August 31, 2005

This is where the party ends

Filed under: Laws and Sausages — tomemos @ 9:18 am

Everyone, please give whatever you can to the Red Cross to help with the damage from Hurricane Katrina. The news is saying it may be the worst natural disaster in American history, certainly the worst since the 1906 earthquake. Sounds like as good a time as any for charitable work.

And, if you’re looking for something to be cynical about, check this out.

Addendum: I wasn’t clear: I’m not cynical about the looting. I mean, it’s bad to take valuables that aren’t yours and that you don’t need to survive, it adds to the devastation, whatever. But I could give a shit about people taking food and supplies, and I’d like to see anyone placed in the same situation take some kind of moral high ground.

What I’m cynical about is the captions. You’ll notice that the picture of the black guy with food says that he has just “looted” a store, while the white couple has just “taken” food, as if it were in a Free box or something. Now, admittedly these are from different news agencies, so it’s not proof of egregious racism. But it does seem to confirm something which I’ve suspected, which is that a lot of the attention paid to the looting has been paid because New Orleans is a largely black city.



  1. there is some cynical-potential in some of the looting going on. but it’s of the criminal variety. i don’t really have a problem with people looting grocery stores. they’re stuck in a city that’s 80% under water. many of them are trying to survive in attics or on rooftops. it’s hot as hell. they certainly don’t have access to their refrigerators. and it’s not like they can buy food anywhere. so if they must loot a grocery store to eat, that’s fine with me.

    now, if they’re looting the local radio shack, that’s a problem.

    Comment by amy — August 31, 2005 @ 9:24 am

  2. I definitely agree with you, I was being cynical about the reporting of the issue. (I updated the entry to make my meaning clearer.)

    Comment by Tom — August 31, 2005 @ 9:37 am

  3. thanks for the clarification. you had even so nicely circled the key words and I missed it. very sloppy of me.

    Comment by amy — August 31, 2005 @ 11:28 am

  4. What’s weird is that I read and remembered both circled words as “looting” – after reading your addendum I went back to the link to find I was wrong. I guess that says… something… psychological… about me.

    Comment by julie — August 31, 2005 @ 1:11 pm

  5. I don’t give a shit if they loot a radio shack. They probably just lost 90+% of their wordly possessions, and their city will be unlivable for a minimum of 3 months (according to gubernatorial estimates, but let’s be realistic since we are talking about LA and say a year).

    What I care about is people shooting other people. There’s just no excuse for that whichever way you slice it.

    Comment by locks — September 1, 2005 @ 9:28 am

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