The Crime of Victimhood

At some point last week–it’s hard to say quite when–those affected by Hurricane Katrina went from being victims to being criminals. Why is that? Does that really reflect the underlying reality of the situation, or is it just easier to manage disasters if an evil can be identified and attacked? Or is it that we’re more comfortable with protecting ourselves against those who’ve transgressed than with sacrificing to support those who’ve suffered?

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