posted on Sep, 7 2005 @ 02:29 AM
The thing is, we aren't arguing the possibility that rape could exist. When you have such a cocktail shaker of urban humanity stuck together in one
large place like the Superdome: junkies, homeless, common thieves, gang bangers, ex-cons, paedophiles, abusers, the violent, the greedy, the ordinary
everyday people, tourists, foreigners, illegal immigrants, children, families and the elderly – you add the elements of fear, panic, hunger and
thirst (not to mention claustrophobia) add the elements of disaster, shock and loss, and you have a recipe for chaos on levels we cannot even begin to
To address the person who complained about the news source – all the US media is focusing on is the looting. Try to separate the people who were
trapped there in the city for a moment. A common thief before the flood will probably revert to what he knows best; for comfort, for need, out of
habit. Same for the druggie and the abusers. If you have a paedophile in an area where there are non-stop children, running, playing, sleeping, again
you can imagine the consequences, because this is an urge that cannot be controlled despite the circumstances.
What I am against is people being too ready to dismiss the great population of survivors in NOLA as looters, thugs, murderers and rapists, without a
basis in fact. If you get bread you are a looter, if you grab clothing and shoes and you are black you are a thug AND a looter and deserve to be shot
in the head (according to many on here looting should equal death).
We say that on these ATS thread that you cannot just rely on hearsay, you have to back it up. Even the wildest consipracy theories should have at
least a well thought-out argument, but all I hear is readiness to believe the worst in fellow Americans.
Yet what is fact? 200 or more police quit rather than continue with what must have been a nightmare, not just in terms of logistics – chaos and
death – but in seeing what we weren’t allowed to see; people who were begging for help and aid and no one coming to their rescue. Some policemen
even killed themselves – you can’t tell me they did that because of looting and a few rapes. Come on… where is the logic? They are POLICE MEN.
New Orleans isn’t exactly Connecticut. I’m sure they’ve seen crime before. I'm sure they've seen it everyday of their working careers. What
they probably had never seen is how a city cried for help and was ignored. They also saw how fast the media twisted the truth and fed it back to the
eager masses who are so ready to gulp up mulch and sewage.
Meanwhile the reality is playing out in the background - even the media couldn't stem the flow of outrage in the politicians who were sobbing,
screaming, raging, swearing at the ineptitude of the government and FEMA.
I am not saying there was no crime - read everything I said about the criminal element in NOLA before the flood - Yes, there was looting, chaose,
thievery and some panicked angry people who probably should not have been armed.
But let's be clear about calling a spade a spade.
Pedos and other abusers have raped and abused before the flood. Their crimes are predatory ones by nature, making this a perfect opportunity in which
to do it again – they probably found Katrina to be convenient, but it is a sickness and thus not connected to the ‘animal’ behaviour people are
going on about and linking to the actions of the ordinary people.
This would happen in any big city who has its share of these social crimes: New York, London, Toyko, Chicago, Paris... if you put that many
personality types and shake them together there will be repercusions. Why do we then twist this around to be the ANIMALS in New Orleans? Would you
like to be called an animals because you panicked and were hungry?
The joint accusations and practice of linking these words together: murdering, looting and raping HAS to be separated.
I found it very hard to believe that ordinary thirsty youths who were incensed, tired and hungry (not to mention shocked that no one came to their
aid) decided to pass the time waiting to be rescued while raping someone.
Physically it would be difficult; emotionally it would be even more so. Now if they said they took some of those FEMA officials into the bathrooms I
would have more reason to believe – just the sheer anger and unrivalled frustration would make it a vivid possibility in my mind.
My final point is that we need to think about the people as much as we can as individuals – not lump them together. This can only hurt in the end
and we sound biased and uninformed when we do.
I am certain most of us don’t want to believe the rape stories we were told. So why can’t we then at least investigate the proof? We seem to cling
to these half-truths like rafts in a turbulent ocean, because the media tells us this is why the disaster and chaos is NOLA is happening, because the
poor and the blacks and minorities are animals. NOT because our government screwed up. NOT because our government doesn't care about the poor. NOT
because someone has an agenda and it is NOT helping the citizens of New Orleans.
But there we are, gulping it up like they want us to. This is a conspiracy channel, we are supposed to fight against the dissmination of lies and
If this turns out to be false and they find proof of many rapes and murders then I will be wrong and you can gloat and be right. I am willing to take
The BBC and Independent and Guardian and papers from Australia, Canada, Germany, France and China are much, much tougher and ready to say things that
the US media would never in a million years print.
If they are questioning the rapes and murders there is a reason, because in the UK those would be the first to accuse Americans of being savage
animals, they too have to sell the papers right? Things like that sell. Reflective, quiet, contemplation of the 'maybe we are wrong' variety -
Think for yourselves. Do the research, think again and question why you are being told these things.