After Katrina hit and those that were left behind realized the magnitude of what had happened many tried to leave New Orleans on foot. When they reached the bridges that were still intact and safe and led to safety out of the devastated city they were met by a line of armed police officers that turned them back by shooting over their heads. The bridges led to predominantly white, upper class suburbs that had been spared the damage of the poor areas because they were situated on higher ground. The police admitted to using force to keep people out because they didn't want their area to turn into "another New Orleans".

Many people criticized the people that were left in New Orleans for not leaving even after it was obvious that they were in danger staying there. How were they supposed to leave when their exits were blocked? Those that had gone to designated shelters were locked down and weren't allowed to leave the area either. How were any of these people supposed to leave? Get in their private helicopters and fly out?

Of course, we should all give a big horray to Al Gore and everyone else who went above and beyond to help those in need. Indigo Red posted a story about how Al Gore "evacuated 270 Hurricane Katrina survivors. Chartering two airplanes, Gore moved 140 people, many sick, to Knoxville, TN on Sept 3rd and another 130 people to Chattanooga, TN on Sept 4th."


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Blogger Dr. Who said...

I always liked that fella. Gore, I mean. He seemed a next-door person and very humane. That's why he whould never become a president also :-/

About the rest of the post I have nothing really to say... once more categorization of citizens to 1st and 2nd class human beings. Somehow I feel that such stories are going to appear from everywhere for some time in the future. There will be many opportunities...

September 12, 2005 9:47 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Dr. Who, I still maintain that he did get elected President in 2000. Too bad he wasn't allowed to take the post he had been given by the American people.

September 12, 2005 10:10 PM

Blogger Dr. Who said...

No disagreements here.

Unfortunately our nice next-door person was too nice to stand up to the "bad guys". Or his connections. Or both.

September 13, 2005 4:36 PM