I have written a couple of times about the looting in New Orleans and decided that it is time to make a couple of things clear to the 17 people who care about my thoughts on this.
I understand the need for basic supplies and why some people are engaging in looting. I look very differently upon the person who steals food/medicine than the people stealing jewelry, electronics and other items.
I can even understand why some people might feel that they are forced to steal clothes, but I cannot get behind the general lawlessness.
I cannot accept the dog-eat-dog, lord of the flies attitude that some people have adopted. This is not a race issue. It is not a class issue. It is bigger than that. It is a being a good person issue.
As a father I am well familiar with the need to provide for a family and I hope to never be in that type of situation.
The looters are not just stealing from nameless corporations. They are stealing from their neighbors. The mom and pop grocery store, the guy who sells electronics and competes with the big corporations.
There are faces and real people associated with these places. It just makes me sad to see this.