Monday, October 03, 2005

ISSUE DODGING

The Christian Science Monitor ran a story today that discusses the cultural myths, or maybe "baggage," behind the rumors that came out of Hurricane Katrina. In short, blacks believed that whites got out of the Superdome first and that black neighborhoods were purposely flooded to preserve the predominantly white Garden District, while whites believed that blacks were shooting at helicopters and rampaging through Baton Rouge looking to rape white women.

The more troubling issue is that the media did not miss a beat in reporting all sorts of crazy things. Remember the crazy stories about the Superdome and what was happening in there. It was insane, and it was reported as truth. Now the media is blaming the people who believed their reports.

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