Drowning New Orleans in Grover Norquist’s Bathtub

Following up on the Kevin Drum piece I linked to the other day that talked about the bungled response to Katrina representing the difference between conservative and liberal ideology, here’s a (probably inevitable) visual juxtaposition that’s making the rounds. I haven’t been able to find out who created the original version; the farthest back I’ve been able to trace it is this posting at MaxSpeak: Drown Grover Norquist in a bathtub. If you know who created it and can let me know, I’ll give proper credit. Anyway:

grover norquist\'s bathtub

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  1. racismreview.com » Blog Archive » Sociologists Critique “The Wire” Says:

    […] In the world created by Simon for The Wire there are very few, if any, of these sorts of supportive family networks.    For all this talk of grim reality, it may be difficult to understand why you’d choose to watch The Wire as a form of entertainment, but it is, as Cook notes, “an absolute joy to watch.”  The writing is several leagues above anything else on television, or in the theaters for that matter; the acting is superb; and the visual imagery is compelling without straining to be overly “artistic.”    Cook ends with a nod toward the dignity, even nobility, inherent in the struggle featured in the show, and again, I agree with his analysis here.  There is something ennobling about the kinds of valiant struggles these characters engage in. Yet, for me, the piece that’s missing both from The Wire and from Cook’s analysis is the complicity, and sometimes quite overt racism, of whites (and a handful of elite blacks, like the character of Senator Clive Davis) who have created and benefit from the policies that have decimated urban centers.   For example, while there are passing references to state-level politics and even a passing reference to an ill-willed (supposedly white) Republican governor, there’s never any exploration of the connection between the racism inherent in much of the “war on drugs” and the kind of devastation of inner-city Baltimore.  Where is the white counterpart to the Senator Clive Davis character? Where, for instance, is the Grover Norquist or the Karl Rove or even, the Nelson Rockefeller? Within the context of The Wire, the “war on drugs” simply exists a priori and the show explores the consequences of such a policy on many of the residents of Baltimore.     That said, it’s a mighty fine exploration and certainly worth watching. […]

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