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  •  Fear of a black planet (none)
    The thing that ermeges in these accounts, and in the character of the official response, is the fearful and racist attitude that seems to go right up the official chain of command. From the start, the white officials seemed to view the whole thing as a law-and-order problem more than a rescue operation.  There seems to be much more concern about keeping everyone "in line" than concern about actually helping people.
    •  Yes - apparently the reason FEMA refused help (none)
      was that they needed to "secure" or "control" NO first.   It's horrible that the elites in power put this forth as policy, but I find it equally disturbing that the folks on the ground would actually obey these orders/policies.  

      America began begins with freedom from King George's empire.

      by bribri on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 12:27:14 PM PDT

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      •  that's right (none)
        this is a government that wants to control, not help.  And the way they dupe people into going along with it is by convincing them that great masses of poor (brown-skinned) people are getting free handouts everywhere, all the time.
      •  and since when (none)
        do military or national guard planes retreat because they are being SHOT AT???

        That's what happens!

        And I talk to people and they're like, "well they were being shot at, what do you expect?"

        OhMiGosh.

        I don't want to see anybody do any more goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. - Mayor Ray Nagin

        by missreporter on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 01:45:17 PM PDT

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