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September 01, 2005

Apparently, Blacks "Loot" and Whites "Find"

Racist photocaptions from Yahoo News divide the desperate into the good and the bad:

Loot / Image Hosted by ImageShack.us"A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005."

Find / Image Hosted by ImageShack.us"Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana."
- via Besotted Blog

A cheer to Yahoo for showing us the difference between the "right" kind of desperation and the "wrong" kind.

UPDATE: According to the director of media relations the agency that accepted the first picture, the photographer "saw the person go into the shop and take the goods". In his own words, the photographer who took the second picture explains, "These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics. They picked up bread and cokes that were floating in the water".

Fair's fair. The young man who was described as a looter, looted (according to the director of media relations of the agency that accepted the photograph and caption). The people who found the food, found it.

And what does Yahoo, who first posted the pictures say? They say they don't have time to check the things out before the post them.

Admittedly, neither did I before I jumped to my immediate conclusion. But this is not a news agency. It's a blog and anyone who thinks you get anything more than half-baked opinions based on poorly researched facts in blogs is delusional.

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