Comments: Katrina - mythical and factual racism

Well stated Debbye. The media also missed or ignored stories such as the 14 year old youth (black also) who managed to start an abandoned school bus and drove around the neighbourhood picking up people and then heading for safety. I guess those kind of stories don't sell papers or raise ratings.

Posted by John B at October 4, 2005 10:53 AM

This is all very well written and interesting as is John B's Story about the 14 year old driving people to safety.

I have been enjoying some of the exchanges between actual residents of the Katrina and Rita affected areas on ProteinWisdom.

Some interesting views about keeping one's security safe at home and on the net are worth consideration: http://My.Opera.com/T-G/

Photography too. Good site? 73s TG

Posted by TonyGuitar at October 4, 2005 12:28 PM

John, you hit that nail. There was also an account of a woman who gave birth while stranded on one of the overpasses and a pocket knife was sterilized with a lighter to cut the umbilical cord. Or the five-year old who led younger children to safety after being separated from their parents. These incidents were reported - briefly - on air but reporters focused on the false horror stories.

The media chose imaginary horror and savagery over heroism. Their worldview is not mine.

Tony, I haven't read ProteinWisdom lately (too many scandals in Canada!) Thanks for a the nudge - I really do need to get out more.

Posted by Debbye at October 4, 2005 02:16 PM

Nice post and I could not believe whinning about every ill in the world would lower the water levels either.

Posted by Dex at October 4, 2005 02:36 PM

I cannot help but wonder if there would be calls for investigations into the federal response without the context of murder, rape and piles of corpses in the Superdome and the Convention Center. So much of the criticism was predicted on the horrible stories coming out of NOLA.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at October 6, 2005 10:09 PM

Stephen, I hadn't considered that aspect but I think you are right. That means that the Congress too was willing to believe the worst.

The media should apologize. They should grovel. They should get on their knees and beg the forgiveness of those they slandered and those they gulled.

But they won't.

Posted by Debbye at October 7, 2005 07:17 PM