Originally Posted by catherine
I don't think that you are hearing what is REALLY going on. The police ARE NOT shooting. The police have not shot anyone!!! The looters have taken over.
As far as a looter getting into a hospital and just letting them take what they want.......tell that to the mother of the child who needs the medicine that the looter wants to get high with.
And yes, I have lived through this minus the flooding. It is chaos and terrifying but when I saw the National Guard roll in, I knew we were ok as long as we (the citizens) continued to be civilized.
Like I've said about a billion times: looting isn't right. We will need to punish these people for their actions when the dust has settled.
But the whole city has been destroyed. It's never going to be the same again. No one will be there for months. Everything, homes, drugs, hospial equipments, jewelry, electronics, food, clothes, even beer and liquor (I have heard of liquor stores being looted) will need to be completely replaced in the coming months as the city recovers. The stuff being looted now won't be of use to anyone being evacuated anyway. Just let it go. Get people out, pump the flood waters out and rebuild. The looters are shooting because they feel threatened by the porspect of martial law and the fact that anyone can freely shoot them. Get the innocents out, deal with the looters later. YES, they need to be dealt with. YES, what they're doing is terrible. However, there is not even a remote possibility of organized society being possible in New Orleans right now. Everything is in total disarray. Just get people out. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.
Also, has anyone noticed the number of white people who took things from stores that were regaled as sort of like McGuyver-style hero-survivor-action stars, while all of the pictures of looters portray young black males? What IS IT with our obsession to criminalize this demographic? That is partly what makes me want to sympathize with them. If I had lost everything, had no food or clean water, no home, no money AND my entire country was profiling me...yeah, I'd go a little nuts, too.
It's not an excuse by any stretch of the imagination, but it's an explanation.