See no evil

Stephen McArthur offers this excellent piece of commentary over on his blog, Orwell's Grave:


The shoot-to-kill orders for looters in New Orleans, presumably most of whom are African-American, is indefensible. Police and soldiers need to defend themselves, but an open-ended order to shoot-to-kill is not acceptable. How many women with babies are stealing food and water from stores? Should they be shot first and asked questions later?
Hearing the head of FEMA, Mike Brown, say that he is not making a judgement about those people who decided to stay in New Orleans through the hurricane, reflects such a racist, elitist, and ignorant lack of understanding of American society that it is mind-boggling. What were they supposed to do? Walk hundreds of miles to safety? Most of them had no cars, no public transportation out. There were the unemployed, the elderly, the handicapped, the ill. What is the matter with someone who can think this way? Here is what he said: "Unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings," Brown told CNN. "I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said.
There's more here.

He also excerpts Howard Dean's statement which includes this great quote: "Actions speak louder than words. The Republican Party's hollow rhetoric about reaching out to minority voters can't hide the fact that President Bush's failed leadership has driven more people onto the rolls of the uninsured, pushed more families into poverty, and driven down real workers' wages."
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