This is the full version of the speech John Lewis, member of SNCC, was supposed to give before MLK’s at the March on Washington. Many feared his radicalism would be counterproductive to the purpose of the march intended to push the federal government into passing civil rights legislation.
It took five years for the establishment media to finally tiptoe toward acknowledging some of the worst of the horrors inflicted on the people of New Orleans—the workers and the poor, that is, above all the Black community—but they’ve finally begun to acknowledge what others have been saying all along.
That the police in alliance with racist white vigilantes and business owners waged a terrorist campaign against the oppressed, murdering at will, shooting, beating, chasing, ousting and imprisoning African Americans whose crime was being alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
That the greatest part of the funds for rebuilding have gone toward those sectors that were already better off, in fact toward deepening the class and race divide, “refurbishing” New Orleans in the bourgeois white image deemed most conducive toward bringing in tourist spending.
And that most African American New Orleanians have seen no part of the rebuilding largesse, either that funded by federal tax dollars or that driven by profit takers. Those who’ve managed to return find their lives as hard as and usually harder than before, and great numbers have never been able to return to their beloved hometown.
We’re frustrated about living off of our parents’ money because tuition is such a fucking bitch. We wanna do something about it by working part-time jobs and helping here and there but we really can’t support ourselves fully and don’t intend to either. We want to be able to do that someday, but…
Best rebuttal to the the New York Time’s article.
i haven’t read this whole thing bc i’m late but i just wanna say some of us AREN’T living off our parents’ money because our parents don’t have any money to give us, so we sacrifice and live in out of the way neighborhoods and work shitty full time jobs for companies we hate and don’t own anything that can’t fit in the back of our friend’s shitty old car and count our blessings when once a year our parents find an extra 25 dollars in their budgets to send our way so we can splurge on buying some fresh veggies and a whole chicken and feel like a normal person. some of us barely qualify as 20 somethings because we’re too busy living the working poor lifestyle we were raised in. JUST FUCKING SAYING, NEW YORK TIMES AND EVERY FUCKING REBUTTAL ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ.
also FUCK YOU “when an old man shouts some vulgar thing to a pretty young lady … we live for those moments” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME can you just go die or something, jesus.