I don’t know where to begin with this, but let’s start with it being wrong in its factual premise. As Rebecca Solnit documents in A Paradise Built in Hell, the historical experience of communities affected by disaster has shown that survivors form spontaneous support networks, rather than descending into the war of all against all that people like Graham say they fear.
In any case, we'd be much better served if people gave up the notion of trying to survive a catastrophe as an isolated individual or family. No one is an island. If you’re going to survive a disaster, you’re going to need to cooperate with others, and it’s hard to do that from inside a bunker with an assault weapon pointed in their face.
@david After Katrina you literally had white supremacists hunting down black people and shooting them, complete impunity
Well, maybe not complete impunity... More than *a decade later* a *single person* faced a trial
@steven Yes, and Solnit covers this in her book. It's not looters you need to be concerned about—it’s the people predisposed to treat their neighbors as sub-human.
@steven To put it another way, it’s rhetoric like Graham’s about the threat of “looters” that gives cover for violence against people of color and the poor in the aftermath of natural disasters. That’s one reason why it’s worth speaking out against.
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