Thursday, December 20, 2007

"HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?" ONE OF THE THINGS NOT BEING SPOKEN ABOUT CONCERNING THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC HOUSING ISSUE


"How does it feel to be a problem?"

--W.E.B. Dubois
The Souls of Black folk




Racism in its most persistent form, exists in the structure of social life... Racism, however refers not just to social oppression but also to the way structures of exploitation have been sedimented in the United States. The history of legal slavery, of Jim crow, and of a decaptialized existence produced an unequal world validated after the fact and guaranteed as private property. Racism, in this account, is not merely an irrational prejudice that remains at the level of abuse and stereotype; nor is it capable of being defeated by the tonic of education alone.

There is a false innocence in structural racism, since it refers to the historical appropriation of values and the monopolization of power by an elite that is wedded to class privilege and to white supremacy.

Thomas Ross, "White Innocence, Black Abstraction", William and Mary Law Revue.

"The plantation and the ghetto were created by those who had power both to confine those who had no power and to perpetuate their powerless. the problem of transforming the ghetto,there for is a problem of power--confrontation of the forces of power demanding change and the forces of power dedicated to preserving the status qou. Now power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change. "

--Martin Luther King, Jr


All quotes resourced from "The Karma of Brown Folk" by Vijay Prashad



3 FACTS in PUBLIC HOUSING and HOMELESS ISSUE


1.
No plans have been submitted for the demolished state buildings where the majority of the Katrina homeless are to be fenced out of.

2. No plans have been put forth for the redevelopment of the 5100 units of public housing.

3. Public housing, public schools, and' the public hospital as well as other vital 'public' related basics once provided by the government are now being contracted out to the 'private' sector.


THERE IS NO NEED TO DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS
RIGHT NOW DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.


THE DEMOLITIONS AS THIS TIME IS EMOTIONALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY TRAUMATIZING TO THOUSANDS OF NEW ORLEANIANS.


THERE IS NO NEED TO FENCE OUT THE HOMELESS FROM THE PLAZA.


THERE IS A NEED FOR HOUSING FOR THE 12000 HOMELESS THERE IS A NEED FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BE REBUILT
THERE IS A NEED FOR CHARITY HOSPITAL


THE GOVERNMENT JUST APPROVED 70 MORE BILLION DOLLARS (LOOK NO STRINGS ATTACHED!) TO FURTHER THE DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ AND THE IRAQI PEOPLES.


IN NEW ORLEANS THE GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING SOME (NOT ALL) VIABLE HOUSING THAT COULD BE USED TO HOUSE THE 12000 HOMELESS AND MAKE TEMPORARY HOUSING AVAILABLE TO THE DISPLACED WHO WANT TO COME HOME.


WHAT I AM WITNESSING IS SO VERY WRONG .





"Affordable Housing in brand New Orlean$"


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