Comments: Christ on a crutch!

i don't know who rob is, but u sound like an asshole.

if race doesn't have anything to do with this, then what's your point in bringing up the N word?

i doubt you'd do so if the images you saw were mostly white people, looting or not.

Posted by TRUE at September 1, 2005 11:24 AM

well, true, in my mind, the N-word is used to refer to lazy, ignorant, selfish bastards. As far as I'm concerned, a "ni...." is nothing more than that. No matter what color their skin is. Should I refer to the crackers, spics, japs, and chinks as well?

And I didn't USE it. I said I UNDERSTAND why some people use it. And it applies.

Get it straight you race-baiting loser: ANYONE who takes advantage of the situation to take more than basic necessities deserves to be shot. On sight. White, Black, PURPLE with GREEN POLKA-DOTS, ok? Kids and old people too.

I don't know why we're seeing almost exclusively black looters, but I KNOW there are looters of all colors, races, and creeds. New Orleans is a diverse city, especially its poorest citizens.

Don't come here calling me an asshole, ok? This is my sandbox. Don't piss in it.

Posted by caltechgirl at September 1, 2005 11:32 AM

Personally I agree, they should shoot looters on sight. There is no excuse for that type of behavior.

Posted by Contagion at September 1, 2005 11:46 AM

I agree with you.

This disaster happened in a severely poverty stricket area where they take this as their chance to get things they couldn't before.

It's sick...I can't stand to see it!

Posted by Sissy at September 1, 2005 08:24 PM

Wait to judge until you walk in their shoes.

I grew up in Mississippi, you know, the state that inhabitants of Arkansas wake up every morning saying, "Praise God we're not in Mississippi!"

In other words, the poorest state in the Union.

I saw poverty, and the poverty I saw (and thankfully did not have to experience first hand) was not the worst that existed in the state.

It is easy to judge when you are well fed, warm, and do not have to worry about waking up with no food, no clean clothing, and no hope tomorrow.

It is easy to sound like Rob when you have no imagination and no empathy, only anger.

It is easy to say many things when you have it easy.

I recall an innocent man who was executed around 2000 years ago saying much the same...

And two millenia later, we still have not learned the lesson.

Posted by Jack at September 2, 2005 12:08 PM

It isn't about the poor taking what they need to suvive, it's about the people who are acting out of self-centered stupidity. How will taking things that have no survival benefits or shooting at people trying to give aid help feed you, keep you warm, clothe you or give you hope for anything?

Posted by marybeth at September 3, 2005 11:22 AM

I would like to ask you about your outrage.

Did these looters defund levy maintenance and argue about who was in charge while people drowned in their homes and died of exposure? Did they wait days to get troops in? If it turns out thousands could have been saved but weren't because of bungling will you show the same outrage?

Time will tell, but I suspect gangs and gang members played a big roll in the looting and violence. I have no sympathy for these guys and shooting them is fine - but they are only part of a story.

When everything settles down, hopefully we'll get a clearer picture of what happened on a local, state, and federal level. That will help us answer the questions above to some assurance.

While these criminals deserve harsh treatment, we'll have done a grave disservice to those that died by allowing them to become scape goats if our government failed to do all it could have done.

Posted by Super G at September 5, 2005 06:07 AM