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Friday, September 01, 2006

Another Appeal to Envy

In the Saturday 08/26/06 Detroit News is another Katrina-one-year-later article. This one is titled "Still Devastated" by Detroit News writer Francis X. Donnelly.

I'm not going to fisk this article. I just want to comment on one paragraph that caught my eye which reads:

"One year after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is a fractured city, divided between rich and poor, between neighborhoods with power and those without, between residents who celebrated Mardi Gras in February and ones who continue to live in the dark."

I know that a hurricane like Katrina can cause a city to be divided between those who have power and those who do not, but why the reference to being divided between rich and poor? Are we to believe that there was no such divide before Katrina? Or was this just an appeal to that basest of emotions, envy? I think this was an obvious bit of anti-capitalist slanting.

But the implication that somehow N.O. should all be back together again and the fact that it isn't is some kind of new tragedy, is a little irrational. The sheer magnatude of Katrina guaranteed such widespread destruction that no-one could fix everything within one year.

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