As you said yourself, they're from different wires. One is from the Associated Press (AP) while the other is from Agence Française de Presse (AFP.) To use the picture they were given they have to use tha caption they were given, it's as simple as that. So no, Yahoo is not showing any racial bias.
EDIT: If anything, AP is showing sympathy by saying that these people are taking food to survive. Opposite of that is AFP, which is showing it for
what it really is: looting.
[edit on 8/31/2005 by cmdrkeenkid]