Treme? (a report)

The People of the Dome  (Mitchel Cohen)

The Plan for Public Housing in New Orleans  (Carl Dix)

Portrait of a Suicide/Death in Yellow Flooding

Post Katrina One Hundred Thousand Yet to Return (Junious Ricardo Stanton)

Potential to Double Black Entrepreneurship

Press dismay at Katrina chaos ( BBC NEWS)

Protesters Pepper Sprayed, Tasered, Arrested (Carl Dix)

Race and the Casualties of Hurricane Katrina

The Real Looting   (Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright)

Return to Pontchartrain Park

Six Years After Katrina The Battle for New Orleans Continues (Jordan Flaherty)

So Poor, So Black! (Maxwell)

Time Longer Than Rope (Maxwell)

Tom Watson Running for Mayor of New Orleans

Viewpoint: New Orleans crisis shames US  (Matt Wells)

Wall Street Bailout, New Orleans Recovery (Borders)

“What’s with Mayor Nagin?” 

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Address on the Battle for New Orleans  (Rudolph Lewis)

After Katrina . . . (Latorial Faison)

After the Hurricanes (Jerry Ward)

Big Easy Blues (Amin Sharif)

Can You Quilt a Life, Now Dead? (Rudolph Lewis)

George Bush Doesn’t Care  (Legendary KO lyrics)

George Bush Don’t Like Black People (Audio)

I Gave My Heart to That Woman (Rudolph Lewis)

I’m in the Eye of Katrina (Joe Williams)

It Ain’t About Race (Claire Carew)

Katrina  (Caroline Maun)

Neighbors and Invaders (Mackie Blanton)


No Woman to Be Rollin (Rudolph Lewis)

Portrait of a Suicide/Death in Yellow Flooding

A Prayer for Our Enemies

Sitting ducks at the superdome (Claire Carew)

A Survivor’s Poem  (Denay Fields)

There’s No Way Out This Sadness?   (Rudolph Lewis)

What Does It Mean to Survive N’awlins (Rudolph Lewis)

What Shall It Be, Stick or Broom? (Rudolph Lewis)

Where’s Fats Domino? (Marvin X)


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Christmas in New Orleans

Governor says everyone must leave New Orleans

HBCUs & Black Educators Organize Flood Relief for Refugees

Letter in Support of the Movement in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast: 

Notes on Strategy & Tactics by Eric Mann

New Orleans Flood Relief Bulletin Board  (8/ 31- 9/ 1)   (9/ 2)   9/ 3  9/ 4  9/ 5/2005 

New Orleans People’s Committee  (C. Muhammad)

Parts of New Orleans to open next week 

Plan Designed to Take Treme for the Benefit of Rich People? (Jarvis Q. DeBerry )

Potential to Double Black Entrepreneurship (John William Templeton, Editor)

Saint Augustine Closed

The Storyteller of New Orleans  by Elizabeth D

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K-Ville Cop TV Show

Raymond Miles, “Heaven is the Place” (Gospel music)

We Want Freedom: Life in the Black Party

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Scholarly Studies

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Survivor Stories

Alive in Truth: We’ve recorded fifty full-length oral history interviews with New Orleans narrators. These explore the narrator’s life before, during, and after the flooding of New Orleans.  / Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History and Memory Project / PMB 188 / 603 West 13th St. Suite 1A / Austin, TX 78701/ (512) 653-6539 /

Denise Moore’s Story

Eh, La Bas, Cherie!  (Mackie Blanton)

God Bless Robert and Jason  ( Karen Kossie-Chernyshev) (Life in evacuee shelter)

I am Alive (Niyi Osundare)

from New Orleans Shelters ( Bill Quigley and Debbie Dupre Quigley)

Katrina killed those already dying! ( Joe Williams III)

Larry Bradshaw & Lorrie Beth Slonsky Story

Return to Pontchartrain Park

Survivors Say, “It’s Not Working for Us” – A Slideshow

“They treated us like dogs . . . wristbands”

Transcript of Charmaine Neville’s Story

Who’s Helping the Helpers–Mass Victimology  (Life in evacuee shelter)

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Did a Racist Coup in a Northern Louisiana Town

Overthrow its Black Mayor and Police Chief?

By Jordan Flaherty


                                                                                                                                               District Attorney James Paxton

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Related files

Nooses and a legal lynching in Jena, Louisiana

Update News Reports

Judge in Danziger case sickened by ‘raw brutality of the shooting and the craven lawlessness of the cover-up’ NOLA Crime Index

Investigations: Law and Disorder in New Orleans Police shootings in the week after Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans Police Department shootings after Katrina under scrutiny: NOLA Crime, Law and Disorder Police shootings after Katrina: Was a gun inside a bag a threat to 5 officers?: NOLA Crime Law, and Disorder Police shootings after Katrina: How does a man waving down a police car die from a shotgun blast to his back?  SWAT team sees armed man, shoots him three times, but where’s the gun?: NOLA Crime Law and Disorder

Kalamu Travel Update–LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE: The Neo-Griot New Orleans Project — Building A Database

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September 14, 2004: Whipping winds and walloping waves, strengthened to a Category 5 storm, lashed godless Cuba. It was Hurricane Ivan. It was the biggest storm in living memory. No casualties. Not one single causality. August 29, 2005: A category 5 storm, assigned the name Hurricane Katrina, hits god-fearing USA and sinks a whole city. Why this discrepancy?The reason is simple. With military logistics, Cuba evacuated 1.3 million people, 10 per cent of its population, in the tobacco-growing province of Pinar del Rio in western Cuba. —Farooq Sulehria A tale of two hurricanes     Katrina New Orleans Flood Index

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We Are No Longer the Refugees & Immigrants

Blacks in Need of Katrina Refugee Housing  & Other People of Color (Charles Chea)

 Read Newsweek’s The Other America (9/28)

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Hurricane Katrina: Did the Chinese Help 

the Bush Administration Oppress African Americans?

By Kam Hei Tsuei

Chinatown Blues

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Questioning the Bones (Rudy)   Everybody’s got to sew, sew, sew . . . Big Chief Monk Boudreaux  

Educating the Displaced on Military Bases, is it legal, is it good?: A number of states, including Utah and Texas, want to teach some of the dispersed Gulf Coast students in shelters instead of in local public schools, a stance supported by the Bush administration and some private education providers. But advocates for homeless families and civil rights oppose that approach. — Separate but Equal? Schooling Of Evacuees Provokes Debate THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Can wealthy whites change the racial composition of New Orleans? One of the great concerns right now in New Orleans is businessmen talking openly of wanting to see New Orleans change . . . . You have an overt agenda to change the racial makeup of the city, the economic makeup of the city, and you have these very wealthy people hiring private mercenary types to guard their property and their interests. . . . .  very wealthy, powerful people backed up by men with guns that they are not welcome in the city that they have lived in their whole life. We have a potential, I think, for serious, overt conflict, hot conflict here in New Orleans as people start coming back in.– The Militarization of New Orleans: Jeremy Scahill Reports from Louisiana

Message to Black Leaders: “When  you go down on the battlefield / You better not kneel, you better not run.”  (The Bones Have Spoken)


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In the case of a mandatory evacuation order during a disaster, 33% of Latinos, 27% of African Americans, and 23% of whites say that lack of transportation would be an obstacle preventing them from evacuating, according to the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

Evacuation planning tends to focus on traffic management for those with cars and on institutionalized people, not on non-institutionalized people without vehicles. New Orleans had only one-quarter the number of buses that would have been needed to evacuate all carless residents.

In the counties affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, only 7% of white households have no car, compared with 24% of black, 12% of Native American and 14% of Latino households. People of Color Owning Cars

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  Rootsblog — Katrina Commentary: The Players & Complexities of  The Game


Magical Negro: The Root

Where’s the Afrospiritual Practitioners?

“effective instruments of empowerment”

Rootwork By Patricia R. Schroeder   Rootwork and the Prophetic Impulse

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Anyway, Al ain’t leaving.  Neither is his friend Jim “Lucky” Osborne or the other man who didn’t say a word the whole time I stood there.  When I asked about the Backstreet Cultural Museum, which houses some suits from big chiefs of the past, he said that he was keeping watch over it.  “I’m the security for the Backstreet and ‘OZ,” he said.  He was referring to WWOZ, the public radio station in adjacent Armstrong Park.  There wasn’t anybody in Treme I knew or had heard of that Al didn’t.  

Kalamu (who used to work out of there, both with NOMMO and ‘OZ), both Lolis Elies (the civil rights attorney and the columnist for The Times-Picayune), Father Jerome Ledoux of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Jerome Smith of Tambourine and Fan.  I knew the Elies were okay because I’d seen Lolis Eric, his mother and his sister.  Chief Al told me that Jerome Smith was fine and that Father Ledoux was packing up because he’d been sufficiently frightened by the armed people saying that everybody had to clear out. “This not communism,” he told me.  “I don’t know where in the hell (Mayor) Nagin gets off thinking he can do that,” i.e. make people leave.  He believes the evacuation plan is designed to take Treme for the benefit of rich people.  Plan Designed to Take Treme

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A thousand voices / agonizing in deep / water with no / relief in sight — “Exodus”   Artwork by Charles Siler, N’awlins Survivor

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Specifically, I find that the actual number of white deaths in each of the three parishes is lower than would be expected based on the size and age of the white population in the affected areas; by contrast, the actual number of black deaths is larger than would be expected. 

Thus, the impression that this storm took the largest toll on New Orleans’ black population appears to be validated empirically.  And while race is clearly not the only story here, these findings confirm that it is deeply implicated in this and every aspect of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.  When Katrina swept through New Orleans, it exposed the hidden racial inequalities that characterize urban America.  Americans saw with their own eyes what urban scholars have long known: relative to whites of similar socio-economic status, racial and ethnic minorities live in communities that are severely disadvantaged.  These communities have fewer economic opportunities and less political influence, they are poorer and more violent, and they are more vulnerable to a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina. 

By recognizing Katrina as both a social and a natural disaster, we reinforce the role that public policy can play before a disaster occurs.  In particular, policies designed to de-concentrate poverty and create viable, safe communities have the potential to mitigate the vulnerability of any single population to the dangers of a tragedy such as Katrina.  Race and the Casualties of Hurricane Katrina

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“New Orleans: Second Line — Walking in Water” Artwork by Charles Siler, N’awlins Survivor

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to tear down more than 4,600 public housing units in four complexes across the city — while replacing them with private, mixed-income developments that will set aside only 744 apartments for low-income people. The decision to demolish these public complexes, which suffered only relatively minor damage during Hurricane Katrina, comes as rents across the city have doubled since the storm — as has the homeless population. The activists are asking concerned citizens across the country to join the actions in New Orleans or to take action at home. According to a statement from Kali Akuno, director of the Stop the Demolition Coalition: What is at stake with the demolition of public housing in New Orleans is more than just the loss of housing units: it destroys any possibility for affordable housing in New Orleans for the foreseeable future. Without access to affordable housing, thousands of working class New Orleanians will be denied their human right to return.— Southern Studies

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Just a Mardi Gras Charade


By Rudolph Lewis


The forest night is domed in dark purple

as stars twinkle crisp & clear. The moon rises

after midnight. My head refuses a pillow.

On a New Orleans internet radio

station old blues records keep on spinning.

The river & lake keep rising, bursting

through levees; our people are still screaming,

still wading, waving from roof tops, to be

rescued. Water, water everywhere, none

to quench the thirst; food, food is everywhere

but there is none for black stomachs, babies

cry, no ears can hear, some hearts get harder.

Here in this forest on dry land, it’s just

a dream. This can’t be in America.

18 August 2006

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Seige of New Orleans:  FEMA deliberately withheld water to the people at the convention center because (and I paraphrase the head of the Red Cross) “If we give them water they won’t leave.” . . . . The orders are clear: “Empty the city, Cut off communications between the citizenry, and Protect private property.” The result is a massive ethnic cleansing operation that will displace tens of thousands of poor, black residents and pave the way for Halliburton and other major Bush contributors to rebuild the city at taxpayer expense. This is the clearest illustration of class-based warfare we have seen to date, but we expect more will follow. Mike Whitney

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Eh, La Bas, Cherie! 

A Letter from Mackie Blanton


Katrina killed those already dying!

By Joe Williams III

“This is the bottom of the slave ship we are looking at.”  — Jesse Jackson in New Orleans

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I want to go home / I don’t won’t to go nowhere else.  — N’awlins Survivor, Bronzeville, Texas

Questioning the Bones (Rudy) — Everybody’s got to sew, sew, sew . . . Big Chief Monk Boudreaux  

Genocide by Any Means Is Genocide—Cleansing Ghettos & Trailer Parks—Acceptable Losses—Poor Sacrificed for Rich to Survive—16 million whites – 8 million blacks – 6 million Hispanics—No Conspiracy but Conservative Right Politics—Summarizing Bill Fletcher’s Titanic Metaphor The Titanic Of Our Era—Is This America? America, Please!

New Orleans Flood 2005 displaced 186,000  students – 25,700 school employees. Will Congress appropriate the $2.4 billion to cover employee salaries, retirement, and insurance? America Are We Gonna Be Ready for the Holiday? America, Please!

Message to Black Leaders: “When  you go down on the battlefield / You better not kneel, you better not run.”  (The Bones Have Spoken)

The Great New Orleans Land Grab: The 17th Street Canal levy was breeched on purpose?

On Rumors against Black Life & History — David Carr, More Horrible Than Truth”  

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Responsibility of Blacks in Cyberspace

  An Open Letter to E. Ethelbert Miller By Rudolph Lewis

We were never absent / or invisible / we were always here  In Shadows There Are Men

Was the flooding of New Orleans a terrorist attack on an American city, like 9/11?: New Orleans, LA — Divers inspecting the ruptured levee walls surrounding New Orleans found something that piqued their interest: Burn marks on underwater debris chunks from the broken levee wall! One diver, a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saw the burn marks and knew immediately what caused them. He secreted a small chunk of the cement inside his diving suit and later arranged for it to be sent to trusted military friends at a The U.S. Army Forensic Laboratory at Fort Gillem, Georgia for testing. . . . If these allegations prove true, the ruptured levee which flooded New Orleans was a deliberate act of mass destruction perpetrated by someone with access to military- grade UNDERWATER high explosives.  More details as they become available . . . . .  Michael Treis

Message to Black Leaders: “When  you go down on the battlefield / You better not kneel, you better not run.”  (The Bones Have Spoken)

Who Gains from our Loss: the heavily armed thugs of Wackenhut Security and Blackwater USA to the often well-meaning but ineffective bureaucrats of Red Cross and FEMA, to the Scientology missionaries crowding the shelters, to journalists and disaster-gazers taking up a chunk of available housing, to the major multinationals such as Halliburton, working in concert with rich elites from Uptown New Orleans seeking partners with which to exploit this tragedy. . . .

Rosa Clemente [from shelters in Baton Rouge to Houston] spoke of stores around the area of the shelters that have signs saying that shelter residents are not welcome, and she said that people in the shelters are completely cut off from news about the outside world. . . .  

This militarization of New Orleans stands in stark contradiction to the people’s efforts at reconstruction. The Common Ground Collective, in the Algiers area of New Orleans, has built a community health center and food distribution network serving, according to organizer Malik Rahim’s estimate, about 16,000 people in New Orleans Parish and surrounding areas such as Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes. “Have the police helped us?” asked one local organizer, “no, they’ve stood in our way at every turn.”– Jordan Flaherty, “Disasters”    Black Leaders Also Failed New Orleans Poor — Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Leaders on New Orleans Say: NAACP: Support Black BusinessmenMr. Bush: No Tax Raise–Decrease Wages

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Rudy’s Amazing Facts   —  Speculation on the future of New Orleans

The mostly African-American neighborhoods of New Orleans are largely underwater, and the people who lived there have scattered across the country. . . .”People can’t survive a year temporarily— they’ll go somewhere, get a job and never come back,” said Calvin Fayard, a wealthy white plaintiffs’ lawyer. . . .

Mr. Reiss [James Reiss, descendent of an old-line Uptown family] acknowledges that shrinking parts of the city occupied by hardscrabble neighborhoods would inevitably result in fewer poor and African-American residents.

Black politicians have controlled City Hall here since the late 1970s, but the wealthy white families of New Orleans have never been fully eclipsed. Stuffing campaign coffers with donations, these families dominate the city’s professional and executive classes, including the white-shoe law firms, engineering offices, and local shipping companies. White voters often act as a swing bloc, propelling blacks or Creoles into the city’s top political jobs. That was the case with Mr. Nagin, who defeated another African American to win the mayoral election in 2002.

Creoles, as many mixed-race residents of New Orleans call themselves, dominate the city’s white-collar and government ranks and tend to ally themselves with white voters on issues such as crime and education, while sharing many of the same social concerns as African-American voters. Though the flooding took a toll on many Creole neighborhoods, it’s likely that Creoles will return to the city in fairly large numbers, since many of them have the means to do so.—  Christopher Cooper, “Speculation on the future of New Orleans…”The Wall Street Journal (9/8/05)


Post-Katrina Redevelopment excludes ‘poor and working-class black New Orleanians from returning home’—Katrina pummeled nearly 51,700 rentals in the area. More than 29,000 affordable-rent units vanished. The social-service coalition UNITY estimated last year that homelessness had roughly doubled to about 12,000 people across New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish. Yet HUD has opposed a recent proposal in Congress to mandate that all demolished units are comparably replaced in the redevelopment process. Meanwhile, using HUD’s data, advocates estimate that restoring the projects would cost less than demolition and redevelopment. . . . The Brookings Institute, a centrist think tank, reports that over two years since Katrina made landfall, the area still counts among the casualties about two fifths of its public schools and two fifths of its hospitals. Of over $2 billion in federal funds allocated for infrastructure restoration in Orleans Parish, only about 30 percent has actually been distributed to projects. ‘It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy on the government’s part,’ says Anita Sinha, an attorney with the Advancement Project, one of the groups litigating the class-action suit. ‘They’re making it such that people can’t come home.’ Women’s International Perspective

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Effective Strategy (9/8/05)

  Read Newsweek’s The Other America (9/28), an appeal to MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA (the neo-con base)

Dear Rudy

While I think it appropriate that we not close our eyes to the racial implications and class interpretations of the man-made, ecological disaster in New Orleans, at the same time we must remind the white middle class and the white working class that this is not simply a problem of inner-city blacks and poor rednecks.  The cynical neo-conservative leaders would like to have the white middle class believe that only poor black folks and trailer park whites are affected by this disaster. 

This will allow them to continue with their destructive governmental practices, which serve the short-term interests of big business.   The only way to mitigate the viciousness of this system is to convince the white middle class that they too are getting screwed.   This was the strategy effectively utilized by the smartest black leaders during the Vietnam War.  Middle America will not resist the government until they realize that government policies are harmful to Middle America.   As long as they believe that the only victims are poor blacks and trailer park whites, they will never resist the Neo-cons.

As ever,


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Blackwater Mercenaries in New Orleans: Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans. Some of the mercenaries say they have been “deputized” by the Louisiana governor. Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo, TruthOut Report

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60 business people and public officials from New Orleans gathered in Dallas with Mayor Ray Nagin to discuss the future of the city. . . . One of [the] organizers [Dallas Sept. 10 meeting] was Nagin’s Regional Transportation Authority chief, Jimmy Reiss, a white businessman who was quoted that week in the Wall Street Journal saying that some people who want to rebuild the city foresee a town with a new demographic of fewer poor people. To some in the city, the story painted an impression of an elitist cadre of white New Orleans leaders callous to the plight of the city’s poor. “It was an extremely unfortunate article,” said Bill Hines, a lawyer and leader of the economic development group Greater New Orleans Inc. who attended the Dallas meeting. The story enraged a number of black state lawmakers and New Orleans City Council members, including Council President Oliver Thomas, state Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, and Sen. Diana Bajoie, both D-New Orleans, who confronted Nagin in a public meeting Sept. 12 at the state Capitol. They expressed concern that Nagin and the Dallas group of mostly white businessmen were coordinating a recovery program assuming that a large portion of poor African-Americans would be discouraged from returning to the city. — Racial tension mars initial discussions Times-Picayune  9/18/05

Message to Black Leaders: “When  you go down on the battlefield / You better not kneel, you better not run.”  (The Bones Have Spoken)

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Over 150 dogs and other animals were evacuated from an animal hospital after their owners had left town without them 

A truckload of evacuees arrives at the Metairie evacuation center outside New Orleans

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Problem with lack of information–While basic needs — food, water, clothing, shelter — have been met with remarkable hospitality, the survivors of the hurricane inside the Astrodome complex say they continue to suffer from a lack of information. — Joel Johnson


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Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

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Guarding the Flame of Life / Strange Fruit Lynching Report

The Katrina Papers, by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. $18.95  The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008)

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The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008) is a marvelous resource! It’s not like any encyclopedia I’ve seen before. Already, I have spent hours reading through the various entries. So much is there: people, themes, issues, events, bibliographies, etc., related to Wright. Yours is a monumental contribution! The more I read Wright (and about him), the more I am amazed at the depth and breadth of his work and its impact on the worlds of literature, philosophy, politics, sociology, history, psychology, etc. He was formidable! Floyd W. Hayes

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Black Rage in New Orleans Police Brutality and African American Activism from World War II to Hurricane Katrina

By Leonard N. Moore

In Black Rage in New Orleans, Leonard N. Moore traces the shocking history of police corruption in the Crescent City from World War II to Hurricane Katrina and the concurrent rise of a large and energized black opposition to it. In New Orleans, crime, drug abuse, and murder were commonplace, and an underpaid, inadequately staffed, and poorly trained police force frequently resorted to brutality against African Americans. Endemic corruption among police officers increased as the city’s crime rate soared, generating anger and frustration among New Orleans’s black community. Rather than remain passive, African Americans in the city formed anti-brutality organizations, staged marches, held sit-ins, waged boycotts, vocalized their concerns at city council meetings, and demanded equitable treatment. . . . The first book-length study of police brutality and African American protest in a major American city, Black Rage in New Orleans will prove essential for anyone interested in race relations in America’s urban centers. LSU Press


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Men We Love, Men We Hate SAC writings from Douglass, McDonogh 35, and McMain high schools in New Orleans.

An anthology on the topic of men and relationships with men

Ways of Laughing An Anthology of Young Black Voices Photographed & Edited by Kalamu ya Salaam

African Slave Trade: Precolonial History, 1450-1850

By Basil Davidson

The Slave Ship

By Marcus Rediker

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#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

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#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

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#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

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#25 – Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

By  Ilan Pappe

It is amazing, according to Pappe, how the media had not managed to see the similarities between the ethnic cleansing that was happening in Bosnia with the one that is happening in Palestine. According to Drazen Petrovic (pg.2-3), who has dealt with the definition of ethnic cleansing, ethnic cleansing is associated with nationalism, the making of new nation states and national struggle all of which are the driving force within the Zionist ideology of Israel. The consultancy council had used the exact same methods as the methods that were later to be used by the Serbs in Bosnia. In fact Pappe argues that such methods were employed in order to establish the state of Israel in 1948.

The book is divided into 12 chapters with 19 illustrations in black and white, with 7 maps of Palestine and 2 tables. These include old photographs of refugee camps, and maps of Palestine before and after the ethnic cleansing of 1948. Pappe continues his writing as a revisionist historian with the intention of stating the bitter truth to his Israeli contemporaries and the fact that they have to face the truth of their nation being built upon an ethnic cleansing of the population of Palestine. One can sense an optimistic hope in Pappe’s writing when he talks about the few who are in Israel who are aware of their country’s brutal past especially 1948 and the foundation of the state upon ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.—PaLint

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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