With more than 60,000 homes reported damaged or destroyed by catastrophic flooding — and over 100,000 survivors asking for any assistance they can get, Jerry Washington has just one question: Where are Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers?
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After putting his thoughts on a Facebook live video, which has been shared over 70,000 times, Washington is simply vocalizing what many flood victims in the prodomintly-black city are probably thinking. Where are the two groups who say they are all about helping black lives?
Washington states in the video, “where these groups are at a time when he and his people are truly in need of help? Where are the Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers? Because I ain’t seen one Black Panther boat or one Black Lives Matter boat. All I see is our own people from our own city saving us.” Washington is referring to a group known as the “Cajun Navy.”
The “Cajun Navy” is a group of fisherman, hunters and boaters who formed after Hurricane Katrina. Members of this group have combed through the high waters in search of citizens in need during this disaster as well.
Washington continues to rage against the BLM and Black Panther movements. He says, “all the drama that was going on with the Alton Sterling killing, they came out with guns ready to go to war. But here we go, all these people flooded out and truly in need of help and we can’t find not one of them.”
“If y’all out there, where ya at? Where ya boats? Where ya money? Where ya food? Where ya services at?”
“Black Lives Matter: Obviously we must [not] matter too much, because I ain’t seen y’all yet, when we really need ya.”
It’s clear that Washington is angered by the lack of support from these groups. But he isn’t just pointing out faults. He intends to fix the problem himself. He has created a GoFundMe account. Washington claims it is to “help get families back on track” as the flood water gradually recedes.
BLM and Black Panthers may not be helping in Louisiana, but just last week Donald Trump did his part to help get this city back on track. Trump spent the day in Louisiana assisting in the relief effort. Perhaps BLM and the Black Panthers should do the same.