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Topics: Racism, Cats

Tuesday, 6 September 2005

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Pioneer for Black Cats?

New Orleans, Louisiana -- Jesse Jackson was in New Orleans today investigating allegations that black cats were far less likely to survive the floodwaters and be rescued as for instance yellow tabbies or calicos.

"This is a disgrace! Whenever there is a choice to be made whether or not to choose to save a black cat or to save a white cat--it is always the black cat that is made to suffer!" Jackson said to Action 4 reporter Isa Cullahdishew. He had a noticeable scowl on his face and as usual was at no loss for words.

New Orleans was flooded by multiple levee breaches in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Officials estimate that as many as three million cats are unaccounted for. According to Jackson's estimates all but 10 of them are black cats. "All cats within the city that are black are oppressed and are in dire need of medical help in this situational situation. I don't see no Calicos still in the city of New Orleans. When is the last time you saw a white cat that wasn't rescued? I just know that this president is trying to keep the black cat down and that is why the response has been so rudimentary and innatensive"

Jackson toured the famed I-10 underpass where many refugees have gathered and interviewed the victims there. All had lost cats in the disaster according to Jackson and all lost cats allegedly were black. He was lauded for having the fortitude to raise such compelling questions in the face of such extraordinary circumstances. PETA had not been reached for comment but was expected to be reached by early Tuesday morning.

Upscale white neighborhoods in New Orleans lack accurate cat ownership records. The NAACP is demanding that those records be made available to them through the Freedom of Information Act. That information is not expected to be available anytime soon as relief efforts are taxing even such departments as pet civil rights headquarters.

"Only then can it be proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the effort to save the black cats of New Orleans will be as drawn out as the D-O-Double G..."

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