Misremembering Katrina: Michelle Malkin Writes on Race Again (When Will She Ever Learn?!)
Five years ago, the MSM told the story of the anarchy that gripped New Orleans, even before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. But then the MSM suffered truth remorse, and three weeks later conspired to untell the story. Five years later, every sensible, honest person who recalled the events of Katrina expected the MSM to try and re-sell their lies from the time. But folks really didn’t need Republican writer Michelle Malkin helping the MSM!
She did it again. Michelle Malkin wrote a column on race. When will she ever learn?!
Well, she quotes quite a few racist black demagogues, but there’s precious little debunking to be found. That’s not good. Black racists—i.e., 80-90% of the black population—will see a column like that and say, “They were telling the truth!”
Well, I guess they’ll say that, no matter what proof one shows, debunking their insane claims.
There is one paragraph, however, where Malkin does appear to provide some beef.
[Jimmy] Carter's speech not only lacked basic decency. It lacked any grounding in reality. According to vital statistics released just months after the storm by the primary morgue that processed the bodies of the deceased, 48 percent of those who died in the natural disaster were black, 41 percent were white, with another 8 percent unknown and 2 percent Hispanic. Little-noted follow-up analysis confirmed those preliminary results and also debunked the myth that the poor were disproportionately affected by the storm.
Well, she sold it as beef, but it was really… a veggie burger! Call the Consumer Fraud Hotline!
I recall only two writers who cited those figures when they came out, and engaged in “little-noted follow-up analysis”: An anonymous scribe at Newsmax… and me!
Another blow to the MSMâ€™s (following the Times-Picayune) mainstream mediaâ€™s revised, official Katrina story came on November 14, when reports on New Orleansâ€™ dead were published by the State of Louisiana. The mainstream media had promoted the notion that those who suffered in the Hurricaneâ€™s aftermath were almost exclusively black. After all, over 90 percent of those stuck in the city were reportedly black, with the blacks predominantly stuck in the Ninth Ward and environs, where the levees had been breached. And the whites who remained reportedly lived above sea level on dry land, in the cityâ€™s tonier precincts. One was given to expect that the dead would be virtually all black. But in fact,
“Of the 562 bodies (out of 883) that had so far been identified by race, 48 percent (267) were â€śAfrican American,â€ 41 percent (230) were â€śCaucasian,â€ eight percent (48) were â€śunknown,â€ 2 percent (13) were â€śHispanic,â€ 1 percent (3) were â€śNative American,â€ and zero percent (1) was â€śother.â€”
(The quoted section on the breakdown of deaths came from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.)
But unlike the anonymous Newsmaxer, I went beyond simply pointing out that the morgue figures showed that blacks hadn’t disproportionately died following Katrina, but that whites had, and that the only credible explanation, based on what was known about the anarchy at the time, was that racist blacks were hunting them down and slaughtering them, just as they had sought to slaughter white rescue workers.
On August 30, 2006, I responded at my article to a comment from a Men’s News Daily reader,
Given that supposedly only 10 percent or less of the people left in town were white, and over forty percent of the dead were white, whites were dying at over four times their proportion. And that doesnt even take into consideration that whites were reportedly concentrated in “safer” places. Thus, I am convinced that blacks were on search-and-destroy missions, hunting down and murdering whites.”
And as I added on page 102 of the NPI report that I edited, and co-authored with economist Edwin R. Rubenstein and historian Robert J. Stove, The State of White America-2007,
The anomalous numbers make black search-and-destroy operations much more likely. If genocide was afoot, it was certainly not the sort of genocide that black activists and leaders such as Nation of Islam leader, Min. Louis Farrakhan, have claimed.
After the Louisiana death figures were released, the mainstream media suppressed the story of the issue of the proportion of whites who met their end in New Orleans, and suppressed reporting on pre-Katrina criminality, while uncritically reporting scurrilous black charges of anti-black genocide.
But Malkin, in her race-political cowardice, has turned back the clock on knowledge of Katrina! She refers to the dead as having died from Katrina: “those who died in the natural disaster.” How does she propose that people on land that remained dry died in a flood?
Lacking such integrity, Malkin never printed a correction.
Does she still not know that she fell for an Internet hoax that my readers learned about on December 3?
Unlike over 90 percent of Republican writers, Malkin has for years been good on immigration, but she’s so lazy and dishonest on race that every time she writes on the subject, she causes damage to public discourse, through misleading her hundreds of thousands of newspaper and Web readers.
An Open Note to Michelle Malkin:
If you’re not going to thoroughly research and honestly write on racial topics, stop writing about them! Leave the subject to the professionals. Like me.
Award-winning, New York-based freelancer Nicholas Stix founded A Different Drummer magazine (1989-93). Stix has written for Die Suedwest Presse, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Middle American News, Toogood Reports, Insight, Chronicles, the American Enterprise, Campus Reports, VDARE, the Weekly Standard, Front Page Magazine, Ideas on Liberty, National Review Online and the Illinois Leader. His column also appears at Men's News Daily, MichNews, Intellectual Conservative, Enter Stage Right and OpinioNet. Stix has studied at colleges and universities on two continents, and earned a couple of sheepskins, but he asks that the reader not hold that against him. His day jobs have included washing pots, building Daimler-Benzes on the assembly-line, tackling shoplifters and teaching college, but his favorite job was changing his son's diapers.