Sunday, September 04, 2005

"Why Didn't They Just Leave?"

An AP article for the uninformed or thoughtless who might be asking this question today. Also for those who prefer to calm their own sense of guilt by blaming the victims. A sampling of facts below:

People living in the path of Hurricane Katrina's worst devastation were twice as likely as most Americans to be poor and without a car - factors that may help explain why so many failed to evacuate as the storm approached...

-Median household income in the most devastated neighborhood was $32,000, or $10,000 less than the national average.

-Two in 10 households in the disaster area had no car, compared with 1 in 10 in nationwide.

-Nearly 25 percent of those living in the hardest-hit areas were below the poverty line, about double the national average. About 4.5 percent in the disaster area received public assistance; nationwide, the number was about 3.5 percent.

-About 60 percent of the 700,000 people in the three dozen neighborhoods were minority. Nationwide, about 1 in 3 Americans is a racial minority.

-One in 200 American households doesn't have adequate plumbing. One in 100 households in the most affected areas didn't have decent plumbing, which, according to the Census, includes running hot and cold water, a shower or bath and an indoor toilet.

-Nationwide, about 7 percent of households with children are headed by a single mother. In the three dozen neighborhoods, 12 percent were single-mother households.

"It's the same people who don't have the wherewithal to get out of Dodge," explained National Guard Lt. Col. Connie McNabb, who was running a medical unit at the besieged convention center in New Orleans.

The disparities were even more glaring in large, urban areas. One of the worst-hit neighborhoods in the heart of New Orleans, for example, had a median household income of less than $7,500. Nearly three of every four residents fell below the poverty line, and barely 1 in 3 people had a car (emphasis mine)

2 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

Add to this the fact that many were trapped in "holding" areas and prevented from leaving by national gaurd troops. They were told to sit and wait and that supplies and transportation would arrive. Needless to say, no such help arrived.

Did you all know that Brown had NO disaster management experience before he was choosen to head FEMA? He is an attorney from OK, and a big Bush contributor. Okay, I accept some political patronage is normal in any administration, but not where lives are at stake. How anyone can support this president I simply don't know. I hate to get all "Republican" and everthing in my rhetoric, but anyone who supports Bush clearly doesn't "love their country." Or at least they don't "love" the poor and black parts of our country.

I heard a black guy on NPR today and he said something really great. He said that because of his cultural perspective he was likely to say that the Katrina tragedy showed the racism of our nation. However, he said that he had come to realized that it was a class issue. Even though most of the victims were black, all of them were poor. This fellow had the foresight to realized that by portraying this as an act of racism, black leaders would be alienating needed allies, namely poor southern whites. I couldn't agree more. This tragedy show how Republicans view the poor, in a strictly social Darwinist mode, "death to the unfit" should be sown to the lapel of every one of those Republican bastards - at least then we would know what their phoney ballony moralism was reducible to.

Sunday, September 04, 2005 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I'm so glad you're not blaming poor Bush! I mean, that would just be political, now, wouldn't it?

Why do you hate America? Why do you hate poor, misunderstood, "who me?" Bush?

I'm so sick of this liberal whining. No car? Fucking walk out of there. Crawl, on your knees, through broken glass, to save your family.

Hey, look at how courageous Bush is. Can't they just follow His example?

Btw, I want to wait until every last fact is in before I make any judgment or place any responsiblity -- let alone blame -- on anyone. Except the people described in your article. Or should I write "people"?

Nice post. I'm so disgusted with this government.

Sunday, September 04, 2005 5:23:00 PM  

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