Tuesday, September 13, 2005

It's the store's fault

I have been reading the news from New Orleans for many reasons. Some private and some for blogging subjects. The looting that the city experienced has been a major subject, along with who is to blame for the whole fiasco.

I just read an article that made me laugh out loud. The store is not funny. I laugh at the twisted logic used to fall back on an old habit of criminals or their enablers.

Blame the victims.
Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat. The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers, and prescriptions and fled the City. Outside Walgreen's windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry.

The much-promised federal, state and local aid never materialized and the windows at Walgreen's gave way to the looters. There was an alternative. The cops could have broken one small window and distributed the nuts, fruit juices, and bottle water in an organized and systematic manner. But they did not. Instead they spent hours playing cat and mouse, temporarily chasing away the looters.
It's the stores fault that they were looted. I agree that letting the food go bad and to waste was shameful, but how can a whole neighborhood end up without food in just days? Ill prepared is not a good reason to loot and steal.

It's that woman's fault she was raped because she wore skimpy clothing. It's that black boys fault for walking in an all white neighborhood. It's that kids fault because he should have just given them his wallet.

Blaming the victim is the last resort of the guilty, or the people who support them.

The rest of the story goes into the horrible reaction of almost all of the authorities down there. I can honestly say that the city of New Orleans has just experienced why you should not depend on the state or federal authorities for protection.

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