Comments: Katrina: CBC, Jackson, MSM start 'Blame Bush' game

It will be interesting to look back at this after the urgency has passed and the numbers have been tallied. What will the effect of this politicization be on the fund raising efforts? What will the effects of the constant streaming video of looting & violence be on those who might otherwise rush to the Red Cross with their check books open? What might the aggregate effect be on potential donors when they see repeated clips on the news of people from the projects wading out of the deep water and demanding that the government help the NOW!! - without the slightest hint of a ‘please’ in their voice. What will be the total aid provided by volunteer donors in this event and how will it compare to 9/11?

Please don’t misunderstand my point. In no way am I suggesting that the attitude of some in this horrific tragedy should dictate how much aid is brought forth by everyone in this great nation. I’m simply asking the sociological question.

A person would have to be dense not to have been able to predict that the ‘R’ word would soon rise out of this tragedy. Close to 70% of New Orleans regular population is black and 99% of the victims shown on TV footage are black. How much will the ‘R’ factor influence donations?

Apparently one of the first mistakes made by the local and federal authorities in this instance was to overestimate the civility of many in the affected area. I can’t help but draw comparisons between New Orleans now and Baghdad shortly after the fall of Saddam. The Bush administration was criticized heavily in the early days of the war for not providing enough security personnel quickly enough in Baghdad. The same will be said in this situation. Are the New Orleanians as a group no different than the Iraqis?

Why is such a great (disproportionate??) percentage of the cable news footage focused on New Orleans when the devastation is apparently just as complete in other parts of Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama?

As the finger pointing has begun in earnest, what about this question? How much of the blame (for the New Orleans crisis) should be put on those who did have the means to flee prior to the storm but chose not to do so? Think about it. I would suspect that the number of people too stubborn or too stupid to leave when the MANDATORY evacuation order was given (before the storm) is in the thousands if not tens of thousands. If those people had left when they ‘coulda/shoulda’ have, they would not be needing rescue now. The few resources available at the start of this crisis could have been more effectively focused on those who didn’t have the means to evacuate. In my book, those people collectively carry as much blame as any one or any group. How many of those people pointing a demanding finger at the cameras fall into that catagory?

Again, please don’t misunderstand my point. Regardless of their prior situations, all those who are now victims of the flood should be provided timely, respectful assistance. But when the fingers start pointing and the jaws start flapping and charges are leveled about the exact manner in which help is being provided by people who are working their butts off to do so, some ought to look inward.

Posted by Odd Brian at September 2, 2005 07:35 PM

I wonder how it must be for them to wake up everyday and try to figure out how to bring race into any given situation without looking like an ass. At least they can figure half of it out.

Posted by whtfucover at September 2, 2005 09:30 PM

I've received email from someone I know who used to live in NOLA.

It appears that Jackson followed through and helped evacuate Xavier college students.

Posted by DarkStar at September 4, 2005 07:44 PM

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