Wednesday, August 31, 2005

wicked_wish: Disjointed thoughts on the socio-economics of disaster

Cherie Priest rebuts “tsk-tsk” reporting and states the obvious: many stayed in New Orleans because they could not afford to leave. “The evacuation was little more than a vague order to get the hell out—under your own power and at your own expense. If you have, at your immediate disposal, reliable transportation, money for gas, and either distant family or money for shelter, then this isn’t a big deal. Of course you leave. You pack up everything you can and you head for higher ground. But it is somewhat less easy to do if you are lacking any one of these things.”