Victimized by Katrina at Highest Rate
Louisiana death statistics show that whites died at a higher
rate from Hurricane Katrina than did blacks.
Despite complaints from movie stars, rap performers, left-wingers,
politicians, corporate journalists, and assorted minority
activists that blacks were disproportionately victimized by
insufficient government relief efforts because of the color
of their skin, statistics released by the Louisiana Department
of Health and Hospitals tell a much different story.
It turns out that whites died at a higher rate than any minority
Nathan Burchfiel of CNSNews.com reported last month that although
Census 2000 figures show that whites in New Orleans were 28
percent of the population, they accounted for 36.6 percent
of the deaths from Hurricane Katrina. While blacks made up
67 percent of the city's population, blacks accounted for
only 59 percent of the Katrina-related deaths.
"Other minorities constitute approximately 5 percent
of the population and represented 4.3 percent of the storm's
fatalities," Burchfiel reported.
According to the data, the majority of Katrina's victims lived
in Orleans parish.
Rap artist Kanye West had appeared on a live NBC telethon
to raise money for hurricane victims, charging that "George
Bush doesn't care about black people." Louis Farrakhan,
leader fo the racist Nation of Islam claimed that the federal
government "ignored us, they forgot about us ... because
we look like we look."
On Capitol Hill black survivors of Katrina were given a congressional
hearing in December to use as a national platform to smear
rescue and relief workers as racists.
"They died from abject neglect," said self-described
"community activist" Leah Hodges, describing black
"No one is going to tell me it wasn't a race issue,"
charged another witness at the hearing, Patricia Thompson.
The hearing was held by a special House committee chaired
by Rep. Tom Davis, R-VA., and requested by left-wing black
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-GA, a member of the Congressional