As Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Texas on Friday, becoming a Category 4 storm before hitting the coast, one writer at the Daily Kos, Kelly Macias, felt the need to make the storm into a race issue. According to Macias, the hurricane is targeting Texas's black community.
Maybe it's all those white clouds that are acting on behalf of white supremacy.
This is shaping up to be another Hurricane Katrina—complete with a devastating impact on black and brown communities. Southeast Texas and the coastal bend regions of the state are expected to be the hardest hit. While Hispanics make up about 40 percent of the state's population, Texas has one of the largest black populations in the country. And they live concentrated in the areas that are predicted to be hardest hit.
Collectively, black people are the most populous minority in Southeast Texas though they are scattered around. This demographic data is important because it tells the story of who is likely to be impacted. In short, this hurricane is going to do incredible damage to the areas where black people live and many aren't in positions to evacuate or financially withstand the impact.
While the hurricane was moving north, the Daily Kos article just kept going south as it went on:
Noteworthy also is the high percentage of people in poverty [in Texas] who are African American women, especially single parents. Of the 24% of African Americans below poverty level, single mothers make up 65%.
Black women are a particularly marginalized group in Texas. Not only are many of them living in poverty, Texas has the worst maternal mortality rate in the developed world and black women in the state are more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white or Hispanic women.
While the state does have a group of lawmakers who have formed a maternal mortality task force to look into the issue, Republicans are much more interested in passing bills to limit access to abortion and cutting family planning funding. That means they aren't at all worried about saving the lives of black women and this hurricane is unlikely to be any different.
The article ends with this bold statement:
And since no one is even talking about the potential racial and socio-economic impact of this storm, it's doubtful that local and government officials will be thinking about it during the clean up, either.
Don't you just hate it when those racist hurricanes only target minorities? After all, look how white this storm is:
Shortly after hitting the coast of Texas, Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to a Category 1 storm. However, the storm is still extremely dangerous, as catastrophic flood warnings have been issued across the state.