Whites Suffered More In Katrina Than Blacks
Remember all those howls of outrage from organized liberalism and Jesse Jackson, about how Hurricane Katrina was some kind of racist plot against de po' black folks ob New Orleans? How the evil White racist corporate overlords were allegedly sitting around a boardroom table in Washington, DC conspiring to "commit genocide" against the negro residents of the Big Easy? About how George Bush "left de po' black folks to die" on their roofs, as part of some kind of deliberate strategy to seize their real estate and develop it into Starbucks and yuppie condos?
Well, looks like it ain't necessarily so. 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 during the hurricane. This especially applies to the storm-wrecked Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where the resident population was in fact majority White, although with a hefty black minority as has always been the case in the Mississippi Delta.
The Louisiana state demographic information suggests that whites in New Orleans itself died at a higher rate than minorities. According to the 2000 census, whites made 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. Also, it should be born in mind that those statistics are only good for the city limits of New Orleans itself. There are many suburbs in places like Gretna, Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Pontchartrain, etc. where the city's White population fled from the black tide, and these areas were just as devastated as the inner city itself. Although not within the levees, that part of Louisiana is very low-lying, only a few feet above sea level, so flooding was almost as bad.
Blacks make up 67.25 percent of the population and 59.1 percent of the deceased. Overall for the state, 658 bodies have been identified, which is a bad death toll, but nowhere near the tens of thousands of deaths that the NAACP and Jesse Jacksons and Louis Farrakhan are screaming about. Forty-seven percent of the dead were black, and 42 percent were Caucasian. The remaining bodies were either non-black minorities or undetermined. An additional 247 victims have not been identified, so their demographic information has not been released. The actual death toll seems to have been under 1000, although it's true that a number of people are still just plain unaccounted for.
Property damage was actually inflicted proportionately far more on White residents of the suburbs of New Orleans, due to the fact that most Whites owned their houses, which were of far more value than the little negro shotgun shacks in the Ninth Ward. A large number of blacks lived in government housing projects and so, although they did lose their homes, it's not as if they incurred an actual personal financial loss. In many cases, bleeding-heart charities, FEMA, and other government agencies have given black New Orleans refugees homes in other parts of the country which are worth far more than the tumble-down shacks and decrepit housing projects they left behind.
The simple fact is that White people lost more in last year's deadly hurricane season because they had more to lose, since White people actually work and accumulate wealth and assets instead of lying around drinking Thunderbird and waiting for the government to provide for them like blacks do.