Posted on September 19, 2005

Do Blacks Believe Levee Was Blown?, Sept. 18

Was the levee break that precipitated the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina the result of some government conspiracy against blacks?

A Washington Post columnist says he’s amazed by the large number who believe such a notion.

“I was stunned in New Orleans at how many black New Orleanians would tell me with real conviction that somehow the levee breaks had been engineered in order to save the French Quarter and the Garden District at the expense of the Lower Ninth Ward, which is almost all black,” the Post’s Eugene Robinson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“These are not wild-eyed people. These are reasonable, sober people who really believe that. And that tells you something about our racial divide in New Orleans.”