Originally Posted by Direckshun
The completely inept and underwhelming response suggests New Orleans' poorer and minority populations were not of primary importance to any level of Louisiana's government.
I'm not saying it's racial, necessarily. But compare how the federal government effectively reacted to comparable disasters prior to Katrina, and it has given the black community the impression that they get lesser treatment.
Whether it's the case, I don't know. But one can understand the African American community feeling that it is. It's a legitimate concern, in my opinion.
To even say that is to neglect the quick nature and the logistics of the situation. We thought the hurricane was going to climb up Florida. It didn't. 48 hours later is was approcahing NOLA and 24 hours after that it made land fall. Second FEMA had already deleted itself responding to 4 other major land fall hurricanes that year as you pointed out. Further, the state of LA is what was inept. they didn't evac properly. They don't have the proper infrastructure. Now the President dispatched the Navy as soon as it was determined that it past Florida. Further still, did you know they had to release their enitre prison population? These guys armed themselves and begin shooting at rescuers and other FEMA. Which alos halted relief efforts. All while the local population was looting including the police. So it's hard for me to feel like the Feds didn't do their job as best they could given the situation. The fact that poeple like Obama, and he was far from the only one, used this as a political football is disgusting to me.