Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Race Angle
I never bought into the view that the federal response to Hurricane Katrina was evidence of President Bush's malevolence toward black people. To me, the more likely explanation had its roots in a general disdain for the value of government to aid people in getting through life's inevitable and often unavoidable challenges; and sheer incompetence. I mean, the man is a boob, no? Anyhow, Harry Shearer notes HK's impact was not felt by people of color alone, and in hard-hit largely white middle-class areas help has been slow to arrive.


dan said...

The race question is a hard one. But there is a society-wide neglect that borders on disdain that had to play a part in what's going on. So I guess the place I disagree with putting the Bush/race analysis is that that the onus of the horrible planning and response is on all of us.

Pete said...

Absolutely. And I would say the neglect isn't only for black people or poor people alone, although I do believe they are especially neglected. What we're seeing is a neglect of the whole health of the country -- we're crumbling in so many ways and nobody is stepping forward to say that big investments that need to be made. And this suprises me because it COULD be such an inspirational message.