Given the lack of any mention of whether or not there is any white looting in Iowa, the headline is very strange, indeed.
In fact, I would expect there to be SOME white looting in Iowa. I have been a high school teacher for 30 years; and in the past two or three years, for the first time, a significant number of my students, predominantly white, raise their hand when asked if they would loot if a chaotic event occurred. I usually use news events where looting is occurring, here or abroad, to broach the question. In one class, again predominantly white, some hispanic, some native American, lower-level achiving, 70% raised their hands. I let them know, mainly by leaving my jaw on the floor for a few beats, how shocked I was at such an attitude. The times, they are a-changin’.
Yes, there’s white looting here in Iowa. One woman was arrested in Cedar Rapids for trying to take bottles of alcohol out of a flooded bar.
It is hard to loot in a tightly knit community. In a big city it is easier to justify taking from someone you don’t know, but it is pretty hard to take from a neighbor you see at the grocery store, the gas station and at church.
Looting also requires a mob mentality with others grabbing the stuff you can’t get to.
Perhaps there’s been a serious loss of ethical consciousness.
In the Soviet Union, was stealing from someone rich considered wrong?
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The times, they are a-changin.
I don't think so. Looting has never been tied to race, just class and character. If there was a nation wide disaster we'd certainly see our share of looters of all races.
We had looting here in the Missouri Ozarks after recent tornados. A friend had her house demolished. While she tried to find her belongings, other people picked through whatever was blown around. They even tried to dig up plants from her yard.
a significant number of my students, predominantly white, raise their hand when asked if they would loot if a chaotic event occurred.
Your class might be interested in a similar question asked at our senior center. All raised their hand when asked “would you shoot looters if you had the means to do so during a chaotic event?”
Still, there seems to be a serious disconnect in the reporting from NO verses Iowa regarding borrowing items for long terms. The press has not done any favors to Middle America in a long time and I don't expect them to start now.
Thanks for teaching, and continue to hope for the best from our youngsters. We really seem to be devolving as a society when it comes to our young.