Bitter Fruit: racism so virulent that Staten Island Residents Refused to Help Black Mom as Sandy Swept Sons Away
Glenda Moore, and her husband, Damian Moore, react as they approach the scene where their children’s bodies were discovered in Staten Island, New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
What kind of vicious, horrid, racist country the US has become. It resembles a death camp where inequality and riches combine to create the material conditions of all consuming hatred.
Years of spewed hatred spread on TV, radio, stereotypes plummeted into the ears of the ignorant and public policies that isolate and disenfranchise black people have created the material conditions for racist hatred and the rise of a New Confederacy determined to fight the Civil War all over; this time with strategies and emotional hatred perhaps never before seen since the early lynchings fought against by such heroines as Ida B. Wells.
Do not think this is a problem only for black people; it is a problem for the phony post-racial society that is mired in a new form of carceral hatred aimed right at the heart of those who are non-white and who still suffer the legacy of slavery. Race relations and anti immigrant sentiment now threaten to create the actual break up of the country as segregation and the New Jim Crow place African Americans on the auction block of life and immigrants dpeorted, one million by Obama since taking office.
Sordid invididualism, the morality of narcism and greed, “You’re on your own buddy”, “I got mine you get yours” all is now orchestrated as the mantra for a socioeconomic system on the precipice of disaster.
My heart goes out to the family of Glenda Moore and her family. I am sorry for the loss of her children for like the same vicious policies we saw during Katrina, this story is the canary in the coal mine for the future if we do not organize a multi-racial, anti-capitalist coalition.
This is a story about Hurricane Sandy by Colorlines.
by Jorge Rivas, Friday, November 2 2012, 1:16 PM EST
Police on Thursday said two brothers, ages 2 and 4, who were swept away Monday night when waves of water crashed into an SUV driven by their mother in Staten Island were found dead.
Glenda Moore left her Staten Island home with two children and was driving to a family member’s house in Brooklyn when her car became submerged underwater. She freed her two kids from their car seats but rushing waves of water swept the kids away from her arms.
“It went over their heads… She had them in her arms, and a wave came and swept them out of her arms,” the mother’s aunt told the NY Daily News.
Local Staten Island newspapers have reported the mother unsuccessfully tried to get help from neighbors but the New York Daily News is reporting another side of the story:
According to the sister, a dripping-wet Moore banged on doors looking for help in the middle of the hurricane, but couldn’t find anyone willing to help her.
“They answered the door and said, ‘I don’t know you. I’m not going to help you,’” said the sister. “My sister’s like 5-foot-3, 130 pounds. She looks like a little girl. She’s going to come to you and you’re going to slam the door in her face and say, ‘I don’t know you, I can’t help you’?’”
Moore spent the night huddled on a doorstep as the hurricane’s assault continued. At daybreak, her sister said, the desperate mother walked until she found a police car and related her heart-breaking story.
Her cousin Nancy Jean, 41, fought back tears as she described the ordeal.
‘I can’t believe the way she was treated by the people she went to for help,’ she said.
‘The first person she knocked on, she begged them and said: “Please call 911”.
‘They told her: “I don’t know you” and closed the door. She tried another door but they turned the lights off.
Connor and Brandon Moore, ages 4 and 2, are believed to be Hurricane Sandy’s youngest victims.