A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Friday, September 23, 2005

Rita is Racist

AP: Poor New Orleans Neighborhood Floods Again---

NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Rita's steady rains sent water pouring through breaches in a patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city's lowest-lying neighborhoods in a devastating repeat of New Orleans' flooding nightmare.
Dozens of blocks in the Ninth Ward were under water as a waterfall at least 30 feet wide poured over and through a dike that had been used to patch breaks in the Industrial Canal levee. On the street that runs parallel to the canal, the water ran waist-deep and was rising fast. Guidry said water was rising about three inches a minute.

The impoverished neighborhood was one of the areas of the city hit hardest by Katrina's floodwaters and finally had been pumped dry before Hurricane Rita struck.
Of course, we all know President Bush directed Hurricane Rita to cause flooding in the poorest neighborhoods of New Orleans, and only the poorest neighborhoods. He's that powerful.

The reality of the situation is that New Orleans is an awful mess. Can't the media use headlines that simply describe the area, like "Low-lying neighborhoods again flooded"? I'm sure that poor people aren't the only ones affected.

This is just another example of the media behaving as though everything that happens, happens because of socio-economic status or race. Hurricanes don't aim for certain people or places on purpose. Nature just happens that way.