Sunday, October 09, 2005

Rich, white people versus poor, black people.

Yes, other folks have mentioned it but it's enlightening to appreciate the differences here. First, we have a recollection of the more than ten months spent combing the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

For the workers at the Fresh Kills landfill who sifted through 1.62 million tons of rubble from the World Trade Center for remains of those killed on Sept. 11 and for clues about those responsible for the attack, the official end of their job yesterday seemed a sad graduation of sorts.

Politicians joined them, along with the family members of some of the victims, for a solemn ceremony at the landfill in Staten Island at the completion of an operation that had continued nearly nonstop since Sept. 12...

... That is left to the workers who came to this place, day after day, at their peak sorting through 7,000 tons of debris every 24 hours.

And if you're poor and black? Well, no round-the-clock, methodical sifting for you:

Five weeks after Katrina, New Orleans is calling off the house-to-house search for bodies. Teams have pulled 964 corpses from storm- ravaged areas across southeastern Louisiana. Authorities admit more bodies are probably out there. They'll be handled on a case-by-case basis. The count is far short of the 10,000 dead once predicted by New Orleans mayor. As of today, the death toll from Hurricane Katrina stands at just under 1,200.

Searchers and residents insist there are still plenty of dead to find in New Orleans
. Once again, they say the Ninth Ward is being ignored because it is poor and black.

At this point, you can't even work up the outrage anymore, can you?

1 comment:

Luna said...

I'm convinced it's class, not race, but maybe I'm utterly clueless.