The statement was racist and to me, discredited the author as being fair and open minded, so I had no reason to take anything else he had to say as the truth.
I'm not saying he didn't have any other good points, he may have. I just didn't feel the need to read further into his opinion.
It reminds me of an ad for a product that was stating that creatine is useless, and gave a lot of miss-information about creatine to make their product look better.
The product may have been good, but I chose not to believe any of the other information about the product due to their false claims about creatine. I know some of the information is wrong, so why should I trust any of the rest?
That was my mind set anyway. I've read other information about similar issues that didn't come off as being racist or ignorant.
The people's lack of taking action could have been due to many other issues. They may have been poor, lazy, and wanted everything handed to them despite being black, not because of it. I've seen many white and Asian people act the same way, and have seen many black people of today act the way the author describes black people from an earlier time.
In regards to the first question asked, it would largely depend on my financial situation, how much time I had between knowing of the hurricane coming, and my knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation (along with some common sense), and if I made it out of there safely, I wouldn't think that being white had anything to do with it.