Friday, September 02, 2005

Politicizing Katrina

My more widely-read colleague at Whispers in the Loggia posted here today on the slow response to Hurricane Katrina. Rocco uses his bully pulpit to quote a African American religion professor at NYU. The professor's piece criticizes Bush and implies he is some kind of anti-Christ.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine today.

[Friend]: Um, if there wasn't such a selfish, moronic, dumbass in charge of this country, there wouldn't be so many people desperate for help. :)

Sephiroth9611 [me]: Yeah, just blame it all on whipping boy.

[Friend]: Well, perhaps if the whipping boy would do something instead of milking the never ending gas price gouging with his cronies, there wouldn't be any need to blame anyone.

My friend is a college graduate. She's intelligent and knowledgeable on many topics. But her comments above... If it wasn't so sad, it'd be funny that anyone can be that naive on how the world works. The same has to be said for the African American religion professor.

Tens of thousands of people are roaming, looting, raping, murdering, dying in a flooded wasteland. A New Orleans police officer compared it to Somalia, with armed thugs driving around in the back of pick-ups raping and pillaging. It's not something you solve in a week, no matter what your color or creed.

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