But seriously, folks: in the predictable but very worrisome category is the poll indicating that two-thirds of black respondents believe the response to Katrina would have been more substantial if most of the victims had been white. This is one of those areas where the perception really does matter. It would be awful if it were true that the response was lessened by the race of the victims (I'm neither agreeing nor disagreeing with that premise); but even if it were not true, the fact that so many blacks believe it's true would be a problem.
And am I the only one who finds C.P.'s response--in the reporter's paraphrase, "so many African-Americans were left unprotected because they were poor, rather than because they were black"--less than completely reassuring?