posted on Sep, 3 2005 @ 06:25 PM
You guys are all way off I think. The mayor cleared the hotel to make room for the command post being set up. The cops and local officials needed
the space to coordinate their next move, and since they couldn't throw the hotel dwellers to the back of the line without risking a huge explosion of
resentment and rage, the mayor had those people put on a bus immediately and sent out of town.
There was no favoritism, only pragmatism, as far as I can tell.
There was a severe undercurrent of racism and anger directed at the upper class, and the mayor, not being a racist, decided that for the safety of all
people involved, it was best not to throw a bunch of frightened white tourists and their belongings to the poor, angry, starving, black crowd.
New Orleans is like any other major urban area I imagine, not even taking into consideration the unique history of the place. If you stink of fear
and a different culture, you will get eaten alive, and that's in the best of times. The mayor's decision saved lives, I practically guarantee
I've seen signs calling for the man to run for POTUS, he walks on water in the eyes of a number of people. I think this is ridiculous of course,
but he's also not a heartles scoundrel unconcerned with his own citizens' welfare.