Originally posted by @joe-shmo
I am absolutely appalled by the lack of ethnic diversity in these crowds in the aftermath of Irma.
...[text shortened]... s claimed them!
Who did you imagine would go looting - the white middle class?
Correlating skin colour with criminality is a mug's game in the USA. It's also a circular piece of logic. Racist Florida selects people for poverty and excludes thrm from opportunity on the basis of skin colour. Racist Florida polices its community on the basis of skin colour. Racist Florida makes it harder for Blacks to engage in the political process. What do you expect would be the result? Political activism? Not when your police system decapitates the Black community, targetting potential political leaders in the Black community. Not when your education system screws with their heads.
You are right to be concerned.
You should be concerned that social structures fall apart so readily on occasions when, in other countries, and notably in Cuba a few hundred miles to the south of Florida, shared vulnerability to natural disaster brings people together in a shared, socially cohesive response, supporting each other as a matter of course.
You should be concerned that the US has chosen, as a matter of fixed ideology, to continually increase levels of inequality and to make it increasingly difficult for those in poverty (which is imposed by the economic system, it is a structural part of the system) to sustain a decent life.
And you should be concerned that selection for poverty and exclusion is based on skin colour. Racism is deployed to split and emasculate working class politics.
How do you expect Black people to respond to systematic racist abuse? By being meek and submissive? No, in capitalist society the poor dig ther own graves. They are aggressive, they are law breakers, they are disorderly, they are self harming on every level as they are demoralized by daily racism.
Why does a white supremacist jerk like you even imagine you have a position to take pride in this situation? It is shameful and reflects on your racist values and the racist values of Florida and the US generally.
Yes you should be appalled at the lack of diversity. In London there would be poor white kids in the mix. If there are none in Florida, then that tells you something about how successfully your country has racialised class issues and screwed with your heads.