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.


  1. yeah...katrina is still swirling arnd South East LA and south missisipi

  2. I agree with you 100% Visu. I've been reading and watching about how the poor are the most affected.

    Infact a friend told me that most White people lived in high grounds in NO.

    I wonder how long it is going to take to rebuild.! They are talking about bulldozing and building new.!!

  3. Krishna / Narayanan

    Thanks for the post..

    Even the enemies of US grudgingly acknowledge and respect the ability of Americans to get things done. But what transpired after Hurricane Katrina has brought shame to the country. America let its own people down when they needed it the most. There is lot of finger pointing going on and truly there are lot of blame to be shared by a whole lot of people.

    But the Federal Government let Louisiana down and the blame for it should be shouldered by President Bush. Regardless of the rules and demarcation of jurisdiction, a natural calamity of this proportion is unmanageable by any city or state by itself, let alone by the financially strapped state of Louisiana and its fading star New Orleans.

    It is heartening to see that the death toll will not be as high as once feared and the Federal Government finally seems to be getting its act together.