Posted by Brian at 10:56 AM
Is it racism or classism at work here?
Doesn't matter, really--it's still bullshit.
At one point Friday, the evacuation was interrupted briefly when school buses pulled up so some 700 guests and employees from the Hyatt Hotel could move to the head of the evacuation line — much to the amazement of those who had been crammed in the Superdome since last Sunday.
"How does this work? They (are) clean, they are dry, they get out ahead of us?" exclaimed Howard Blue, 22, who tried to get in their line. The National Guard blocked him as other guardsmen helped the well-dressed guests with their luggage.
The 700 had been trapped in the hotel, near the Superdome, but conditions were considerably cleaner, even without running water, than the unsanitary crush inside the dome.
The National Guard was helping people with their luggage? Some of the people stuck in the Superdome don't even have shoes anymore, because they've been robbed by looters, and the National Guard is helping people with their luggage?