I find it interesting that FEMA's Michael Brown has been relieved of his duties with relation to the hurricane situation. He was rather stupid in his claims that he had no idea there were people in the New Orleans Convention Center until this past Friday - five full days after the disaster. However, the term "scapegoat" comes to mind, as well... Anyone who thinks the late response is due to one person's negligence alone is completely and sorely ignorant of the realities involved here.
Interesting, too, is that the government - both on a local and national level - has such a problem with the media reporting the realities of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I can understand the need for sensitivity to those who might not yet know that they've lost relatives in this mess, but does that excuse reports that a police officer "raised the muzzle of her weapon and aimed it at members of the media . . . Obvious members of the media . . . Armed only with notepads."?
It seems that the all-around tension of the situation is causing everyone to take things entirely too far. So far, in fact, that CNN has filed a lawsuit asking for a restraining order against local government officials, in order that the news organization be allowed to continue to photograph the depth of the devastation, including the sheer number of bodies. I learned this within the last twenty minutes while watching CNN,
but have yet to find a link to the story on their website, or any other. I will post the link as soon as I find it.UPDATE: A related article may be found here.
Why something like this could happen in our United States is a question being asked often. It's simply incomprehensible. Then, too, we find stories about the Red Cross being kept from performing their own immediate relief efforts
One can only assume our government's humiliation at their own delayed reactions to the disaster itself, and is embarrassed at their lacking response.
Whether the question is one of race or not, being "treated like animals" is something the poor are unfortunately used to from any level of government - and more often than not, from society as a whole.