Scenario: Imagine you’re an 18 year old male in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina is doing serious damage, flood water and sewage is everywhere, and people are dying. By all accounts, this is just the beginning; it is guaranteed to get worse. You see an abandoned school bus in the city (which was already declared a disaster zone). You see people trying to save themselves by making their way out of the city. Left with little choice, you hop into the bus, let aboard as many people as you can, and make a seven hour drive to the Astrodome in Texas—the only place remaining that has shelter and supplies. This is exactly what happened to Jabbor Gibson. He’s a hero, wouldn’t you say? Well, according to Texas’ News Channel 5, he’s a looter.
HOUSTON—Thousands of refugees of Hurricane Katrina were transported to the Astrodome in Houston this week. In an extreme act of looting, one group actually stole a bus to escape ravaged areas in Louisiana.
Let me get this straight: a group of people decide to get out of New Orleans and save their lives (after the governemnt left them there without a thought), and they are criminals? What the fuck!?! It’s not like they killed someone and hijacked the bus. It was abandoned in a city that was going to hell.
It gets worse. Once the bus load of people arrived there, the asswipes at the Astrodome were hesitant to let them in because they weren’t “expected or approved”. And to add even more injury to insult, there is a possibility that criminal charges will be pressed against the brave Mr. Gibson:
Authorities eventually allowed the renegade passengers inside the dome. But the 18-year-old who ensured their safety could find himself in a world of trouble for stealing the school bus.
I really, really don’t like to play the race card, nor do I see racism in every single act that negatively effects a Black person, but am I the only person who thinks that, had the bus been loaded with white civilians, this would be on the news as an act of heroism and triumph, and example of real Americans taking care of themselves, and the officials at the Astrodome would have welcomed these brave and True Americans with open arms? But I forget: Black people stealing food from a store during a crisis= looters; White people stealing food from a store during a crisis = “finding” or “surviving”.