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Another Katrina Perspective


#1

This is information I recieved that was written by the sister of my friend's pastor


We have had a battery operated TV so we've been getting local
channels focusing on the situation there and here. I'm just getting the
"national perspective" and its making me mad!!!

 First, this is not a racial thing. I'm sorry if all the reporters

are seeing are black faces but if they would take their cameras to
places like Slidell, Mandeville, Metairie and Chalmette. they would see
a several thousand white faces being affected by this. Most of the tip
of the boot that is Louisiana south and east of Baton Rouge is under
water.

 Those people are stuck too waiting for help, dying, but all the

news people can focus on is the Superdome. Another misconception. The
violence going on there is not the reaction of desperate people. Its
typical New Orleans on any given Tuesday!!! Its a dangerous, dirty, drug
infested place where the city police and city government is corrupt and
useless. Volunteers are getting shot at and their cars vandalized.
Helicopters are being shot at. Just another day in the city.

 Another misconception. These poor people couldn't get out because

they don't have cars. If the cameras show the city once the waters
recede, you'll notice all the flooded out cars littering the streets.
They couldn't all have been broken down before the storm hit . Yes,
there are always people who do not have transportation. Part of making
the call for a MANDATORY evacuation is that the city has to provide for
transportation and/or shelter in the city. People stayed for the same
reasons they always stay. They think the storm will turn and go in
another direction. They think they can "ride it out." Or, they're just
too lazy to pack up and leave.

 Another misconception. The federal government was slow to

respond. The president issued a state of emergency BEFORE the storm ever
hit. This is unprecedented. This means that the full access of the
federal government, be it military or civil, were at our governor's
disposal. The levee broke early Monday afternoon. She did not call
evacuation until Tuesday morning. You cannot call up National Guard
units in 20 minutes. It takes time. The governor and mayor are in high
CYA mode at the moment. The situation is bad here. Crime is becoming a
problem in Gonzales and Baton Rouge where the evacuees are being housed.
We live between the two cities and there is pistol on my desk shelf as I
type (yes, I know how to use it). Helicopters flying overhead all day,
gas is running out, stores shelves becoming empty. Its like a war zone.
Our kids are both here and are staying here until the crime situation
gets in control and I fear it will get worse before it gets better. Pray
for us." I'll write more later


#2

G-Man:

Thanks for the different perspective. It's always dangerous to jump to conclusions when the only "truth" we get to see is what the media and the politicians want to show us and they all have their own agendas. It's not a big story to show the other areas because they aren't as sensational as the situation in NO. It is still a tragedy, but with time the whole story will come out, both good and bad.

DB


#3

Why didn't said person evacuate?