Spike Lee: Whitey Destroyed New Orleans Levees

Spike Lee: “Not Far-Fetched†to Say New Orleans Levees Deliberately Destroyed (NewsBusters)

Declaring “it’s not far-fetched,†movie director Spike Lee affirmed on Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, that he believes Louis Farakhan’s allegation that a levee was destroyed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in order to flood the nearly all-black ninth ward. Lee contended that “a choice had to be made, one neighborhood got to save another neighborhood and flood another ‘hood, flood another neighborhood.â€

Lest you think this was Lee being ironic, he’s made these claims before:

Spike Lee, filmmaking “provocateur,” targets Katrina (Reuters, Oct. 17)

Never far from the center of a storm, self-described filmmaker “provocateur” Spike Lee is headed to New Orleans to make a documentary examining how race and politics collided in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lee says he will use “factual journalism, not creative narrative” in his look at Katrina and New Orleans, which has become a rallying point for black political activists and conspiracy theorists.

Amid criticism that the administration of President George W. Bush was slow to respond, leaving thousands of black and low-income people stranded amid violence and lawlessness, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has suggested the levees in New Orleans were broken as a way of “getting rid of the poor.”

Activist Jesse Jackson compared the New Orleans convention center, where evacuees gathered, to “the hull of a slave ship.”

“I wouldn’t put anything past the U.S. government when it comes to people of color,” Lee said in an interview with Reuters. “There is too much history … going back to when the U.S. army gave smallpox-infested blankets to Native Americans.”

Damn that Spike Lee for undercoving the latest secret white plot to destroy Black America. We tried this back in the 1990s, when we sent the CIA out to get African Americans hooked on crack cocaine but the results were too subtle.

I hope Lee doesn’t begin to suspect the real truth that white folks, especially the Bush-Cheney cabal, actually control the weather. . . .

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  1. Jon Henke says:

    Actually, if somebody wanted to “destroy black America”, they’d probably start by promoting people like Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Cynthia McKinney and Louis Farrakhan as “leaders”.

  2. Anderson says:

    Oh, great … Katrina 911.

    (I thought some of the cheap shots in Moore’s movie were funny, but overall it hurt the serious Dem cause. Instead of going into how we were deceived into this war, we get conspiracy theories about oil pipelines and Saudi bigwigs.)

  3. Macumber says:

    I think that Mr Lee and the rest of his followers should put some of their money to help the “people of color”.

  4. Janis Gore says:

    Don’t believe it.

    New Orleans was a “hospitality” town.

    They lost 80% of their busboys, waiters, waitresses, kitchen help, janitors, etc., with little or no prospect of getting of them back.

  5. Herb says:

    Spike Lee, OBL’s newest member and the blessing of America. This demonstrates what Good Americans know, that these so called leaders and spokesman are out to destroy America if white America don’t give them everythng they want and demand. They are truly the trators of all time, and the lowest life form in America.

  6. Anderson says:

    Funny how, no matter how obnoxious somebody on the Left is, Herb can always ratchet it up to a whole ‘nother level. Spike Lee: al-Qaeda member and traitor! To Gitmo with him, Bill of Rights be damned!

  7. Reporter for Doody says:

    You are right amigo! But now the New Orleans Saints may become the New Orleans Saints of Los Angeles.

    Viva Spike Lee – the good Preacher Farrakhan – and the blame whitey for every thing crowd! They shall damage New Orleans mare than Rita.

  8. Mark says:

    No, no, reporter, get the name right:

    It is the Los Angeles Saints of Anaheim!

  9. Is Moore actually making a movie about Katrina or are you just anticipating? I thought these levee conspiracy theories were a joke started by The Onion or something. Can’t believe people are taking them seriously…

  10. DL says:

    When is the damn Civil war finally going to be over?

  11. Janis Gore says:

    Oh, and let me revise my comment to include cooks. Mmmm.