I was naked, and you clothed me

Why didn’t New Orleans deserve the response that Florida got when Andrew hit? I am beginning to believe that race was a big part of it. People sat in their living rooms and watched black people being rescued. They saw pictures of black people looting. They heard about black people shooting each other. And they didn’t see themselves, so they didn’t help. Actually, I should just point you to what Anne Rice has written about New Orleans and the resopnse to Katrina:

But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the weak among us, you called us “Sin City,”

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  1. I think I might agree

    This is Nathan BTW. I am not itchy to pull the racist trigger…even though it would suit my liberal agenda…but I have to say the more I think about it the more it feels to me that there is some, at the very least, unintentional institutional racism at work here. I think you basically are saying what I am thinking. I don’t think peoples failure to act fast was becasue of any overt: “Look black people dying, who cares” but I do think that folks were slow to react because the majority of faces flashing across the tv were not white faces. I don’t know this for sure of course, and proving it would be hard, but I can’t think of another reason it took that long to send in help, real help.

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