Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Writing in The Nation, A C Thompson has a disturbing story of how, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the residents of an exclusive, whites-only, non-flooded suburb or New Orleans got together, got some guns and pickups, and started shooting black people to "defend their neighbourhood" - with widespread neighbourhood support. They killed at least four people, and injured many more, but the New Orleans Police Department is completely uninterested. And there's no doubt it was racial - residents talked openly about "shooting niggers".

Equal under the law? Not if the murderers are white and the victims are black, it seems.

[Hat-tip: Orcinus]