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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Race, class and natural disasters

Slate finally gives voice to what I have been thinking about.
To be sure, some reporters sidled up to the race and class issue. I heard them ask the storm's New Orleans victims why they hadn't left town when the evacuation call came. Many said they were broke—"I live from paycheck to paycheck," explained one woman. Others said they didn't own a car with which to escape and that they hadn't understood the importance of evacuation.


Blogger uma said...

but couldn't transportation and housing have been organised for them by the state? shouldn't it have been?


12:22 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

It could've. Instapundit has linked to some pics of buses which could've been used. Bad planning.

The US normally does a relatively good job of disaster management.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Ram said...

Ok,guyz...I come from Kenner and I was a hurricane victim...Louisiana is one of the most poor states in US.I don't know if you have ever been in New Orleans,It just feels like you are in some developing country or a third world country.Race was played during this.The city and parishes did really good...around 1 million people evacuated the place but some of them were left behind due to transportation problems.The buses you saw quizman were used 1 week later to evacuate people from Superdome.New Orleans has majority of people under federal poverty level.New Orleans was saved when compared to another parish(St. Bernard parish).FEMA took control of the whole situation and not allowing the local officials to act.But FEMA has not done anything till now..everyone are real upset about them.If you really want to know about stuff going on there,visit websites like, and received funds and houising very soon when they were hit but not Louisiana????Reason..too many!!!When you consider race or ethinicty..its just not African-Americans, there are Hispanics and Africans.Just to give you an example of the whole situation and how the Federal Government has acted..There is an Apartment complex near my house in Kenner.The whole apartment complex is damaged.There are 500 families living in those apartment complex and all of them are Hispanics.They stayed back in the hurricane and with no food,water and electricity for 18-20 days.Finally the Police Department got to them and gave them food but no shelter!!!!They made FEMA come and help them in housing and food,but one FEMA official came down spent 5 mins with them and left anf since then not to be seen.All the Hotels and shelters in this area are taken up by FEMA officials..So this would just give you an Idea about things happeneing in South-East Louisiana.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

thanks for the detailed comment, Ram. Sheds light on the situation.

5:51 PM  

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