So I have been watching everyone encourage people to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. I honestly was very proud at the speed that most of the bloggers did this. That was last week though, and now my sympathy for the victims is being replaced by something else, anger. When I hear on the news that people are refusing to evacuate, I realize that most of the people that are currently stranded in New Orleans are there because of their own stupidity. When I hear that people are shooting at the helicopters that are trying to rescue the stranded, I realize that some people should not be rescued. When I see people looting stores and taking electronics and not food, it makes me feel that my sympathy was misplaced to begin with.
I went through a couple of things over the weekend, sort of talk them through to myself. I came up with a few interesting points. I think there are only a few groups of people that were left in New Orleans when the hurricane hit. The evacuation order was given on Sunday, and that was plenty of time to, at least, walk to higher ground to keep from getting flooded in. So who was left in New Orleans to rescue? Here they are in bullet form:
• Emergency crews. These people are the only ones that have an excuse to be there stranded in New Orleans and require a rescue. They stayed because their job is to stay. God bless ‘em. (I’ll throw patients into this one, cause they didn’t have a choice)
• The stupid/poor people. I was at first going to make these in to two separate groups, but decided that stupid and poor usually go hand in hand. These people made a conscience decision to stay, despite the evacuation order by the mayor and governor. They either stayed because they thought that they could outlast the storm (stupid) or decided that they did not have the money to go anywhere else. Not having money is not an excuse to not move to higher ground. There are people still refusing to evacuate and that is just plain stupid. Also, anyone could have walked to higher ground and camped out in a hotel lobby and not have to spend a penny to do it. (That’s what I would have done.)
• The last group is the people who decided to stay and take advantage of everyone else leaving. This group is made up of the criminals and cons. They decided that if everyone else is leaving, they would stay and try to rob everyone else blind. I’m betting that if they run everyone’s I.D.s at the Super Dome they would find that %30 have warrants out for their arrest. (this number is pretty conservative)
I’m sick of hearing the blame game being presented on t.v. and radio. People’s decision making skills are the reason that there are still people stranded in New Orleans. I don’t want to see anymore looting in a city that has been devastated. I don’t want to hear about women being raped at the Super Dome. I don’t want to see footage of rescuers risking their lives to save people, just to be told to leave supplies and go away by the people that they are trying to save. I don’t want to hear people, in the news, try to blame the president for the aftermath of a natural disaster. This whole thing is making me sick and I’m about ready to say screw them all. The only people that I have sympathy for now is the people that left the city before the hurricane and have nothing to go back to, not the people that stayed and became more of a burden on society than they were before. Those are the ones that deserve my sympathy and donations.
A covered dish at Basil's Blog
Bill Whittle explained it alot better.