Thursday, November 10, 2005

Remembering Rosa Parks... sort of.

"Le Rage des Oubli's," ran the headline of France's Liberation a few days after Katrina struck. Translation, "The Rage of the Forgotten." The picture below the headline featured a lone black woman screaming at the top of her lungs on a street in New Orleans, presumably one of the many African-Americans left stranded without food or water. The tragic truth in the French critique of American racism was its prophetic rather than descriptive quality: the angry ones were going to be forgotten, because they were angry. The perception of the American press is that it knows two courses of action when dealing with angry minorities: crush them or erase them. Unfortunately, this writer see Rosa Parks slowly being marshaled in the latter course.

Check it out: Robert Oscar Lopez on Counterpunch Is the French perception accurate and where do we begin to change the media if it is?

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