It ain't pretty being easy... (soopageek) wrote,
It ain't pretty being easy...


Location: Arthur, IL

As much as anyone, I am appalled and heartbroken at the tragedy which has occured on the Gulf Coast.  At the same time, the residents of the region were ordered to evacuate the area, with as much as two days notice.  Many people chose to ignore the very grave, advance warnings which preceeded Katrina's landfall.  It's estimated that over 1 million people did evacuate.  Yes it's bad, but this could be a helluva lot worse.  Some people will call me on the issue of those who couldn't evacuate.  There will always be poor people and this will always been an issue in catastrophes, whether it's here or in a southeast Asian tsunami.  Be thankful for what you have, give your loved ones a hug, and do what you can to help those unfortunate enough to have been caught in it.  This, too, shall pass and life goes on.

Some people are using this as a platform to point out racial inequity.  You're right, but it was there prior to Katrina and will be afterward.  Sudden indignation at a time like this isn't helpful.  Do your part every day under less extreme circumstances.  I will also counter that you have to take into consideration where this occured.  A great deal of the deep south has a "minority majority".  The 2000 census reports that nearly 72% of New Orleans is non-white.  Of course, you're going to see a disproportionate number of "minority" survivors on your TV screens, 7 out of 10 should be.  Had this occured in Fargo, the survivor demographic would be entirely different.

As for the kooks who always crawl out of the woodwork at times like these and suggest that The End is Near or this is some sort of Divine Retribution, I won't even dignify that with a response.
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