Thursday, September 01, 2005
This isn't about the looters.
There are bad people in this world, as there are good people. The difference is, the bad people get to be on TV, while the good people get to be in magazines.
This isn't about race. This isn't about class.
Anyone could have been stuck in New Orleans (or Gulfport, or Biloxi, or any of the hundreds of small towns that are no longer). Eighty percent is underwater. Here's something to think about: Eighty percent of the people who used to live in New Orleans no longer have....anything. No house, no posessions, nothing.
How would you feel if this happened to you? Your family? Your children?
I don't understand why some people felt the need to steal televisions and jewelry. However, I won't make a moral judgement about them in this case. I do understand, and wholeheartedly agree with the looting of grocery stores. Let's face it, the food is going to spoil, and my children need to eat. I've just lost EVERYTHING, GODDAMMIT!!! So let me feed my family.
I predict that for every person that was rescued from a rooftop, there are 4 people dead inside a home. What we see in terms of devastation in New Orleans is but the tip of the iceburg.
IT WILL NEVER EVER BE THE SAME.
The total cost of impact will be several times that of 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Just wait till the water is gone.
(photo credit: Marc Serota/Reuters)