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Comparing New Orleans with San Diego: A False Analogy

October 24, 2007
Already the blowhards are comparing the response of government agencies focusing specifically on the federal and giving local agencies no merit in San Diego to what it was in New Orleans, making it a race issue. In order to ignite the us and them mentality, false analogies are of the utmost importance to misconstrue the reality of a situation.

I understand using every opportunity to stick it to Bush, he is after all an apathetic idiot, and did in fact show indifference to the people of New Orleans, nevertheless to expect the same outcome is wrong. First, the disasters, as in their natural qualities are different. Second, the amount of fatalities is so significantly different that a hint at comparison is ridiculous, —two deaths compared to over a thousand, little to no one trapped compared to countless people. Third, the fires are not burning in a way that encompasses an entire area without safe spaces as the flood encompassed New Orleans. Fourth, there are local agencies with different procedures, evacuation techniques, and personnel than in other cities some 2500 miles away. Unless we are to believe that all cities use the exact same format and its entire people respond the same. The U.S.A is not a monolith (as much as the current federal government would like to believe and as much as the U.S.A pretends to be when dealing in foreign policy, and as much as the culture police will claim, it still does not make it so), if so, it would not be divided into different states with opportunities for different governments, such as local officials, the governor, mayors, state officials etc. Fifth, there are no two cities with the exact same demographics, if so, then the only reason to live anywhere else would be the scenery. Also the income and taxes and wealth would be the same. Sixth, all government officials at the federal level are not George Bush and his cronies. Although I do believe Bush and his people have had a stranglehold on power, they do not control if others learn from past mistakes. Meaning, there are people, other than Bush who could have learned from New Orleans. To believe that people did not learn anything, did not take notice, did not prepare is to say one has no Faith in the human race, which is also saying the race should be annihilated. What’s the point of a race living if it is just repeating the same mistakes? Such bleak ideology typically come from misanthropes or resentful people who expect everyone to suffer the same regardless of the circumstances. Seventh, the loss of property cannot be compared to the loss of life. The list of differences between the two is endless.

  1. Professor Zero permalink
    October 24, 2007 4:42 am

    Great post.

    Viva mi tierra querida (y que tanto quiero y tanto extranio).

    But: mi tierra querida is full of money and not so New Orleans. Really not so.

    More than two years later and most of the city is still in ruins. How I wish people could come home.

  2. Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 24, 2007 4:51 am

    But: mi tierra querida is full of money and not so New Orleans. Really not so.

    Exactly. That is why I say focusing on the race is divisive. However, what could be focused on instead, and would eventually get to race, but not until many layers are peeled away are the other demographics that tend to make divisions, —income, taxes, property value, etc.

    Other areas of focus could be, “why don’t the federal government compensate for poorer areas and provide services that are provided in areas (by local agencies) with higher taxes” or “why is human life not valued as much as property.”

    Speaking of wanting people to come home. I think it cheapens the lost life when others expect each diaster to pay the same price. You know that old saying “Are you happy now.” If the same amount of people died in San Diego as New Orleans would these critics be happy then?

    That eye for an eye, or I should say body for body worked out real well in Iraq for 9/11. NOT!

  3. Professor Zero permalink
    October 24, 2007 6:59 am

    Yes. Property over life – it’s the American Way. 😉

  4. momo permalink
    October 24, 2007 1:50 pm

    The 20/20 show I watched last night on the fires had a heartbreaking section on farmworkers who are being ordered to work in dangerous areas and who are afraid that if they don’t obey, they’ll lose their jobs or be deported.

  5. Kitty Glendower permalink
    October 24, 2007 3:52 pm

    Yes, I can imagine, that is why I just threw my hands in the air when I read the people who are suffering here are rich and white. WTF? I think California produces the most fruits and vegetables compared to anywhere else in the country. Plus there is so much military, so much. Military is everywhere. The military is not famous for keeping its ranks all white, not during Bush’s wartime anyway.

    One large brush.

  6. pussreboots permalink
    October 24, 2007 8:07 pm

    I grew up in San Diego and still have friends and family there. While this fire is a very personal event for me, I agree with you. It is no New Orleans. The nature of the disaster is completely different. Just thinking about what happened in New Orleans still makes me mad enough to spit. Two years later and there are still people living in trailers! Where is the promised recovery effort?

  7. Not Your Mama permalink
    October 25, 2007 7:46 pm

    You’re right, apples & oranges.

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