This video exposes the racist vigilantism that accompanied the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. A.C. Thompson, contributing writer for The Nation published his investigation in the December 17, 2008 on-line issue of the magazine. (It will also be featured in the magazine’s January 2009 print edition.) He was also a recent guest on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!
The progressive organization Color of Change, which was formed in the wake of Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita by James Rucker and Van Jones, has started a letter campaign to Louisiana and New Orleans government officials demanding that they conduct their own thorough investigation into this matter and bring to justice the perpetrators of racist vigilantism in New Orleans. You can find the petition at their web site: http://www.colorofchange.org
The description of Katrina Vigilante Shootings on their web site states:
In post-Katrina New Orleans, White vigilantes viciously assaulted and, by their own admission, killed Black folks while the police looked the other way. To this day, no one has been prosecuted. Thanks to a new report by The Nation, the secret’s out and we have an opportunity to demand justice.
» Watch the video, then join the call for justice!