What’s happening in New Orleans?
One of my colleagues and I were talking today about the tragedy unfolding in New Orleans (NO) and the mass rescue that is occurring. She said quietly and sheepishly, “Why do you think all the people we’re seeing on TV looting, wading through water and being rescued are African Americans?”
All over the ‘net have been blog posts about NO police officers looting, buses bypassing blacks clearly in need of help, lack of basic sanitation and clean water, and a level of desperation unheard of in this country. No question if you have the means you can get out, get help and get sympathy regardless of race, but there is something fundamental occurring in NO that makes any reasonable observer question.
The Interdictor is a blogger in NO that has disturbing things to report. Worth a read and to give some thought about what’s occurring down there. Of course, I’m sitting here in my clean house in 70 degree weather and will be climbing in to clean sheets tonight so I’m not going to be an armchair critic or supporter…but *will* observe what others are reporting from the area. Anyone unfortunate enough to be poor, without transportation or the naivete to try to ride out the storm in NO needs our prayers, our help (financial or otherwise) and less second-guessing of the obvious anarchy ensuing.
I can’t imagine what it must be like. It’s also tough to fathom how NO is going to be able to recover from this disaster *and* plan for the next inevitable hurricane.
About Steve Borsch
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Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.