DAILYKENN.com -- Victims trapped inside a derailed train in Washington state met the same fate as victims affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana: They were met with altruistic and empathetic volunteers who rushed to their aid.
This raises the question: Are white people genetically predispositioned for compassion? Or is altruism a learned behavior?
That's not to say non-white have no empathy. It is, rather, to note that white people tend to adopt non-white children, but seldom are white children adopted by non-whites.
|2005 rescue in New Orleans, LA (6abc Philadelphia)|
From Washington Times ▼
Daniel Konzelman was one of thousands of commuters barreling along a highway outside Seattle on Monday morning when the emergency response training he learned as an Eagle Scout kicked in.
He and a friend pulled over after an Amtrak passenger train hurtled off an overpass and crashed into vehicles on Interstate 5 below, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. They rushed to help, running along the tracks and over the bridge to get to the scene.
Some train cars had their roofs ripped off or were turned upside down. Others were turned sideways on the bridge. Konzelman, 24, and his friend clambered into train cars to look for victims.
“I just wanted to help people because I would want people to help me,” he said.
The scene was grisly, with some people pinned under the train and others who appeared to be dead. If people could move and seemed stable, Konzelman said he helped them climb out of the train. If they looked seriously hurt, he tried to offer comfort by talking to them to calm them down.
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