December 07, 2005

Hurricane Victims Continue to Cry Racism

Forgive this rant a bit. It never ceases to amaze me that when faced with a crisis, some people can do nothing but point fingers.

As you may be aware, Congress is holding hearings to determine what went wrong during Katrina-in New Orleans. Who failed. Because someone needs to be blamed, what gets lost in translation is the fact that a Hurricane is a natural disaster. One that gives ample warning.

Now, you may ask, "what about all the people devastated by the storm?" Yes, let's look at that.

The people in Waveland Mississippi, or points surrounding are not testifying before Congress. Why? Because they recognize that a natural disaster cannot be blamed upon anyone. They also recognize that now is the time to rebuild not cast aspersions.

No, the only people before Congress are the residents of Lousiana, New Orleans in particular. They are crying racism. Yes, that is right. Racism. All those white people, asians, and foreigners aside, the African American residents of New Orleans claim that they were mistreated because of racism.

Now, let's look at history once more. A devastating hurricane was coming. Lousiana's governor and New Orleans' Mayor took their time with evacuations. When it was literally too late, they ordered a mandatory evacuation, yet still some people stayed. Once it was safe to enter the City, rescue workers began the task of helping those in need. They were met with shots fired, looting, assault and a general air of importance from those who should have been grateful to be rescued.

Now, me? I would have hoofed it out of the city to save my family. But, I take responsibility for my safety and that of my family.

I am not saying that FEMA didn't drop the ball. But hey, think about it. Had they been in the City before the flood, they too would have been stuck at the Convention Center, stuck at the Stadium, stuck on an overpass or roof. The bitch really is that they didn't get there soon enough. Well, they wouldn't have been required so soon if the residents of New Orleans and her leaders had removed themselves from the path of the Hurricane.

Let's put the blame where it really lies. Local incompetence and A HURRICANE! Yes, I realize this is a newsflash for those crying racism before Congress. But racist rednecks didn't put you in peril. You knew a hurricane was coming and didn't leave the city. Sorry, my sympathy only goes so far. My sympathy lies with the poor residents of Waveland Mississippi or the small towns surrounding her in which very few buildings are left standing. Where few have focused their attention and where no one is boo hooing their own lack of responsibility. Rather, they are working for a better tomorrow. Rebuilding their homes, businesses and lives and taking responsiblity for themselves. Oh yeah, and they haven't forgotten that a Hurricane, and not a racist cop, politician or FEMA director took their homes and interrupted their lives.

Rant over, resume regularly scheduled programming.

Posted by Oddybobo at December 7, 2005 10:05 AM

A perfectly justified rant. people look at me as if I'm the reincarnation of Nathan Bedford Forrest when I say that "Only the stupid people died - with a few exceptions." But it's true. An earthquake comes with no warning, but a hurricaine gives everyone an equal chance at survival. Black or white, that storm is coming, so you'd better get out of the way.


Posted by: RightGirl at December 7, 2005 03:49 PM

There were days of warning - and it was a category 5, heading right NOLA until a few short hours before landfall.

Everyone says "they don't have cars, they don't have money..." Apparently they also don't have feet. In one day, over level ground (and there were roads to walk along) all but the most infirm could have walked inland 20 or 30 miles. Baton Rouge was probably a 2 day walk.

If you want to survive and you have days worth of notice, get out.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at December 7, 2005 09:36 PM

Damn! What Deb says is harsh but true.

We live in Florida. We know that requires a certain amount of personal responsibility. If you can't take it I'm sure the government will pay for you to live somewhere else.

Posted by: Janette at December 9, 2005 02:46 AM

Your rant hit home - my hometown! I share your rant and point to the list of deaths as a result of the hurricane. It is on the Louisiana State website and almost the same number of whites died as blacks!

Most of the people who died were elderly and I think this is where we should focus our attention! The elderly need to rise and claim discrimination!

Also, we only saw people in the news who were downtown - which is/was surrounded by housing projects.

They don't show the people leaving New Orleans for higher ground in Metairie (next door). If you look at pictures of people who were waiting to catch the busses at the pick up area, they were of mixed races!

I love the City of New Orleans, but it pains me to see a culture breeding dependence and then expecting people to show up at the Super Dome with three days of food and water!

The disaster was not natural and it wasn't racially motivated. It was the alignment of multiple failures and errors which lead to the breach of levees, flooding of homes and businesses, and stranded families of every race! (Did you know New Orleans East has a very large Asian population?)

Posted by: Christina at December 9, 2005 01:02 PM

A Washington Post Article -

Posted by: Christina at December 9, 2005 04:14 PM