Katrina's Hidden Race War
Three years later, the Nation looks into claims of organized attacks on black residents in New Orleans by white vigilantes in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Apparently, the fate of Donnell Herrington (who was blasted in the neck with a shotgun by a group of men shouting, "Get that ****er!") was part of a larger pattern:
"Facing an influx of refugees, [some] white residents, convinced that crime would arrive with the human exodus, sought to seal off the area, blocking the roads in and out of the neighborhood by dragging lumber and downed trees into the streets. They stockpiled handguns, assault rifles, shotguns and at least one Uzi and began patrolling the streets in pickup trucks and SUVs. The newly formed militia, a loose band of about fifteen to thirty residents, most of them men, all of them white, was looking for thieves, outlaws or, as one member put it, anyone who simply 'didn't belong.'
The existence of this little army isn't a secret — in 2005 newspaper reporters wrote up the group's activities in glowing terms in articles that showed up on an array of pro-gun blogs; one story called it 'the ultimate neighborhood watch.'"