Monday, September 05, 2005

Color of life

The pictures coming out New Orleans tell a stark story. While days earlier, we saw mostly white people fleeing the threat area in cars and sports utility vehicle, most of those left trapped in New Orleans were blacks who lacked the means to escape or don't have another place to go. They are stuck in a city that is water logged and taken over by gangs. Even Police feared to enter few official shelters fearing for their lives.

The difference between who lived and survived hurricane Katrina can be directly attributed to poverty. Incidentally, most of the poor people who got affected and stuck with no mobility were blacks.

Food and water will eventually arrive to the affected people but homes and jobs may take longer.