“They are so poor and they are so black”

You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals, as Jack Cafferty just pointed out, so tragically, so many of these people, almost all of them that we see, are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold.

–Wolf Blitzer, CNN

What specifically was Wolf Blitzer reporting on when he made this comment? I wish I had seen it so that I could see the context of the quote. The quote, however, is being splashed all over the web. Slate has an interesting take on this quote in an article by Jack Shafer about the politics of news reporting during Hurricane Katrina.

Here is a screen-shot of the quote.

What should we think about this quote beyond its awkward political syntax?

1 Comment

  1. Howdy,
    Just surfed in and I’m reading through. I follow the news, but I hadn’t even seen that quote! I agree with your assessment…although (also not knowing the context) I would add that it suggests the profound invisibility of both types of folks to people like Wolf.

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