Five days after the storm, the military came into the city to “take it back.” Gold was able to travel with soldiers heading from the Superdome to the city’s convention center. When two black men were slow to move out of the truck’s path, Gold heard a white soldier remark, “Just shoot ‘em, who cares?” This comment was not printed in the Times, but Gold said that perhaps it should have. It embodied not only the distrust that some soldiers had developed for the people they were there to rescue, but as the overall question arising from the disaster - who cares about this city and its people?
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Los Angeles Times writer Scott Gold speaking at Hamilton College: