Sunday, September 18, 2005

troubletown, katrina, and felon disenfranchisement

This week's troubletown cartoon is not alone in its race- and class-based critique of the administration's response to hurricane katrina. Nevertheless, troubletown's Lloyd Dangle may be the first to link hurricane non-response to a racially motivated purge of felon voting.* Just a couple weeks ago I was complaining about race and class being ignored in coverage of the hurricane. Today people are using katrina as a node to connect the dots between diverse manifestations of power on one side and distributive injustice on the other. Mr. Dangle (is that a cool name, or what?) points here to the actions of the privileged rather than the powerless. Disenfranchisement is the last dot connected, but an important one when it comes to political inequality. In addition to a website of "politics, fun, and satirical humor" with its own superstore, Dangle also maintains a troubletown ("yeah we've got a @*%$+#") blog.

*thanks for the heads-up, dad.

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