Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco
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.
If you're arguing that the government's response to Katrina wasn't inadequate, you're welcome to that opinion but you're going to be in the extreme minority there. Obama was right in that video, debris from the hurricane was still lining street corners for years.
At the very least, surely you can admit it's reasonable
it was grossly inadequate. And if that's the case, as it clearly is for the overwhelming majority of people, it's similarly understandable that the African American community (among many other communities) would widely believe it's because the people of inner city New Orleans didn't warrant a higher priority from the government.