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In the aftermath of tragedies, people say and do some pretty stupid things. Like Reverend Lewis Logan of Bethel AME, who says that Katrina is a Black woman seeking retribution on the South for its history of racism (Matt Szabo). LAist might be a little color blind but the faces we see on TV dealing with this storm seem decidedly black and impoverished. And, regardless, what the hell kind of abuse of religious faith is that? Obviously Reverend Logan went to the same school of ministry as those in the group Columbia Christians for Life who believe hurricane Katrina looks like a fetus at 6 weeks of pregnancy and thus must be the lord's assault on America for its pro-choice ways. (Ms. Musings)

Sigh.

Meanwhile, local blog star Tony Pierce wants to know why black people are "looting" while white people are "finding" in picture captions around the web. On Good Day LA this morning, reporters talked to those in the grocery stores, many of whom said they were told (by the store owners? by aid workers?) to go and get what they needed and that with no electricity, clean water, ice, exits from or access to their areas, people were doing what they had to do. So, that's not really looting is it?

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Photo courtesy of David Pappas.