I think the writer tries to gloss over some of the bad, but in spite of that he has some good points which can be extracted for comparison too.
Racists like Rush Limbaugh attempt to contrast the "supposedly good and decent" white people of the flooded upper Mississippi River basin with the "presumably evil, lazy and violent folks of New Orleans, who we are told, did nothing but foment criminality" when disaster struck their city. Limbaugh's belief - shared by millions who would never speak publicly - is that whites are by nature more self-sufficient than Blacks. But the figures show that flood-struck Iowans, for example, are at least as dependent on welfare and government subsidy as their darker counterparts in pre-Katrina New Orleans.
Among the differences that should be readily apparent to almost anyone, consider:
In New Orleans, residents were kept from escaping, literally forced back into the city by armed police from a neighboring community. Nothing like this has happened in Iowa.
In New Orleans, relief agencies like the Red Cross were prohibited from entering the city, thanks to an order from the Department of Homeland Security, which feared that the provision of relief would delay evacuation. In other words, the suffering was heightened deliberately by government order, as noted on the Red Cross website, as early as September 2, 2005. Nothing like this has happened in Iowa.
In New Orleans, those stuck in the flood zone (tens of thousands in all) were herded into the Superdome and Convention Center, where there was no air conditioning (at the hottest time of the year in that city), no food, and little or no water. When those who were trapped (and who would wait for three full days before any serious assistance arrived) tried to get to the food in the pantries of the Convention Center (food that would have gone bad or been written off anyway), they were met by guns, pointed at them by members of the National Guard, who warned them to "step away from the food or we'll blow your ******* heads off." Nothing like this has happened in Iowa. (much more at article)
Doesn't it make you wonder............
Where are all of the Hollywood celebrities holding their telethons these days, asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods?
Where is the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn't solved the problem? Asking where the FEMA trucks (and trailers) are?
Why isn't the Federal Government relocating Iowa people to free hotels In Chicago?
When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines?
Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks?
Where are all the looters who steal high-end tennis shoes and big screen television sets?
Where is the hysterical media coverage, 24/7, complete with reports of cannibalism?
Where are the people who would declare that George Bush hates white, rural people?
How come in 2 weeks, you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again?
Have you figured it out ?