As regular readers of this blog may attest, I discuss politics on rare occasions. That said...
Over the weekend my wife and I watched the gripping true story of Hotel Rwanda
. [turn sound down when accessing that Web site]
Quick back story: April 1994 a national genocide took place based on colonial Belgians's bias of which Rwandans looked more refined, elegant, upper class and which were designated peasants, lower class. [more info about Rwanda here.]
To the plot: Paul (main character and Hutu) is apolitical and married to a Tutsi wife. In the midst of national crisis (1 million Rwandans slaughtered... more specifically Tutsi Rwandans), Paul rises to the occassion and harbors 1200 Tutsi refugees. In his eyes, no one deserves to be butchered because "Tutsi" is stamped across an ID card. He respects and honors all (even a traitor in his midst who wants him dead).
I know I'm not doing the movie nor Rwandan history justice, but here's my point: in time of crisis, we are to honor and respect our fellow brother and sister.
That being said... the Gulf region devestated by Hurricane Katrina needs help. The destruction is overwhelming, but to add insult to injury looters are taking advantage of the disaster. Looting reports from The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans police officer shot in the head by a looter Tuesday was expected to survive, officials said... The officer was shot by a looter after he and another officer confronted a number of looters at a Chevron store at Shirley and Gen. DeGaulle.
and further reports by Ed Anderson and Jan Moller...
Widespread looting contributed to a deteriorating situation in Louisiana's largest city Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Tuesday, according to witnesses and second-hand accounts from evacuees... He [City Council President Oliver Thomas] said looting has also escalated and an atmosphere of lawlessness has developed as police resources have been almost entirely devoted to search-and-rescue operations for people trapped by floodwaters on roofs and in attics. Widespread looting is taking place in all parts of the city... People are going in and out of businesses at Louisiana and Claiborne (avenues), taking clothes, tennis shoes and goods,... It is inconceivable to me how people can do this... People are leaving the Superdome to go to Canal Street to loot... I'm telling you, it's like Sodom and Gomorrah.”
A voice from the Democratic Underground supports New Orleans looters
The fact the national guard is keeping people from FOOD shows we are NOT living in a democracy,the Rich people's THINGS must be protected from starving people!! Remember the french revolution, the rich make sure the lower class suffers and is desperate, the middle class is scared of poor people,the soldiers are bribed obedient and loyal,. That is how they say rich and on our backs.
F___ all the corporate pigs. F___ing a__holes!
Disaster shows us the true use of our military is to PROTECT PROPERTY of corporations above human life, to keep the rich secure people DIE.
Assuming contributors to the Democratic Underground are Democrats, I'm embarassed that a fellow party member (or anyone for that matter) would be so myopic. This voice (undergroundpanther) from the Underground does not speak for the majority of Democrats (nor Americans) and I was glad to see another voice of reason rise to the challenge. Here's the exchange:
BikeWriter: They're stealing because they can. Don't try to glorify it.
lebkuchen: I'm sure it has nothing to do with need. [edited for brevity. read the rest here]
undergroundpanther: And A few hot plasma TV's
Sold at a pawn shop ,could make for a couple months of prepaid existance..like food and rent an security deposit while you move out and look for work in a new place swarming with other refugees also looking for work while out of town.And in this s____y republican economy getting work is not so easy now..
Didya ever consider THAT might be a reason for stealing plasma TV's?
mondo joe: Stealing for food to eat is one thing, but for a security deposit is quite another.
If that's okay now why wouldn't it be okay to steal for a security deposit or rent ANY time?
undergroundpanther: Not anytime
But after a disaster like Katrina I think the rich mans rules can stand to be relaxed a bit.[read the rest ot the unintelligent post here
mondo joe: Laws against theft are not "the rich man's rules".
And the circumstances for many people after Katrina will not be that different than for many poor people any other day of the year. Many will spend years in crisis.
Does that give them a pass to steal?
undergroundpanther: If they cannot get
The rich to [share], and cannot get hired..what do you expect them to do?
Lay down and die and not complain?
mondo joe: Why do you think it's the very poor vs the very rich?
Do you think low income people like to have their property stolen?
How about lower middle class people, do they enjoy it?
Mondo Joe seems to be the voice of reason--a Paul. People are in need and it has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with honor and respect for your fellow man.
Looting disrepects our neighbors who work long hours and invest personal money to provide services in the community. Looting shames the noble people of New Orleans and exhibits a short sighted understanding of need. The poor in this country are considered wealthy anywhere else on the globe. The issue is not upper class versus lower class--the issue is contentment. Contentment makes room for compassion (regardless of of socio-economic status) which manifests itself as honor and respect. Grace and peace, ya'll.
Okay, that's it. No more politics for me. Watch Hotel Rwanda
for a bigger perspective of the world we inhabit and then vist this blog and find out how you can help
the victims of Hurricane Katrina.