My neighbors are lifelong New Orleanians. Most of their family has evacuated
to here, but one nephew who had a broken leg was trapped in New Orleans and
was only able to leave a few days ago. I talked to his uncle today about
these allegations that the levee was deliberately blown. His nephew was nearby
and confirms that residents heard a series of explosions before the levee "failed".
Another deliberate act of sabotage was the opening of floodgates in
another location that was announced in advance by radio. Such an act to sacrifice
a poor neighborhood in order to spare an expensive one is not unprecedented
in New Orleans history.
I spent most of my teenage years in New Orleans and have spent much time there
since. The rest of the world really can't comprehend the depth of racism
and class disparity in New Orleans. I have no doubt that Rep. Baker's
recent remark that the public housing problem has been solved by God when it
couldn't be accomplished legally any other way is entirely reflective of the
rapacious developer mentality in the region.
They have wanted to rid NO of its poor for years in order to snap up
desirable real estate. As with everything else in America, it's about depopulating
the unwanted so that the rich-boy powermongers can do what they want. Such is
the South. Such is the US.