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2005-09-01 11:55:17 AM  
NO! I thought he would just say he's racist and end the story there.
2005-09-01 02:50:01 PM  
Personally, and I don't know if this is because of the cameramen discriminating with what they take footage of or if I am just missing it, there are more black people looting than white people. Personally, I think that can be all explained away though based on population ratio.

/not being a troll, seriously.
2005-09-01 03:39:54 PM  
I would say our brother 'Found' himself a 12-pack of Pepsi. Who would loot that shiat anyway?
2005-09-01 03:41:03 PM  
Food is not 'loot.'
2005-09-01 03:41:12 PM  
for the lazy....essentially the store was flooded. Things float. They grabbed the floating items.

We're all the same damn color inside, and that's what counts, right?
2005-09-01 03:41:17 PM  
Finders Keepers...
2005-09-01 03:41:27 PM  
Countdown to the "That's racist!" animated GIF based on this photo series... 3, 2, 1...
2005-09-01 03:42:36 PM  
i'd "loot" me some pop too; glucose is good source of energy. just get headaches and stuff if its all you can get ahold of.
2005-09-01 03:42:39 PM  
I like the comment "looked for the best picture..."
2005-09-01 03:42:50 PM  
Note to self... don't buy anything for sell on eBay out of New Orleans any time soon...
2005-09-01 03:43:14 PM  
So he's saying that whites are the bottom-feeders of the food chain? (loot chain?) LOL
2005-09-01 03:45:06 PM  
White people have a long and storied history, hunting and gathering. Im positive they were simply following their primal instincts, foraging for food in order to survive. Not like those looting blacks, on the other hand.

/Please turn on your sarcasmometers.
//Ladies, feel free to turn on your orgasmometers as well, now on sale!
2005-09-01 03:45:13 PM  
We're all the same damn color inside, and that's what counts, right?

Yup, there not shooting looters yet though. Spare the people carring food. Shoot the b*stards carrying the Flatscreen TV.
2005-09-01 03:45:21 PM  
I'm sure it was a tough call, I'd give him a break
2005-09-01 03:46:07 PM  
There's nothing wrong with the guy writing that they found the food if he really thinks that they found it. Really, in a situation like this, there's nothing wrong with looting food anyway as far as I'm concerned. The people who need a good cock-punch are the ones who are stealing guns, etc, and also the person who posted the first story comparing pictures and captions by two different people specifically to cause racial tension on fark.
2005-09-01 03:46:39 PM  
Maybe the brotha hauling the television out on his shoulder just needed it to survive. You know, to watch the news and shiat.
2005-09-01 03:47:01 PM  
What's the problem? Plasma TV's float, don't they? Don't they? Hello? Guys?
2005-09-01 03:47:03 PM  
I'm still trying to figure out why folks assume that the woman in the photo is "white." She certainly could be a light-skinned "black" person.
2005-09-01 03:48:28 PM  
Read the Truth behind the Hurricane?
It's all slanted

/seriously though, I feel bad for anyone who's taking that whole issue seriously
2005-09-01 03:48:33 PM  
Oh brother, here we go again.
/waiting to hear news from Fats
//I guess when there's open anarchy one can't quibble about semantic distinctions
2005-09-01 03:48:33 PM  
The next lib who apoligizes for calling someone racist will be the first.
2005-09-01 03:48:36 PM  
ok,they can fark this issue. theres some more important shiat in new orleans right now that a picture caption.
2005-09-01 03:48:45 PM  
I wonder if Wonkette will post a follow up.

/doubts it
2005-09-01 03:49:06 PM  
These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics

i did not see the guy with any electronics in his bag, did you? in fact, it was a black bag that you can't see through. in fact, the man's head looked relatively dry for someone who ducked under into a story. And on top of that, why didn't he get an awesome snapshot of him looting? that would have been the clincher. besides that, what is a computer or even a game boy for that matter worth when its been submerged in New Orleans fresh Missippi water? Chris Graythen, i hope satan has a seat with your name on it.

/i hate stupid people
//so yes, i know, i hate myself
2005-09-01 03:49:16 PM  
I'm going to this guys house to flooding it then "find" several of his personal belongings.

It's a battle for survival there, I doubt anyone is going to bother tallying the missing merchandise whether "found" or "looted."
2005-09-01 03:49:28 PM  
If I find a supermodel floating in the water, can I keep her? I don't care if she's dead, long as there isn't too much bloating.
2005-09-01 03:49:33 PM  
I noticed a picture of a looter carrying a big plastic tub full of Heinekens, nobody made a big deal out of the fact he was black.

Hope the bastard's having fun now, after three days in that hot summer sun; beer dries you out, he should have stolen water.
2005-09-01 03:49:51 PM  


2005-09-01 03:50:05 PM  
Life still isn't fair...

"You drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringin everybody down
Complain about the present and blame it on the past
Id like to find your inner child and kick its little ass

Get over it
Get over it
All this biatchin and moanin and pitchin a fit
Get over it, get over it"
2005-09-01 03:50:25 PM  
Hmm, well ain't my face red.

/damn white people
2005-09-01 03:50:33 PM  
Who captioned the other photograph (of the black person)? Under what circumstances was their photograph taken? Did they simply grab onto food that was simply "floating by" as well, or did the photographer see them actually loot a store? Maybe the black person really was a looter, and the white people really only did find food that floated by. That possibility doesn't seem to have been addressed. I guess anyone who suggested that would be a "racist" though, wouldn't they.
2005-09-01 03:50:47 PM  
Crosshair: Shoot the b*stards carrying the Flatscreen TV.

Hey! Flatscreen TVs need to be rescued, too!

/of course, what good is a flat screen TV in a house with no electricity?
//and four feet of standing water
///of course, you could always get a generator and haul the TV up to the second floor
////watch out for that carbon monoxide buildup from the generator
//and brain damage from reading too many slashes
2005-09-01 03:50:49 PM  
So Salon played the race card for no real reason? Imagine that
2005-09-01 03:50:53 PM  
The News are all entertanment and brainwash from our gouvernement .
2005-09-01 03:50:57 PM  
Crosshair ...
More like "shoot the people coming to help us!"

2005-09-01 03:51:35 PM  
Freak, Whats CPR?

2005-09-01 03:51:40 PM  
Just wondering...

will the store owners get compensation for all the looting/finding of their stuffs?

I heard of a clause in insurance thingys where 'an act of god' is not claimable.

If so, I think the owners should be compensated by the Gov for actually saving hundreds, if not thousands of people.
2005-09-01 03:51:58 PM  
A picture may be worth a thousand words but without the proper context, most of the words can be worthless.
2005-09-01 03:52:52 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Do white mages find +3 staffs?

And black mages loot +3 staffs?

2005-09-01 03:52:59 PM  
so.. kill the negro?
2005-09-01 03:53:53 PM  
Did anyone read that article about the discovery of the correlation between hurricane intensity and global warming?


Good. Just Checking.

- K.R.
2005-09-01 03:53:55 PM  
"These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics."

well said sir.
2005-09-01 03:54:02 PM  
They're all looters, so shoot them all.

/BTW - that water looks awfully deep - where are all the alligators from that neck of the woods right now?
2005-09-01 03:54:10 PM  
olddinosaur: I noticed a picture of a looter carrying a big plastic tub full of Heinekens, nobody made a big deal out of the fact he was black.

You missed a whole thread on that one.
2005-09-01 03:54:18 PM  

"Fats" announced he was going to ride out the storm at his house, which is now under 8 feet of water.

He was 76 years old and not in good health, it is unlikely he could have survived the flood.

He had a cell phone and a lot of people to call, who would have heard from him by now. Furthermore, he would have notified friends if he could.

A man cannot last three days without water in that kind of heat, so we are forced to assume the worst.
2005-09-01 03:54:24 PM  
Tom Smykowski: It's a "Jump to Conclusions Mat". You see, you have this mat, with different CONCLUSIONS written on it that you could JUMP TO.

Michael Bolton: That is the worst idea I've ever heard.

Samir: Yes, this is horrible, this idea.
2005-09-01 03:54:46 PM  
He implied but didn't say flat out that the black kid had stolen the goods (non food items) from inside the store... then he admitted he didn't know the context of any of the pictures. Said that there were hundreds of them. Way to defend yourself.

2005-09-01 03:54:51 PM  
How does this remain news?

I figured when people posted the two different agencies {AP and AFP} using the same words -- white people looting and black people finding, that it would sink in that there was no greatracial motivation. Or simply the fact that it came from TWO DIFFERENT AGENCIES. With different writers and standards.

But no, it carries on.

And, as others have pointed out, the chick in the "white people" photo really doesn't look white -- she looks Hispanic or lighter-skinned black, but not really white. But at that distance, it's hard to tell, really.

Get over it.
2005-09-01 03:54:59 PM  
If the two captions had the SAME author, I could see the point.. but they don't. What the first one calls 'finding' the second calls 'looting'
2005-09-01 03:55:15 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

Sing it with me now:

New Orleanes is a veritable smorgasbord orgasbord orgasbord
After the FEMA rescues have ceased
Each night when the lights go out
It can be found on the ground all around
Oh, what a looter feast!

Stereos and DVDs
Designer clothes and jewelry
Cases of beer, Heineken if you please
AK-47s everywhere!

Computer parts, apple iPods
Fishing reels and soggy sadwiches
And gobs of Grey Goose to loot from the liquor store

New Orleanes is a veritable smorgasbord orgasbord orgasbord
After the dikes are blown
Each night when the lights go out
It can be found on the ground all around
That's where a looter can glut, glut, glut, glut!
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