Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Trail of Tears

Mayor-in-waiting Nagin today told the people sheltering at the New Orleans Convention Center they could walk across the Crescent City Connection "for whatever relief they can find."

The AP characterization of the situation as "bedlam" was flatly contradicted by a long piece by MSNBC videographer Tony Zumbadoon on the Countdown show, who said the people were angry because they were being ignored. No supplies have been delivered to the site. When the police arrived to "restore order" (what, were they going to turn on the A/C?) , with no supplies of food or water, they were beaten back by the angry crowd.

Here in American, we don't have enough vehicles to move these people out to safety? They must walk out? As one woman shouted into the MSNBC camera, we can drop food and water to people in Baghdad, but we can't in New Orleans?

Are we ashamed yet?

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