reply to post by KMFNWO
I wasn't going to mention it, but since you brought it up! I do have first hand knowledge of what happened there, and how people acted, and yes how
a lot of people suffered. How do I know...well 8 days after it hit I was sent from my department to aid in the rescue of these people. I was there
for 3 months, SO YES I DO KNOW TO WHAT I AM SPEAKING!!! There were 7 departments from my area who sent help to the region. We all helped drag out
WAY to many bodies, but more importantly we all helped fight WAY
to much BS crime. Sorry but when crime continues after such a tragedy, that
says a lot about the people.
I spent my time in CBD, By Water, and the Lower Ninth Ward. I seen all I needed to see about selfishness and greed in those areas. You don't hear
anyone on video talking about the things that happened like the beatings, robbings, shootings, etc...and not by the Police/Military...this was by the
people of NO on their own neighbors. And for what? Instead of sharing the food they came to get they would hoard it, which lead to fighting and
robbing for a share of it. Then when we or someone provided the supplies (water, food, etc) it was the same thing, NO SHARING, it turned into
fighting over it.
Also, another thing you WILL NOT hear about are the hundreds/thousands of ABLE BODIED men and women who COULD HAVE helped us with the rescue effort,
or security effort but did what? They stole TV's, Jewelry, DVD's, and anything else they could steal and take with them. No helping their own city
in a time of crisis...nooooo...leave that up to everyone else. I watched healthy young men run by struggling women while holding a tv....did they
stop and see if THEY could help or do something? Nope...he wanted that TV...wasn't intersted in helping anyone but himself.
I watched able body men and women standing in line for water and food...and who were asked to help gather up the handicapped or weak citizens and
bring them to the front to be taken care of first...and many REFUSED!!! Again, these were supposedly MEN who weren't starving, weren't hurt or
injured, and had PLENTY of energy to help his fellow man/neighbor...and REFUSED. Why isn't that on video, or being talked about anywhere?
I had people we gave MRE's too DEMAND 5 or 6 of them at a time. Yes DEMAND! They said one wasn't going to fill them up....NO concern that everyone
get fed atleast one first, THEN worry about if more are to be provided...NOOOOOO want want want....
Was it all this way, no...there were many great people of that city who stepped up to the challange and did the right thing. They helped ANYWAY they
could. And thank god for them. I, to this day, still stay in contact with 4 people who I got to know do there during my time. And they are
WONDERFUL people. I agree...MANY people down there were great but the majority were not. I had people tell me they were ASHAMED by the actions of
Lastly I worked with Blackwater Operators down there to patrol our 3 areas. They saw the same BS I saw, so no idea where you were or what your role
was but you sound like you overlooked the truth of what occured. I laugh because news agencies like CNN and MSNBC say the reports od theft, murder,
and robbing were unfounded and noone was doing that. Obviously their goal was to destroy Bush and the government reaction to the disaster...and
rightly so, but to KNOWINGLY dismiss facts that WERE going on is kind of sad for the media to do. Like I said, if you were there, like I was, you
know this, and to deny it would be unjust!
As far an anything encouraging to contribute, I have nothing from my time there that was truly encouraging. Other then the few who stepped forward
and didn't sit back and let everyone else do the work. Your saying people are now stepping up to help get things back to normal...well THEY
SHOULD...its their home. You didn't see the people of Mississippi sit back, they all jumped right in and helped out anyway they could. THEY helped
take care of the sick and injured and handicapped. THEY helped distribute supplies and THEY helped rebuild.
So you see my friends from NO who I still stay in contact with said it best, they said: "You know we are living in the end days when a tragedy
like this doesn't even bring neighbors together, rather it takes thousands of people who don't live here or even know us to come in and take care of
...Marshall Family...all black and they never once...NOT ONCE mentioned race my entire time there, or to this day. So this goes
back to the original poster and those vids. I was there, I am white, and NEVER did I crack a smile or see one cracked at the misfortune of the people
involved who were of all colors...were there cases of racism there, I don't know...I didn't see any. Do I think rescue workers, aid workers, police
officers, nurses, and doctors gone down there to help if they were racist???? Makes no sense to me! We went there to help PEOPLE in need not a race!