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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Desperation Grows In Wilma's Wake


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It is reported that Mexican hurricane victims in Cancun have begun eating kitchen appliances to survive.

Posted by Kate McMillan on October 23, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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On their main evening news Sunday, a CTV reporter in Cancun said the Mexican people were handling Wilma much better than the people of New Orleans did Rita. Not noting that no area of the Yucatan is being flooded to several feet for many days.

Just your basic, knee-jerk Canadian media anti-Americanism? Or was the reporter perhaps a closet anti-Black racist? Somehow I don't think his intent was adverse comment on the black looters of New Orleans--who perhaps also had a taste for consumer durables.

And check out this post at Captain's Quarters, "Another Katrina Myth Explodes":
http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/005652.php

The Captain quotes the Washington Post:

'The city's two worst-hit neighborhoods, the data show, were the Lower Ninth Ward, the predominantly black, working-class community east of the French Quarter, and Gentilly, a fast-gentrifying area where homeownership rates among middle-class blacks had been rising before the storm. Each neighborhood accounted for 31 to 75 deaths, according to the mapping data, which assigned a range of deaths for each region of the city, rather than an exact figure.

More surprising were the high death figures in upscale neighborhoods once considered less vulnerable to flooding deaths because residents had the means to escape, particularly along Lake Pontchartrain in Lakeview, a predominantly white neighborhood where 21 to 30 bodies were recovered on streets where homes routinely sell for $1 million. Nearly all of Lakeview is uninhabitable, and several thousand residents, most relocated to neighboring cities or states, gathered Saturday in a church parking lot to seek answers about a recovery process expected to take years.'

Mark
Ottawa

Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-10-24 9:39:03 AM



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