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chookie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 11:34 PM
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11. Scary how we are one step away from being a "Third World Country"
Edited on Wed Aug-31-05 11:36 PM by chookie
Persons have commented again and again that the scenes in NOLA are more sights one expects in Third World Countries when disaster strikes, and not the wealthiest nation on the planet. But -- in our nation, the "Third World" exists alongside the affluent, just as vulnerable, just as raw, just as desperate, as in developing nations. Since Reagan, the poor have been either blamed or ignored. They certainly are going to be overrepresented in the dead as this disaster unfolds. Once again, our national callousness and bigotry are being exposed to the world in these horrid events.

I am praying that this tragedy re-humanizes the poor and brings them to the intention of policy makers and planners and the general public again.

But -- and it pains me to say this, -- more likely, the thousands who die in this event will be considered expendible, because they are poor and vulnerable. Our poor are too docile to expect any different.

There were some women who shouted things to the CNN camera today, walking along I 10 -- "We're TRYING to be law abiding citizens, but we have no homes, no food, and no one is helping us. What are we supposed to do?" Indeed.

It also pains me to say this, but it will take a grassroots uprising to change this. The poor have no champions these days, for their basic human rights, so what will it take -- violence, as back in the 60s?

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