Originally Posted by desertlizard
My parents are both from Iowa and I was raised in Minnesota, and I know the value of people helping each other out in a disaster. I have no doubt that the good people of Iowa helped each other during this terrible disaster. I also have no doubt the majority of people in New Orleans would have helped each other out as well, if they could have. The scale created problems that made that nearly impossible.
In the case of a disaster of the magnitude of Iowa or Katrina, ALL people have the ABILITY to help one another, unfortunately, the WILL to do so may not exist.
The "scale of the Katrina disaster made that all but impossible" (paraphrased) is a lame-ass excuse attempting to justify the lack of New Orlean's community cohesiveness, determination, grit, independence, and determination to pull together. What was EXPECTED by the affected citizens of New Orleans was an instantaneous response by "the government" to magically solve all their problems while they sat back on their welfare-supported asses listening to their idiot mayor decry the racist inaction of the racist government. The scale of the disaster made an instant solution impossible, and the situation suddenly became a race issue. "The government" was racist because a large number of affected persons were black and, surely, because they are black, that MUST be the reason they did not receive an immediate response from "the government".
We live in a society that has come to expect instant gratification and we are all ready to point fingers and place blame anywhere but upon ourselves. The citizens of Cedar Rapids (and other affected areas of Iowa) clearly have the WILL to help others, and in turn, help themselves. That is why Iowa will recover and prosper within a relatively short period of time. They are willing to fix the problems fixable by human effort and determination.
On the other hand, New Orleans black community will continue to be inflamed by the racist rhetoric of their moronic mayor continually spewing BS about how "the government" owes them a wonderful life, and they should continue to play the race card in an attempt to obtain everything they are unwilling to work for (and, therefore, do not deserve). New Orleans needs a wake-up call.
Believe it or not, most white people are not "race-ist", they are however "attitude-ist". I don't care if you are green as long as you don't expect and demand the unreasonable.
You are way off-base intimating anything racist in other's postings