Wednesday, April 18, 2012
1912 Titanic Disaster: Was Racism To Blame?
As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, new shocking evidence has surfaced that a racist vendetta was at the epicenter of the disaster.
NBC News is about to release a mostly unedited Morse Code transcript of messages between the Newfoundland Emergency Operator and the Titanic's Captain, George White, moments before the fatal altercation:
Operator: Newfoundland SOS, what is your emergency?
Titanic: This is George White, skipper of the Titanic. I'm on neighborhood watch in the North Atlantic. It's dark out and I think I see an iceberg.
Operator: An iceberg? Can you describe it?
Titanic: It's big.... there's no moon out tonight... It looks black!
It is believed the enraged White, who happened to be white, pursued the iceberg instead of turning the ship to avoid it as the operator suggested. The situation deteriorated quickly and within hours, the Titanic had sunk taking with it thousands of passengers, many of them wealthy people who deserved it.
White's defenders will probably argue that it is almost impossible to turn a large vessel quickly and the confrontation was unfortunate but unavoidable. However, the historical record indicates White was driving the ship too fast and was in an area it shouldn't have been in to begin with, as other neighborhood watch craft in the area had broadcast iceberg sightings earlier in the evening.
It is likely that White, harboring deep-seated hatred for ice, deliberately sought out a large iceberg in an attempt to provoke a quarrel and incite violence.
Experts fear the new revelations will lead to an anti-ice backlash and warn against citizens refusing ice in their drinks or defrosting refrigerators too often in a display of disrespect to the iceberg community.
FL: Attempted robbery suspect shot, killed: "An attempted robbery suspect was shot dead by his intended victim late Monday, Orlando police said. The suspect, Tavish Lee Mathews, was attempting to rob Terrance Lamar Taylor in the 2000 block of W. Jackson Street when the shooting occurred, said police spokesman Officer Dave Allmond. Taylor pulled out a gun and shot Mathew numerous times. He was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he later died. Investigators have determined the shooting was justified and Taylor will not be charged, Allmond said."
Detroit Robbers shot : "Two men were shot, one fatally, during an apparent botched robbery on Detroit's east side this afternoon, police said. The shooting occurred after two men met two other men to purchase merchandise from them in the 19300 block of Lumpkin, according to Detroit police. Police said one of the men who was said to be selling the merchandise pulled a gun and demanded money from the buyers. Police did not say what the merchandise was. It appears that as one of the buyers, 19, began removing items from his pockets, the man with him, 29, pulled out a weapon and began firing shots, police said. One of the apparent robbers, 19, was killed and the other, also 19, was critically injured, police said."
CA: Robber chased off by gunfire: "Enshrah Ayesh, whose family owns the store, said she and several family members were working when a tall man dressed in a puffy jacket whom she had never seen before walked into the store ... She said the man then demanded money. Her mother was behind the counter at the register and started reaching for the money, but the man began hitting her, Ayesh said. The man then fired a shot that grazed her mother's cheek, Ayesh said. Her father and her brother then came running from the back. Her father, who was armed with a gun, began shooting at the man, who grabbed her brother as a shield, she said. "Of course my father stopped shooting," she said. The man dragged her brother out of the store, then let him go, got on a bicycle and rode off, she said. He hadn't taken anything from the store."