Black people loot things. White people find things.
Why does this happen? Why is everyone from the public tut-tutting the police for "allowing" looting to take place? Why would anyone take poor people to task for "stealing" food and drink and medicine when they're trapped inside a flood zone with no power, no clean drinking water, and no idea when or if they'll be rescued? Why is it important that we make a show of condemning people who steal a TV or a gold chain from a store who's going to write off its entire inventory as destroyed by flooding for the insurance money anyway? Why would anyone even begin to give a weeping shit about looting in the middle of the biggest natural disaster in American history?
There are hundreds of thousands of people right now with no home and no idea where they're going to go. All night, workers were risking their lives, dodging fires and downed power lines, trying to rescue people who have been sitting on their roof for 12 hours because everything they own, an entire lifetime of savings and work, is under twelve feet of water. This will take years -- years to clean up, and may drastically change the entire face of the Gulf Coast region. Katrina may very well precipitate an economic upheaval, and will certainly cost tens of billions of dollars. New Orleans is slowly and inexorably disappearing from the map. And in the face of all this, some people -- let's face it, lots of people -- find it necessary to bitch that a handful of black people are busting into flooded stores and stealing a few hundred bucks worth of half-submerged merchandise? No wonder no one in New Orleans government for the last 50 years could be bothered to come up with a workable, decently funded emergency plan; our priorities are fucked.
(ETA: Here's another great moment in bias-free captioning: the white woman "looks through (her) shopping bag", like she's just wandered in to buy some sundries, while the black guy "jumps through a broken window", that criminal son of a bitch.)