Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Lessons From Hurricane Katrina

As the media frenzy hits full swing about the hurricane, I find it is a good time to analyze how we, as a society, deal with catastrophe.

Apparently, one thing we do is show racial bias in our media coverage.

As So Many Shrimp points out, according to the news coverage, White people "find" things, while Black people "loot."

Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Graythen)

"A woman walks through chest-deep water as she heads to loot a grocery store in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, as floodwaters continue to rise after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Monday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)"

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