Thursday, September 01, 2005

Anger rises among Mississippi's poor after Katrina - Yahoo! News

Anger rises among Mississippi's poor after Katrina - Yahoo! News: "Hotels along the interstates and other main roads were packed with these temporary refugees. Gas stations and convenience stores -- at least those that were open -- sold out of water, ice and other supplies within hours.

But others could not afford to join them, either because they didn't own a car or couldn't raise funds for even the cheapest motel.

'No way we could do that,' said Willie Rhetta, a bus driver, who remained in his home to await Katrina.

Resentment at being left behind in the path of one of the fiercest hurricanes on record may have contributed to some of the looting that occurred in Biloxi and other coastal communities.

A number of private residences, including some in upscale neighborhoods, were targeted, residents said.

Class divisions, which often fall along racial lines in this once-segregated southern state, are not new to Mississippi. It traditionally is one of the poorest states in the United States.

In 2004, Mississippi had the second lowest median household income and the highest percentage of people -- 21.6 percent -- living in poverty, according to a report released this week by the U.S.
Census Bureau."

The BBC described these people as stubborn. It forgot to think they might be too poor to get away from the area.

Other reports show news real comparisons where white people are shown "finding things" and black people are shown "looting".