Is this the result of appointing Sarah Jeong to your editorial board, or is it just business as usual at The New York Times?
Hurricane Florence and the displacement of African-Americans along the Carolina coasthttps://t.co/StQwkpCJDl
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 14, 2018
What the f**k is this.
— Rlash (@Rlash10) September 14, 2018
So now Hurricanes are racist?
— W. (@Wills518) September 14, 2018
Hurricanes be racist yo
— DeShawn Latavius Jackson (@AfrikaDreamin) September 14, 2018
Hurricanes are racist or something? https://t.co/Kiu4zhzQ02
— The Right Wing M 🇺🇸 (@TheRightWingM) September 14, 2018
Sort of. You see, the Carolina coast used to be almost all black, but now it’s a lot of rich white folks. We’ll let Adeel Hassan explain:
You began to see an explosion in coastal development in the 1950s targeting African-American landowners for displacement, often through various speculative schemes that tried to fleece them of their property.
Local governments worked alongside private developers to essentially steal land from black folks through various legal mechanisms. Until the 1950s, Hilton Head Island was where African-American children could grow up without seeing a white face for their entire life. Today, it is a playground for mostly white and wealthy people.
So what does this have to do with Hurricane Florence?
The very types of environmental engineering practices and other measures that aimed to make these areas what they are today, and worked to build up the coastal real estate markets, ultimately did so in ways that were damaging to the environment and unsustainable. They were the very same measures that worked to displace and dispossess black people of their land a century ago.
These are the same areas that are now facing a dire threat from this hurricane.
A hurricane? Race, race, race… race… floods… race. Excellent work NYT!
— BellevueFox (@Bellevue_Fox) September 14, 2018
NYT is obviously run by psychopaths. Can you at least hold off for a few days?
— Deplorable Ren 🇺🇸🤫 (@RenDeplorable) September 14, 2018
This is not the time!!!
— Dr.steel (@Drsteel4) September 14, 2018
Never let a crisis go to waste when it comes to race-baiting. https://t.co/NNf2AnG6Cv
— Uri Blago (@UriBlago) September 14, 2018
New York Times blames global warming for ~SPINS WHEEL~ Roger Federer's loss at the US Open https://t.co/ZZeVZjmL7P
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 5, 2018