Is Google attempting to cover up an inconvenient hurricane truth?

| September 19, 2017 | 83 Comments

Since nobody else seems to want to stick their neck out, this old fool might as well do it and point out the obvious: those who have shouldered the heavy lifting in the disaster and rescue work in South Texas and South Florida during our hurricane events have been – with plenty of exceptions, of course – those hated white males the left loves to disparage. Yep, those despicable conquerors of Caucasian extraction, who are responsible for all the ills of the world, were repeatedly caught on camera in countless settings and poses doing the unthinkable: helping people of color in dire straits reach safety, shelter, and succor.

If you care to take the time to review the endless stream of videos out there from these disasters, particularly of the widespread flooding from Harvey, one truth quickly jumps out at you: the Americans driving those boats and operating other rescue vehicles are far and away mostly white males, and a disproportionate number of those being rescued are people of color. Yes, there are numerous Hispanics and some blacks among the rescuers, but the undeniable reality is that the bulk of that huge rescue team was lily-white – and, even worse for liberals, Southerners, which represents a truly inconvenient truth for all those rabid progressives who would have the world believe that Southern White Males are all vicious racists, most of whom have freshly laundered white-sheet KKK attire hanging in their closets.

It’s almost as if all those wicked, Southern, white men didn’t understand the role the media and the liberals had typecast for them and just went out there for some unfathomable reason.

This brings to mind the Cajun Navy, a bunch that might be described someday as a hate group by the SPLC. It’s a loose amalgam of mostly white Louisiana fisherman and hunters who streamed into the stricken area by the hundreds, if not thousands, hauling their bass boats and air boats to into rescue missions of thousands of people, regardless of ethnicity or color. Yes, there were some black and Hispanic men out there driving boats and picking up the helpless, but in the videos being shown by the media at the time of the operation, the vast majority of independent boat rescuers were those hated white males.

There’s a problem, though: just a few weeks later, visual evidence of what I’ve described is disappearing. If you Google images of the “Houston rescue efforts,” you’ll find mostly white people being assisted, with only some people of color. On a recent check, pic after pic was of white victims, not blacks or Hispanics. Here are the first two images that come up.

Is Google, a propaganda apparat of the Democratic Party, not about to buck the party commandment that white males are evil personified? Perhaps they simply can’t allow that to happen, so once again, the truth and reality of America and its good people smack Democrats square in the face, and it looks like they’re doing their best to exercise their control over the media to suppress it.

However much the Dems try to cover it up, one wonders how hurricane refugees who were rescued by white males are going to react the next time they hear some black social justice warrior or some dimwit pol like Sheila Jackson Lee telling them that their greatest societal enemy is that cold, uncaring white male who lives only to keep them oppressed. You suppose that it just might create some doubt in their acceptance of party dogma? I’m thinking those black and brown folks rescued may have a bit of a different view.

Crossposted at American Thinker

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  1. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Just how many of those taking time off from work while spending their own money and using their own personal property to rescue complete strangers were liberal politicians or College Professors?

  2. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    I watched Fox and they showed the Cajun Navy in action. I do not watch cnn and LSMFT or is it msnbc. I think LSMFT means Lucky strikes mean fine tobbaco.

  3. 2banana says:

    Google and Facebook are monopolies.

    Trump should break them up.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Don’t worry. That archival footage isn’t going away. It’s still there. Plenty of people have it.

    Even if nasty ol’ Googlelites like Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who still own major holdings in the company, don’t like the truth, it’s not going to go away. Entities like New York Post have pictures of other-than-white folks being rescued, still available.
    http://nypost.com/2017/08/30/the-many-faces-of-the-hurricane-harvey-rescue-effort/#24

    I just think it would be nice if these hypocrites stopped waving and pointing fingers, when they themselves did nothing.

  5. Perry Gaskill says:

    Dunno about the racial overtones, Poe, but that’s gotta be one of the largest collections of ugly dog photos ever…

    • Poetrooper says:

      I DO know about the racial overtones, Perry, with the difference being I’m not afraid to point it out like too many folks who are content to sit back and let the left paint us with their racist tar brushes.

      And those are not ugly dogs, they’re Democrat voters.

      • Poetrooper says:

        Perry if you don’t think Google manipulates search results try this.

        Google: white American inventors

      • Perry Gaskill says:

        Lighten up, Francis.

        First of all, I can think of more serious reasons to despise Google than the evidence they have been manipulating photo results from a recent news event.

        Second of all, given the fact that Sundar Pinchai runs the show now it wouldn’t surprise me if a search for “white American inventors” yielded a group of twenty-somethings in Mumbai. No offense, Poe, but it would seem naive to think Google has any loyalty towards America at all. Mostly they just happen to be headquartered in Palo Alto to enjoy certain protections, but actually consider themselves a global company.

        Third of all, Google isn’t in the business of being a search company. They’re in the advertising business, and don’t really give a shit if search results are accurate as long as people keep showing up to look at ads.

        Fourth of all, Google’s search engine is a black box, and it’s doubtful if even Google knows how it works exactly because it keeps evolving.

        Fifth of all, even if you’re accurate about Google gaming photo results, there is currently no way to alter such behavior because Google customer service does not exist for a free product. Who you gonna call?

        I’m pointing this stuff out because it seems to me both Google and Facebook represent a clear danger to the republic in the form of two actionable areas. Both are very close to the edge, for example, on the issue of anti-trust. Another area where they have placed themselves in jeopardy is the rampant fraud going on in automated ad tech. Both advertising agencies and marketing clients are just now waking up to the fact that they have spent billions for advertising exposure few humans have ever actually seen.

      • Perry Gaskill says:

        Lighten up, Francis.

        First of all, I can think of more serious reasons to despise Google than the evidence they have been manipulating photo results from a recent news event.

        Second of all, given the fact that Sundar Pinchai runs the show now it wouldn’t surprise me if a search for “white American inventors” yielded a group of twenty-somethings in Mumbai. No offense, Poe, but it would seem naive to think Google has any loyalty towards America at all. Mostly they just happen to be headquartered in Palo Alto to enjoy certain protections, but actually consider themselves a global company.

        Third of all, Google isn’t in the business of being a search company. They’re in the advertising business, and don’t really give a shit if search results are accurate as long as people keep showing up to look at ads.

        Fourth of all, Google’s search engine is a black box, and it’s doubtful if even Google knows how it works exactly because it keeps evolving.

        Fifth of all, even if you’re accurate about Google gaming photo results, there is currently no way to alter such behavior because Google customer service does not exist for a free product. Who you gonna call?

        I’m pointing this stuff out because it seems to me both Google and Facebook represent a clear danger to the republic in the form of two actionable areas. Both are very close to the edge, for example, on the issue of anti-trust. Another area where they have placed themselves in jeopardy is the rampant fraud going on in automated ad tech. Both advertising agencies and marketing clients are just now waking up to the fact that they have spent billions for advertising exposure few humans have ever actually seen. YMMV.

        • Poetrooper says:

          Perry, even if all your points are factual, and I have no reason to believe otherwise except for the antitrust issue, they change nothing about my original intent which was to demonstrate they will fraudulently represent current events to support the Democrat agenda regarding race and white males. I do believe I’m correct in that contention as there is no way of convincing me it was purely by circumstance.

          There is a more even mix now than when I first opened the page last week and ALL the pictures were as I described them. That is what inspired me to write the piece. They could be responding to criticism.

          As to trust actions, how can they be monopolies when they are free services that in no way compel you one to use them?

          • Perry Gaskill says:

            Sorry for the double post.

            Poe, I’m not saying you’re wrong on this. I have no way of knowing the facts on Google image display one way or the other. What’s also true is that of all the annoying things Google does, gaming image retrieval would rank lower on my own outrage scale than a few other things.

            For example, I have little doubt that Google is strongly biased in it’s selection of stories for Google News. Prior to the election, they were called out on this, admitted it, and said they would fix it. So far, nothing has changed. There has also been the recent issue, as pointed out below, of Google engineer James Damore getting fired because he dared to express the opinion that the gender dominance of males in tech might, in fact, have some biological basis.

            While it’s true you can’t reasonably be guilty of a monopoly for a free product, it’s important to understand that people using Google’s search engine are the product. Google’s actual customers are the advertisers trying to reach those using search. Last year, Google collected around 80 percent of search advertising revenue. Google has also been shown in the past to favor its own advertisers in the results of search queries.

            At the risk of repeating myself, there’s also the issue of Google’s dominance of ad exchanges which is just now being looked at for rampant fraud.

  6. Dave Hardin says:

    The trauma of trying to help people has become emotionally overwhelming for me.

    My neighbors hooked up their new camper and hauled ass during the last storm, leaving me and the Soviet, their 3 cats and one of those dogs that looks like it was hit in the face with a shovel.

    The pugnacious canine wouldn’t shut up so I went to Home Depot to get a can of the foam stuff to squirt in my ears. A few days with that dog and I missed the constant loud ringing in my ears that is usually only interrupted by the shrill of the spousal unit professing her unconditional love for me.

    I will spare you the horror of getting to Home Depot by the dodging and sudden braking that is always required. Auto manufacturers should stop putting the little stick that makes lights go blinky blinky in cars. Why cause the rest of us on the road the frustration of expecting people to use it. Maybe if the replaced it with a Blinky Blinky App for their phone it might solve this problem for the rest of us when they are driving.

    Ok, so I get to HD and of course have to park in a different zip code because the thirty handicapped spots are already full of people that are not so handicapped they can’t kick my ass if I try to beat them to the screw driver sale on Black Friday.

    So I force march past all those poor people, only to be greeted by some guy with a table set up who wants to come to my home and give me a Free Quote on a new roof. I dodge that prick by giving him my neighbors number and telling him my name is Nick.

    I keep my head down and try to work my way through the isles. I try to cut through the electrical section and am confronted by a woman holding a GFI breaker that she swears is broken because the button keeps popping out. I explain to her that all she needs is some duct tape on that button and she will be able to use her hair dryer in the bathtub with no more interruptions. I am helpful like that.

    I then have to dive out from in front of the rotund rebel with a cause on the electric scooter. He had that crazed look in his eye like he was stalking the person wanting to commit suicide by scooter.

    Thankfully, I hid behind some guy with a SEAL/SNIPER/RECON/AIRBORNE hat with his PTSD St. Bernard service dog.

    Damn, next isle has a couple that witnessed Picketts Charge wanting me to reach the last box of kitty litter for them. Who buys kitty litter at HD anyway? Where do these people come from? Why can’t they pretend I am invisible? What am I guilty of? I don’t know them and I can promise…they really would rather not know me.

    By the time I get to the isle with cans full of stuff, I forgot why I was there in the first place. So, I did the only thing that looked to be familiar to me.

    Don’t try to help people, its not worth it. As the saying goes, “A neighbor in need is…A pain in the ass.”

  7. Wilted Willy says:

    I love it Dave!

  8. gitarcarver says:

    This post is simply embarrassing.

    The fact of the matter is that only 23% – 24% percent of the people in Houston are black. It therefore stands to reason that 3 out of 4 people who need to be rescued would be non-black and 3 out of 4 people who are doing the rescuing are non-black.

    The post also assumes that the Google image search is static and would maintain the same images day after day. It is not. The images change based on various algorithms such as popularity of the image (number of hits) as well as the “freshness” of the image.

    People in water and people rescuing others is not race dependent.

    Shame on you Poe for trying to make it so.

    • akpual says:

      I think what Poe is trying to point out that white men are not an evil lot as depicted by media outlets and lefty internet companies. Not an embarrassing post at all.

    • jonp says:

      someone missed the point.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Gitarcarver, your lack of reading comprehension skills is simply embarrassing.

      For you.

      Your lack of deductive reasoning is simply embarrassing as well.

      The fact that 23% of the Houston population is black has no bearing whatsoever on what percentage needed to be rescued. The determinant in that case is where in Houston they live. A greatly disproportionate percentage of the poor live in low-lying areas therefore a much higher percentage of those rescued were people of color.

      I’m so embarrassed for you, Carver, showing your ass in such a snotty know-it-all manner.

      • Dave Hardin says:

        78% of what you post is sexist. Not one mention of women saving men, women saving women, or those who identify as women saving anyone.

        64% of what you post is racist. Muslim men who were saving people are not even mentioned.

        36% of what you post is alt-right Christian white male privilege defending. Joel Olsteen slammed the doors on thousands of needy people because Jesus didn’t want the carpets dirty.

        Do the math bro, there is something wrong with what you post 178% of the time. Of course there is a 3% margin of error in those numbers.

        Are you suggesting that Republicans stop saving Democrats every time there is a disaster?

      • gitarcarver says:

        So you made a post about race that you now claim has nothing to do with race.

        Got it.

        The fact of the matter is that no one rally knows what proportion were rescued and by whom. You drew that conclusion based on your one anecdotal examination of some images that fit your narrative and then ranted when other images went against that narrative.

        If the determination of whether someone has raised a valid point is based on your false narrative and your “being embarrassed,” I’ll wear that moniker every time, Poe.

        I won’t use the “racist” word to describe you, but your tactic in this post is similar to that often used by people like Sharpton and Jackson.

        I will concede this point – maybe I am tired because for the last week my church and other churches including AME churches have been running around helping people clean their yards, fix their homes and do anything we can to help. It doesn’t matter to us the race of the people being helped or those doing the helping.

        Let me know when you can get past looking at people’s color and dealing with their character.

        • Poetrooper says:

          Your liberal credentials are well displayed Gitarcarver. I write a piece about how Google uses image manipulation to sell liberal racial dogma and you call ME the racist.

          Then you go and put on your Christ-like halo and brag about how virtuous you are helping out with the AME churches. Let me know when you can quit patting yourself on the back.

          But, but, you’re such a good boy…

          For any of you who doubt that that Google manipulates search results, just Google:

          white American inventors

          You too, Carver, you pompous, holier than thou ass!

        • OldManchu says:

          Double fucking standard victim hippocrite.

        • akpual says:

          I’m sorry you’re tired. You know what I’m tired of? Being called a rasist, hater etc. because I disagree with allowing people to sneak into our country illegaly. I’m tired of being called a hater because I disagree with letting men into the ladies room while my granddaughter is there. Go down and hang out with your church friends and enjoy patting each other on the back.

    • OldManchu says:

      So then with only 24% of Houston as black why does Harris County alone populate 73% of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison System?

      Shouldn’t it ONLY be 1 out of 4? YOUR logic is not static. It’s a fallacy. Facts are facts and accusations of racism do not change that. You should look into the American culture of the black “family” in large cities. But that requires a lot of work and soul searching and doesn’t fit your liberal milestones does it now?

  9. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Fuck Google and Facebook… both are party organs for the left.

  10. Poetrooper says:

    For any of you who doubt that that Google manipulates search results, just Google:

    white American inventors

    • Yef says:

      Wow. That was epic. I just went down the rabbit hole and back.

      Are we the new Soviet Union?

    • Dave Hardin says:

      LOL, if you do the image search it is amazing. I had no idea that Ahmed Mohamed was either an inventor or white.

      He did always seem a bit privileged though…now I know where he gets that from.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Les Paul is listed as an inventor? He developed the electric guitar. Well, okay, I guess that, without his doing that, headbanger musicians and KISS wouldn’t have instruments to play.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Here’s a funny one from Patriot Post, a site I’m not familiar with but who obviously noticed the Google dishonesty as I did.

      https://patriotpost.us/memes/51094

    • LC says:

      For any of you who doubt that that Google manipulates search results, just Google:

      white American inventors

      It’s highly doubtful this is Google intentionally manipulating search results. It’s simply their (race-agnostic) algorithm seeing key words together and giving pages with those words a higher rank.

      Most white American inventors are probably simply called ‘inventors’ on pages about American history, so they key words ‘american’ and ‘inventor’ don’t appear together as they do, right next to each other, on a page that labels someone an ‘african-american inventor’. There’s a whole field (SEO, search-engine optimization) focused on how to get specific results at the top of Google’s results… not because Google manipulates things by hand, but by tricking the algorithms behind the rank.

      Maybe you’ll like this one – you’d think Googling ‘conservative politicians’ would, maybe, give you a list of them, right? Except the algorithms are very fuzzy and instead, the top article is one asking ‘why conservative politicians may be more attractive than liberal ones’. This doesn’t mean Google suddenly has a thing for the GOP, it just happened that that article hits the algorithm in the right way with those keywords.

      Sometimes they manipulate results, but not like this. It’s just SEO of the pages with African-American inventors hitting the algorithm in the right way.

      • Poetrooper says:

        LC, who do you think designs algorithms?

        The very purpose of an algorithm is to achieve a desired result with the minimal imput.

        NO?

        • LC says:

          Not like that, no. Page rank algorithms (or any associative algorithm) are designed to group things based on certain criteria – like, the frequency and proximity of words. Not even certain words – there’s not a special entry in the algorithm for ‘white’ or ‘black’, for example, they’re all just words.

          It gets a bit more complicated than that, obviously, and Google keeps their specific algorithm secret, but it’s based on numbers and calculations, not particular words. This is why you often (but less so recently as the algorithms have gotten better) find websites with tons of hidden material in the headers. This is often how SEO companies work, in fact – they update the latest buzz words in the header of a page, so it’s invisible to users, but still ends up higher on rankings, even for unrelated things.

          There’s also feedback, so searching for two terms together increases the ranking of pages with those. This is a simplified version of how people got ‘Santorum’ to mean something different than the Senator to search engines for a long while.

          Nobody sits at a terminal and says, “So, when they Google ‘white inventors’, let’s associate that with black guys…” It’s a bunch of numbers, calculations, and search feedback, all of which is pretty race-agnostic.

          Does Google tweak things sometimes? Sure, but you can’t tweak an algorithm of this size to get this sort of result.

          • Poetrooper says:

            So you’re going to attempt to convince Ol’ Poe that the page of American inventors just turned up like that due to race-neutral algorithms and a bit of chance, huh?

            I suppose next you’ll tell me you have some really nice oceanfront property in Oklahoma that you’ll let me have well below market price, hmmm?

            C’mon, LC, you’re smarter than to try to convince us that Google search result is purely by chance.

            If YOU believe that, then I have some oceanfront property in Oklahoma I’ll let you have well below market price, OK?

            • LC says:

              So you’re going to attempt to convince Ol’ Poe that the page of American inventors just turned up like that due to race-neutral algorithms and a bit of chance, huh?

              On the one hand, we have the reasonable explanation that the algorithm sees the proximity of (African-)American inventors and thus ranks searches for those same two words higher than it does for pages which don’t have them. Which is exactly what a word-associative algorithm would do if you were to write it today.

              On the other, we have a company -no, strike that, multiple companies- intentionally making exceptions to a complicated algorithm that would require additional coding, maintenance and compute power simply to skew results to ‘put down the white guy’.

              I’m going to go with Occam on this and say the first is considerably more likely. Do you think, in the example I posted above, Google is intentionally touting the apparent attractiveness of conservative politicians when you search for that phrase? Or is it simply an artifact of associative connections in the article?

              • 11B-Mailclerk says:

                Are you assuming that they design an algorithm without testing the output to ensure it produces a desired result?

                That testing and tuning is an ongoing process. They are -absolutely- tuning it to produce what they want it to produce.

                To assume otherwise would be to ignore reality. It is their -primary- revenue generator, without which the ads are without value and without customers.

                Now, are you also assuming that they are entirely unbiased, neutral, and not at all tempted to perhaps “adjust” things to produce a desired societal good, as they see it?

                if they believe, like most people seem to do, that “good” folks think like themselves, then such biased “tweaking” would seem like both “good” and “profitable” if they are using it for driving ad revenue right?

                Show me a company anywhere near that size that -doesn’t- try to tilt things in their desired direction.

                “Neutrality” is -not- their goal.

                • LC says:

                  No, of course I’m not assuming that – they most certainly do test their algorithm. But the testing of complicated algorithms like this is done via a test set, and its value for general use is how it does on that set – not singular cases. You can tweak parameters -mathematical constants of closeness for expressions, or similar words, etc- but you can’t, realistically, guide it to give you specific answers,… at least not without screwing up other results.

                  But as I mentioned below, if you’re so sure this is Google being a liberal villain and, despite being majority-white and only roughly 2% black, intentionally sticking it to ‘white American inventors’ (whom most of us would just call ‘american inventors’),… how do you explain Baidu’s search results? The Chinese search engine, which operates under similar principles of associativity, also prominently displays ‘African American Inventors‘ (again, their highlighting, not mine) when you search for the terms ‘white american inventors’. China tends to be more racist towards blacks than whites, and they certainly aren’t pushing a US-centric view of ‘white privilege’.

                  It’s not a conspiracy, it’s just how the terms happen to be laid about on the page, and how word-associate algorithms rank them.

                  Does Google embrace diversity? Sure, they have all sorts of recruiting things specifically tailored for women, or minorities, and we can argue about whether those are helpful or hurtful, and I’d probably argue both sides myself… but their search results aren’t a conspiracy. It’s just how this sort of stuff works.

          • Thunderstixx says:

            Isn’t he just amazing Poe ???
            The more he says the more I am impressed with his ultragenius !!!!

      • Thunderstixx says:

        Dear Lord Larsyboi, I am constantly amazed at your omnipotence and the vast genius brain power of yours that gives you all of the knowledge you have and constantly display to us unworthy peasants and serfs here on TAH.
        you be nominated for Professor of the decade at UC Berkeley and your chair in your office should be bronzed and maintained in perpetuity as a tribute to your magnificence !!!
        Oh please Mr Larsyboi, your eminence, your lordship, where do I send my accolades and offerings ?????

        • LC says:

          I’m not Lars, Thunderstixx. And I’m generally willing to admit when I don’t know a lot about a subject. This just happens to be something I do know a little bit about.

          If you want an ‘independent’ test, go to Baidu.com – it’s the main Chinese search engine. Search for “white american inventors” and, unsurprisingly to me, the 4th link down is ‘Top 10 African American Inventors‘ – emphasis theirs. Now, China tends to be far more racist to blacks than whites, so either this is a global conspiracy to put down the white guy,… or it’s just what I said above. Take your pick.

  11. Woodstuff says:

    The damages and recovery of hurricane victims of both Harvey and Irma have virtually disappeared from eMSM coverage. They have moved on to another *news cycle* as if nothing ever happened.

    • UpNorth says:

      Forget Harvey, never mind Irma, it’s all about Maria now. After all, it has “smashed Dominica” and now “menaces Puerto Rico”. At least, that’s what the AP is saying.
      It will be terrible for both, because Dominica has no money, either half of the island. And, Puerto Rico is in the same boat. They’re broke, whatever damage is done will take decades to repair.
      How long will the focus be on Dominica and Puerto Rico? Less time than either Texas/Louisiana or Florida/Georgia.

  12. OldManchu says:

    I bet gitarcarver was nowhere near the devastation and damned sure didn’t lend some blood sweat and tears in recovery OR rescue.

    • Poetrooper says:

      He was too busy mowing black peoples’ yards and polishing his frickin’ halo. I wonder if he threw his Superman’s cape across any puddles for little old black women on their way to African Methodist Episcopal churches?

      Wow, what a guy!

      Talk about liberal virtue signaling…

      • OldManchu says:

        According to his self righteous claims, he damn sure better have cleaned 3 WHITE CHURCHES for every 1BLACK CHURCH. Otherwise that would make him racially disproportionate according to his own logic.

  13. CPT11A says:

    I just got back from my state activation for Harvey this past weekend.

    At first, we established stationary “pods” where people could get supplies as the stores were still closed. As the stores opened up, we started running “mobile pod” missions where we drove into still-flooded areas and distributed vital supplies.

    I kept getting assigned to do the mobile mission in a part of the town that was low-income, high-crime, and mostly African-American. At one point, we went into an apartment complex and I remember thinking my Scottish ass would not feel comfortable walking around that place any other time. But that day, people were just happy to see us, whether we were white, black or other.

    I guess natural disasters just push all that SJW bullshit out the window. For those directly affected, at least.

  14. DHM1967 says:

    Is google covering up? Google American Inventors and see what the images across the top look like.

    • Reaperman says:

      Wow, that looks pretty bad. I think it has to do with all the extra inventor stories the internet uses to fill black history month, as well as all the school projects forcing kids to search for ‘african american inventors.’

  15. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Why would you be surprised that Google, famous recently for firing a guy who dared to question the PC status quo on female engineers, might have some unique algorithms?

    I don’t know about anything truly nefarious at work here, I tend to not worry about how search engines find images…but if it eases your mind at all this appeared when I googled Houston Rescue Efforts…

    https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2017-08/29/16/asset/buzzfeed-prod-fastlane-03/sub-buzz-24348-1504037167-11.jpg?downsize=1600:*&output-format=auto&output-quality=auto

  16. Docduracoat says:

    Could it be that white people are generally wealthier and more of them own boats?
    A boat is a luxury item and poor people are less likely to buy one

    • Reaperman says:

      I expect that on the whole, Houston is a wealthier area than where the ‘Cajun Navy’ comes from–with exceptions, of course. While flat bottom boats aren’t entirely viewed as a luxury here, I expected them to be fairly expensive purchases that everybody just has. After searching, it seems they’re surprisingly inexpensive, and now I want one.

      • Poetrooper says:

        Flat bottom boats are a working man’s boat, Reaperman, but I expect the choice of boats was determined more by their ability to navigate shallow flood waters than for any other reason.

    • Poetrooper says:

      How many thirty foot sailboats or cabin cruisers did you see out there picking up strangers? Those are rich folks’ boats, Doc.

      On the other hand, I think you are correct in believing that economics and culture played a large role. I have no way of knowing except from my own boating experiences, but I would wager that whites own far more boats by percentage than either blacks or Hispanics.

      Now that I think about it, nowhere I have traveled have I ever seen people of color engaged in leisure boating. It appears to be a largely white activity.

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