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The Facts Are Wrong, but He Stands by Everything Else

Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 01:13 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Remember when malcontent Randall Robinson wrote a short essay stating that America sucks because of what happened to black people in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina? To refresh your memory:

It is reported that black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive. Four days after the storm, thousands of blacks in New Orleans are dying like dogs. No-one has come to help them.

Those are the only purported "facts" in his essay. The rest of it is Robinson’s own ranting and raving about how, because of the "facts" cited at the beginning, he has determined that his country is "a monstrous fraud".

It turns out that the first claim, about black storm survivors being forced to eat corpses to survive, was among the many reported atrocities that never happened. But that still leaves thousands of blacks dying of neglect by their country, right?

Not exactly. As of last week, the Katrina death toll was 1,281. The breakdown by state:

  • Louisiana – 1,035
  • Mississippi – 228
  • Florida – 14
  • Alabama – 2
  • Georgia – 2

If the entire state of Louisiana suffered 1,035 deaths as a result of Katrina, it is impossible that "thousands" died in New Orleans. Those who did die were not all black.

So where does that leave Mr. Robinson? Black hurricane victims were not eating corpses to survive. Thousands of blacks in New Orleans did not die, like dogs or otherwise. That means the two statements upon which he based his entire diatribe, the two horrifying revelations that constituted what he called a "watershed moment in America’s racial history", the events that left him "hopeless" and "sad" about the loss of "the America I strove for", didn’t happen. Oops.

But it matters not. Randall Robinson stands by everything else he wrote. Which is probably for the best. He might choke on the big plate of crow he would have to eat. And the last thing we need is one more Katrina-related death.

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