Lisa Ling also found still other stunned families walking the streets of New Orleans in a daze. One family she met was wandering a now desolate road, with no destination in mind. They had already taken refuge in the Superdome, but were forced to leave because of the deplorable conditions.
Many of the families Lisa met repeated the same horrific accounts of their ordeal in the Superdome, the very place that was supposed to serve as a safe haven. Shaken by their stories, Lisa felt compelled to question the way authorities responded: "If this had happened to an affluent, white community, would people have had to wait for five days in a dangerous, dark, disgustingly dirty environment, or would something have been done? This is America, that's the thing that is most disconcerting about this."