Spike Lee, Michel Martin from ABC News, and Tucker Carlson appeared on Bill Maher's show recently (video) and discussed the conspiracy theories about levees being blown up. The only problem is that one of the theories they discuss appears to be coming true. Let's go to the tape:
Bill Maher: Farrakhan said he thinks the feds wanted to flood the poor black districts... I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I don't believe it, but when you see some of the things that have gone on in this country...
Spike Lee: It's not far-fetched... it's not necessarily 'blow it up', [uses Compton vs. Beverly Hills example to say that they could have decided to help rich areas first instead of poor areas]...
Maher: But that's different from proactively blowing up a levee to flood one neighborhood...
Michel Martin chimes in, saying it would require a massive conspiracy...
Lee chimes in about the stolen election...
Tucker Carlson: I was in New Orleans right after the hurricane... while I didn't hear anyone say the levee was blown up by the federal government, I did hear a bunch of people... who thought this was part of a conspiracy to rid New Orleans of black people... they honestly believed that... I didn't argue with them... I felt bad for them...
Let's examine the facts that might lead people to suspect that:
Obviously, a lot of people are going to think there was a conspiracy such as described by Carlson. Wouldn't they be right? Are the feds working as hard as possible to bring former residents back and get them the jobs that are now being done by people from another country? No, they are not. Unless they change that, one would have to be extremely gullible to think this wasn't part of the plan.
If the GOP wants to avoid yet another major scandal, they'd be very wise to work to reverse what the Bush administration is doing. Just like Lee's mention of the Tuskegee Experiment, this is one that could be brought up for decades.
The hero of the left speaks:
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan accused the federal government of "criminal neglect" for its slow response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, during a rally on Saturday marking the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March.
Speaking to thousands of African-Americans gathered on the National Mall, he also urged minorities and the poor to work together to improve their lives.
In his speech, the highlight of the daylong event, Farrakhan asked why the government did a better job helping the citizens of Florida last year, and why so few lives were lost, when the state was hit by four major hurricanes.
"I believe that we can charge the government with criminal neglect," he said. "I firmly believe that if the people on those rooftops (in New Orleans) had blond hair and blue eyes and pale skin, something would have been done in a more timely manner. We charge America with criminal neglect," he said from the steps of the U.S. Capitol...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans frustrated by the slow response to victims of Hurricane Katrina should channel their energy to changing their communities, Jesse Jackson told thousands gathered for the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March.
"We need millions more to act and react to what we saw in the gulf," the civil rights leader said. "Images were burned into our consciousness."
In 1995, the march called on black men to take responsibility for improving their families and communities. Women, whites and other minorities had not been invited back then, but all were welcome to the Millions More Movement, which intends to build on those principles and push people to build a movement for change locally and nationally...
You can read the DUmmies defending Farrakhan himself here, including this:
99% of what was said by Farrakan today I have read at DU in many threads.
A Time interview contains this:
TIME: Did race or class issues play into the slow U.S. response to Hurricane Katrina?
Farrakhan: I was not there but the feeling is that race played a part. There are some I heard on TV saying that levee was purposely busted so that the water would come in on that side. They haven't verified the truth of that but some people think that, and that perception is real until truth either verifies it or dispels it.
TIME: In the aftermath of Katrina the rap artist Kanye West accused President Bush of not caring about black people. Was that a fair statement?
Farrakhan: It was a long time before the president met with the Congressional Black caucus, and he's never appeared before the NAACP. Even though he has put black people into high positions, that has not made black people feel that he is closer to us at all.
From this unverified report:
Friday afternoon, c-span broadcast a black forum on "Hurricane Katrina & Issues Facing African Americans."
...One of the speakers was a Kamau Kambon, author and owner of Blacknificent Books. I did a web search and I came up with this link: Blacknificent Books
I'm not a stenographer but this transcript is 98% accurate:
..."Now how do I know that the white people know that we are going to come up with a solution to the problem. I know it because they have retina scans, racial profiling, DNA banks, and they're monitoring our people to try to prevent the ONE person from coming up with the ONE idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve the problem. *tepid applause* Now I don't care whether you clap or not but I'm saying to you that we need to solve this problem because they are going to kill us. And I will leave on that. So we just have to set up our own system and stop playing and get very serious and not get diverted from coming up with a solution to the problem and the problem on the planet is white people."
Why are the City of New Orleans and its leaders obsessed with the Nation of Islam? Earlier in the year, Police Chief Eddie Compass hired a Nation of Islam official to conduct sensitivity training for his police officers. Of course having the Nation of Islam conduct sensitivity training is akin to hiring David Duke to teach classes on race relations. It was a ludicrous idea that was strenuously opposed by religious leaders in the community, forcing Compass to eventually withdraw the contract. After that experience, why would Nagin fraternize with the Nation of Islam again, especially when the City of New Orleans needs as much goodwill as possible to recover from this storm?
You might remember this from June. The NOPD - apparently directed by Eddie Compass - hired a deputy of Louis Farrakhan, Dennis Muhammad, to give their cops "sensitivity training":
[...the hiring came] after a rise in "anti-police" sentiment in the city.
In an item picked up by the Drudge Report, Police Chief Eddie Compass explained that "members of the Nation of Islam have some type of relationship" with the community and might be able to help ease tensions.
The Muhammed appointment immediately sparked controversy, with New Orleans Police Association spokesman David Benelli telling the Bayou Buzz that his phone had "been ringing off the hook" with complaints from the rank and file.
See also "Ray Nagin meets with Louis Farrakhan, discusses conspiracy theories". NewsMax says Nagin hasn't come to the phone to discuss that with them.
"Mayor Nagin in Secret Sitdown with Farrakhan" says that the latter great leader says he met with the former great leader and the two discussed various things, including:
"Mayor Nagin told us there was a 25-foot crater under the levee," Farrakhan explained, before cautioning that the New Orleans Democrat "didn't say there was a bomb. He just said there was a crater."
Farrakhan then added: "I say they blew it [up]."
Citing an Internet report, the Nation of Islam chief explained how the information he got from Nagin led him to conclude that the levees had been deliberately destroyed...
...Though Farrakhan detailed his meeting with the New Orleans mayor at an open forum, the press has kept word of the Farrakhan-Nagin summit under wraps.
In the same address to the Memphis Millions More rally, Farrakhan said Nagin told him that white racists used attack dogs and machine guns to keep blacks from escaping the Superdome.
"Mayor Nagin told us that those poor brothers and sisters that went to the Superdome, these were the ones who made it out of their houses but didn't have any money or means to get out of the city . . . So when the water began to rise around the Superdome, Mayor Nagin told them to get out and start marching over the bridge, the I-10, and get out of here. So they started marching. And when they got over that bridge into the next parish, which was white, they were met with attack dogs and machine guns." [He's refering to the infamous Gretna/Crescent City Connection bridge incident.]
Farrakhan claimed that Mayor Nagin told him warning shots were fired to keep the black evacuees at bay.
"This is Mayor Nagin talking to us," he told the Memphis gathering. "They fired the machine guns over the heads of the crowd. They accepted any white people that were there, but no black people." [Obviously, some white people were not allowed in, such as the socialists.]
Since his alleged meeting with Farrakhan, Mayor Nagin has had no public comment on the Nation of Islam chief's claim that his city's levees were deliberately destroyed.
On Sunday, WaPo columnist Eugene Robinson informed us that "reasonable" and "sober" African-Americans in New Orleans are starting to warm up to Louis Farrakhan's conspiracy theory. According to that theory, the levee breaks were an intentional attempt to flood black neighborhoods and leave the White D.. neighborhoods high and dry. Reportedly there was a 25' deep crater caused by the explosion.
Appearing on Meet the Press, Robinson said:
"I was stunned in New Orleans at how many black New Orleanians would tell me with real conviction that somehow the levee breaks had been engineered in order to save the French Quarter and the Garden District at the expense of the Lower Ninth Ward, which is almost all black... These are not wild-eyed people... These are reasonable, sober people who really believe that."