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Looting vs. Finding
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I hate the media (particularly American media) with a passion. The effects of the hurricane is absolutely tragic. You have to truly experience something like this before you can fully understand what’s going on down there. No water, no electricity, no food.

Yet see what the media does below:

Looting

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Finding
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/photos_ts_afp/050830071810_shxwaoma_photo1

Just needed to rant . I, in no way, condone looting or stealing or whatever. I’m just glad that I’m not there.

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You have a point. Could be something racist going on at Yahoo news. Or maybe just an honest mistake, who knows.

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You have a point. Could be something racist going on at Yahoo news. Or maybe just an honest mistake, who knows.

Two different articles from AP and AFP, not Yahoo News. I’m ranting because there’s been a huge uproar all over the internet about looting and the media isn’t helping any. Thats all.

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I am also irritated that the media portrays this crime and devastation in a way that somehow masks the underlying impoverished conditions in Louisiana and Mississippi to begin with. It’s an area that is so poor but most people don’t know it or think of it that way…I’ve noticed a few of my friends/co-workers remarking with surprise at how many African-Americans are in all the New Orleans hurricane photos. Basically New Orleans is full of white people vacationing, playing music and eating in the French Quarter…while minorities kind of languish in the eyes of visitors and the media in the surrounding urban sprawl.

When I was last in New Orleans and Mississippi less than two years ago, it was definitely very evident that the area was in great need of national attention before a natural disaster hit. The discrepancy between the rich and the poor there was dramatic and really bothered me. It’s like going to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica or Aruba. Fantastic on the resort, so depressing outside of it.

Check out poorest places in the US, which states top the list?
http://www.nationmas…

So many drug-related crimes and drug-trafficking already in existence there…what about now?
http://www.whitehous…

I guess my main point is that there shouldn’t be this "shock" that there is "looting" or "finding", etc.. The government’s (and media’s) eyes should have been down there in the first place. But no, all you typically hear about is the French Quarter and casinos in Gulfport/Biloxi. And then you have the caption prejudices to go along with all the other misconceptions.

So sad….all the most impoverished people were the ones left behind. As Cil said over on Backpackers, it’s like the tale of Noah’s Arc.

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You have a point. Could be something racist going on at Yahoo news. Or maybe just an honest mistake, who knows.

"Could be"? As soon as they talk about looting in the affected regions, who do they consistently show as the main perpetrators?

(waiting)

I rest my case…..

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Maybe some reporting bias going on, but personally I think it’s bc there are far more black people left behind. Most of the people who didn’t have the resources to leave are African-American. So, the pictures of those suffering through the hurricane are predominantly of black people, the city’s poorest sizable racial group.

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You have a point. Could be something racist going on at Yahoo news. Or maybe just an honest mistake, who knows.

"Could be"? As soon as they talk about looting in the affected regions, who do they consistently show as the main perpetrators?

(waiting)

I rest my case…..

In fairness though, the inner city of New Orleans and poor there are almost entirely black. Most the whites got out. So just based on the demographics of who is still there, it’s mostly blacks. So it’s nothing surprising that most the looting is being done by those still occupying the city. So when the cameras show looting, you won’t see many people other than blacks because that’s pretty much all who’s there right now. I wouldn’t call that racist per se, but if you use two different terms for blacks and whites when someone steals something, than THAT is racist.

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Looks like Hope beat me to the punch, smart gal she is.

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Maybe.

But, mark my word:ANYtime looting is recorded, mentioned, rumored, WHATEVER, the newsflash will show african american(s), first. Or, if some chaos goes down in a part of town, who are predominantly shown?

Doubters, still?

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The United States is not a racist country but the people who aren’t originally included in the evacuation of a major American city has little to no room for poor people, many of whom are black?

Doesn’t sound right does it?

It speaks to the mindset that is attached to these poor people. They are on the periphery, hidden, not acknowledged and blamed for their predicament.

Then disaster strikes and they die in droves, embarrassing us all.

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But on the bright side, I am sure it killed some illegal immigrants =/

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But on the bright side, I am sure it killed some illegal immigrants =/

Yes, that should make Russ et al quite happy, I’m sure.