Thursday, October 06, 2005
First there is this wonderful feel good story in September after the hurricane about a local community building housing for about 50 displaced people from Mississippi. Unfortunately it turned. I wrote about how soon these communities would turn against their better natures out of fear.
Here's the lede:
After an emotional public hearing last night in this Henry County rural community, the welcome mat was pulled from a temporary housing project for hurricane evacuees.
Indeed it was. The pastor calls it prejudice. And pointed out a number of things:
Mr. Barnett said that the media has portrayed the hurricane victims as "angry blacks" who have a welfare mentality, and who have been in the welfare system for a long time. "It does not take a rocket scientist to look around and see that there are no black people among us," he said, adding that "there is a lot of racial prejudice in northwest Ohio, in this area."
He further said that blacks are not here "because they are not welcomed here."
(snip) Mrs. Ripke said she and others are not prejudiced and are offended by his comments, but residents are parents who are worried about the safety of their children.
The main goal, she said, is to protect the children and she questioned how the church would keep the community safe if the evacuees came, noting that the community lacks a local police department.
Yes, the fear has seived up past the goodwill of humanity and has once again turned Americans away from assisting other Americans. It's a sad day for Ohio. It's a sad day for all of us. Digby has been all over this issue of fear of African Americans and has done some wonderful research -- go check him out.