Kanye, Sean, Jesse, Al, and Louis – report to the woodshed:
Statistics released by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals suggest that fewer than half of the victims of Hurricane Katrina were black, and that whites died at the highest rate of all races in New Orleans.
Liberals in the aftermath of the storm were quick to allege that the Bush administration delayed its response to the catastrophe because most of the victims were black.
Damu Smith, founder of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, in September said that the federal government “ignored us, they forgot about us … because we look like we look.”
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in October said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency wasn’t fit to help the storm’s victims because “there are not enough blacks high up in FEMA” and added that, “certainly the Red Cross is the same.”
Rapper Kanye West used his time on NBC’s telethon for the hurricane victims to charge that, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
But the state’s demographic information suggests that whites in New Orleans died at a higher rate than minorities. According to the 2000 census, whites make up 28 percent of the city’s population, but the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals indicates that whites constitute 36.6 percent of the storm’s fatalities in the city.