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After Hurricane Ian hits Fort Myers, Black neighborhood residents say they arenít counting on much help (341 hits)


After Hurricane Ian hits Fort Myers, Black neighborhood residents say they arenít counting on much help
Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY -

FORT MYERS, Fla. Ė Shannon Tolbert and her cousins had no power two days after Hurricane Ian made landfall, so they cooled off in the shade of a compact SUV trunk Friday afternoon in front of the house.

They live in Dunbar, a historically Black area of Fort Myers that also houses a growing Hispanic and Latino population. Lining the roads were uprooted trees, straggled power lines, piles of fence remnants and storm debris from Ianís Category 4 winds.

ďEvery time we have a storm, weíre the last ones to get power,Ē said Tolbert's cousin, lifetime Dunbar resident Valorie Simmons, a steel factory worker. Simmons' daughter Cherell Lindsey nodded along with Tolbert's daughter, who was lounging in the SUV's back seat.

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Tuesday, October 4th 2022 at 12:47PM
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ďItís expected," Simmons said. "Where it's Black and brown people ... we get it last."


Tuesday, October 4th 2022 at 10:51PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Post some real information, why don't you Ron?

Wednesday, October 5th 2022 at 12:38AM
Steve Williams
That information is real to the people left homeless because of the storm, both black and white and there story will be told, Steve.


Wednesday, October 5th 2022 at 7:18AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Why does MSN aggregate these stories and why do you repeat their aggregation here Ron? Were you stationed at Fort Meyers or something?

Wednesday, October 5th 2022 at 9:50AM
Steve Williams
No Steve, I was stationed at Orlando Florida. Are you sure you want to use this word ď aggregate?Ē

aggregate
ag∑gre∑gate
noun
/ˈaɡriɡət/
1.
a whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements.
"the council was an aggregate of three regional assemblies"
2.
a material or structure formed from a loosely compacted mass of fragments or particles.
synonyms: collection, mass, cluster, lump, clump, pile, heap, bundle, quantity; More
adjective
1.
formed or calculated by the combination of many separate units or items; total.
"the aggregate amount of grants made"
synonyms: total, combined, whole, gross, accumulated, added, entire, complete, full, comprehensive, overall, composite
"an aggregate score of 3Ė2"
verb
/ˈaɡrəˌɡāt/
1.
form or group into a class or cluster.
"the butterflies aggregate in dense groups"

Wednesday, October 5th 2022 at 1:45PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Now which one of those definitions fits your point?




Wednesday, October 5th 2022 at 2:05PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Don't play dumb Ron. You aggregate "reports" here , with no purpose, no interest.


Thursday, October 6th 2022 at 2:06AM
Steve Williams
How am I playing dumb, when I am asking you for clarity in your last statement. Steve, I am looking for clarity in your last statement OK!
Thursday, October 6th 2022 at 6:14AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Aggregate means to "collect together." We're not talking about concrete Ron, not unless we're talking about the rocks in your head.

How are the folks in Dunbar doing today? Do they have their air conditioning back now?

Thursday, October 6th 2022 at 1:58PM
Steve Williams
Steve, if this was you and your family, I wonder how your attitude would be under similar circumstances.


Thursday, October 6th 2022 at 6:23PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Ron, I lose power here often, once during an ice storm for six days. I'm at the end of the line so I'm the last to be restored. Should I complain because I'm out in the country? These folks live where they live, it's their choice. You don't even know where they live. Where is the steel yard for instance?

Friday, October 7th 2022 at 1:26AM
Steve Williams
Steve, many of the people in that storm lost everything they had in life and you want to compare yourself your power outage to that, these people power might be out for weeks, if not months.

WOW!!! STEVEÖ


Friday, October 7th 2022 at 8:37AM
Deacon Ron Gray
This blog is about Dunbar Ron. Those folks didn't lose everything they had. They only lost power. They lost their air conditioning, that's all. All this story is to you is click bait, that's all you and MSN are about. You couldn't care less about the people of Dunbar.

Friday, October 7th 2022 at 11:42AM
Steve Williams
This is what Simmons said. "Where it's Black and brown people ... we get it last."

Black residents of Dunbar said they fear the aftermath of Hurricane Ian will be no different, saying the cityís wealthier, majority-white neighborhoods typically have better power grids and get power back sooner.

ďThatís going to be No. 1 priority. Anything where itís majority people of color, itís going to be last,Ē said Tolbert, a dental assistant.


Friday, October 7th 2022 at 12:19PM
Deacon Ron Gray
"Anything where itís majority people of color, itís going to be last." It's not about colored people Ron, Stop being a victim.

Friday, October 7th 2022 at 12:23PM
Steve Williams
YOUR WORDS: "Anything where itís majority people of color, itís going to be last."

MY QUESTION: Why do you think that is Steve?





Friday, October 7th 2022 at 12:58PM
Deacon Ron Gray
I don't think that Ron. I quoted it so I could say, "Don't be a victim."

Friday, October 7th 2022 at 2:21PM
Steve Williams
What do you think I must do not to become a victim Steve?


Friday, October 7th 2022 at 3:28PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Don't think of yourself as colored, that's what Ron.

Friday, October 7th 2022 at 8:15PM
Steve Williams
Can you not think of yourself as white Steve? If not, color has a lot to do with the actions of the majority in this country, you know that, don't you Steve?



Friday, October 7th 2022 at 9:27PM
Deacon Ron Gray
You have two buckets Ron, colored and white. That's primitive thinking.

Saturday, October 8th 2022 at 4:49AM
Steve Williams
Can you not think of yourself as white Steve?


Saturday, October 8th 2022 at 10:43AM
Deacon Ron Gray
I do my best to not think of anyone as a color Ron. I'd prefer to be known as European, and you as African.


Saturday, October 8th 2022 at 7:32PM
Steve Williams
In your opinion Steve, why canít you be an American, you was born in this country werenít you?


Sunday, October 9th 2022 at 8:30AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Of course Ron, we are all Americans. The history of African Americans in Fort Myers is very interesting. Have you heard?

Sunday, October 9th 2022 at 12:28PM
Steve Williams
Yes, I heard. Steve, then why can't you think of yourself as an American?
Sunday, October 9th 2022 at 4:05PM
Deacon Ron Gray
How do I think of myself Ron?

Sunday, October 9th 2022 at 5:50PM
Steve Williams
On May 10, 1904, access to the Fort Myers area was greatly improved with the opening of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, connecting Punta Gorda to Fort Myers. This route provided Lee County both passenger and freight railroad service.[36] The arrival of the railroad, however, also led to greater segregation in Fort Myers. With the railroad came the need for more unskilled labor and the arrival of a more uneducated workforce, compared to many African Americans who had already resided in town, some of whom had been tradespersons, vendors, and landowners. These more middle-class black citizens, as well as the new African-American laborers, were increasingly pressured to move to the segregated area that would become known as Safety Hill. This area of town, as can be seen by contemporary photographs, had a lower quality of houses and street surfaces.[37] The area, now known as Dunbar, is still highly segregated from the rest of Fort Myers.[38]

Sunday, October 9th 2022 at 5:57PM
Steve Williams
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