September 09, 2005
New Orleans: Not as Seen on TV

I just read "Get Off The F*cking Freeway", an eye-opening article written by two eyewitnesses who describe how they survived the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A must read.

Posted at September 09, 2005 02:06 PM | Further reading
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I'm dubious.. it sounds like he read all the inflamatory statements from those who are trying to turn the situation into a race issue and put them all into one article. It doesn't read like an eyewitness account... but more like a propaganda campaign.
He also left out the facts about how the hurricane was diverted so that it would hit the poorest part of the city and that the city blew up the levee to flood the poorest part of the city to spare the rich area.

Posted by: m on September 9, 2005 03:42 PM

Dear m,

Did you actually read the article?

If you did read it past the first few paragraphs, you'd notice it is, indeed, an eyewitness account, as they cover the whole story of how they got out of the city. Themselves. Not "people they know" or "a guy told them so".

You'd also notice that it's far from race related. The group they were with was mostly composed of people from outside of the town - tourists. They were conference attendees themselves.

They were speaking about not getting aid on one specific part of town, as the buses ignored them and they were left aid-less for days, and moved out of the road by the police.

More than that, you'd notice they were speaking about the sharp truth of what happened; it's only reflecting the facts, and if it's inflamatory, it's because the facts made it so.

Posted by: n on September 9, 2005 04:02 PM

error: "...far from JUST race related..."

Posted by: n on September 9, 2005 04:05 PM

Looks like this story incinerates a lot of discussion wherever it appears:
http://tinyurl.com/cackg
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/006754.htm

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on September 9, 2005 04:27 PM

Here is an article that tells the story from the perspective of two other persons that were also among the hotel guests: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/93EB4BF112FE926C862570710012D2D2?OpenDocument

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on September 9, 2005 04:44 PM

yes, I read the entire article. More than once. Remember that perception is often not reality.

n.. just because it's on the web and it claims to be a true firsthand account doesn't mean that it is.

it just pisses me off that people are trying so hard to turn this into a race issue..
http://www.snopes.com/photos/katrina/looters.asp

The mayor (who isn't white btw) had 2 full days to use buses to help get the poor out of the city. Did he?
http://lonestartimes.com/index.php?p=1466

nope... now the school system will need 300+ new buses and thousands of people who could have been moved out of the city were stuck there. So the helicopters/police/fire/boats had to be used to pluck people from their rooftops.

The problem isn't racial. It's POOR PLANNING.

Posted by: m on September 9, 2005 06:23 PM

I HAVE JUST WRITTEN 20 REASONS WHY THIS WAS A RACIAL ISSUE. BUT THATS NOT IMPORTANT, ITS MORE POLITICAL. THOSE PEOPLE WHO LEFT NEW ORLEANS AND WILL NOT RETURN PLEASE VOTE ABSENTEE..FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE....WITHOUT YOU THERE WILL NEVER BE A BLACK STRONG POLITICIAN IN NEW ORLEANS.

FOR THOSE WHO SAY IT WAS RACIAL OR POLITICIAL, I LISTENED TO 870 AM RADIO DURING THE HURRICANE. THE DAY AFTER A YOUNG LADY CALLED IN AND ASKED THE POLICE CHEIF WHO WAS THE GUEST WERE THERE PEOPLE BEING RAPED IN THE SUPERDOME AND CONVENTION CENTER...HE SAID THAT IT WASN'T TRUE. AS YOU KNOW HE LIED.

THOSE WHO WEREN'T THERE DON'T HAVE A DAMN THING TO SAY....REALITY ARE THE DEAD BODIES FOUND IN THE CONVENTION CENTER. REALITY IS ELIMINATION THE BLACK VOTES OUT OF NEW ORLEANS.

AND WHEN THE OFFICALS HAD A CHANCE TO BECOME OUR HEROS AND HELP THEY LEFT THE HANDICAPPED, AND SICK TO DIE.

Posted by: mia on October 30, 2005 07:45 AM
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