Saturday, September 03, 2005

Wake Up and Smell the Genocide


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Originally uploaded by Improbable Roach.
From SF Indymedia:
We have Amtrak here that could have carried everybody out of town. There were enough school buses that could have evacuated 20,000 people easily, but they just let them be flooded. My son watched 40 buses go underwater - they just wouldn't move them, afraid they'd be stolen.
The New Orleans tragedy could have easily prevented, it is the poorest in New Orleans, many of whom are black, that are still there suffering, most everyone with a moderate income got the hell out. The United States response to Hurricane Katrina has been deplorable as the hurricane approached and their response after the storm is even more abysmal. This leads me to conclude one of two things.

  • 1) The United States is completely inept at actually responding to a disaster, which is possible.

  • 2) The Federal Government made a conscious decision not to provide enough resources to get everyone out of the city, and deliberately delayed on the recovery effort.

  • Either way, the Bush Administration has once again demonstrated what a miserable failure the president is.

    From GNN:
    Commentators noted the victims of the hurricane were overwhelmingly African Americans, too poor to flee the region as the hurricane loomed unlike some of their white neighbors.

    New Orleans ranks fifth in the United States in terms of African American population and 67 percent of the city’s residents are black.

    “In one of the poorest states in the country, where black people earn half as much as white people, this has taken on a racial dimension,” said a report in Britain’s Guardian daily.

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