Hmmm . . . I've been trolling around (better watch how I use that phrase!) my flist leaving pretty political comments, something I rarely do (except at cruisedirector
's LJ, because I feel comfortable doing so there).
But it's hard not to feel like the situation in New Orleans is racism at its most blatant and obvious in this country. The proportion of white faces we see in the video evidence is maybe 1% of the suffering.
And giving money seems almost pointless when there's nobody in charge who seems to know what the f**k to do right now. I'm starting to agree with just_jimbo
! Why wasn't martial law imposed from the beginning?
Now we can sit around and scratch our heads about people firing guns at the supposed rescuers. If we start blaming the suffering people for their plight, does this ease our guilt at not being able to help?
Why are we not seeing this on T.V. 24/7? It seems ridiculous to be listening to Jay Leno's jokes when tens of thousands are without homes, food or water right here in our own country.
I think we'll be talking about this for weeks, months and years to come . . . Hope the finger-pointing takes a backseat to recognizing the real issues. We are unprepared for a national disaster. 9-11 was one thing. This is another.
We're not as advanced as we think. A comment about our 21st Century lifestyle regressing to a Third World situation overnight is probably the best description I've heard of what's happened.