This week, there’s been stories on national news programs, social media, podcasts about the remembrance of Hurricane Katrina. I remember being at home watching the news reports and seeing those haunting images on my screen and thinking how could something like this happen in our country. It was just heartbreaking seeing the aftermath and not being able to do anything about it.
The above photo generated a bit of controversy when it showed how the media depicted those being dispatched after the hurricane. And today, we still have that issue of the media not properly addressing victims of any kind. Those were humans who lost their homes (tens of thousands), lives (over 1,800) and memories (countless). If they media is to be unbiased, they shouldn’t be referring to blacks as looters while saying others were ‘finding’ items.
When I hear the stories of how New Orleans was before the levees broke, it makes me think why would the local government not prepare them for the damage and for those that weren’t able to leave, allow them to receive the aid that could have saved lives?
When Kanye said those words, it spoke volumes about the lack of response that was coming from the government officials. I’ve visited New Orleans twice post Katrina (2012 and just last month). Some natives have stated that it’s not the same New Orleans as before 2005.
And then you have this guy, smiling and yucking it up like he didn’t fail the country during this period. During his stop, Bush didn’t even visit the Lower Ninth Ward nor the areas where those levees broke. It’s not rocket science to make sure the citizens of the Gulf Coast are prepared for the worst when the storm was ready to hit. But hey, he stole two elections so that goes to show the true meaning of democracy in this country.
Hopefully, the U.S. has prevention measures in place so that we won’t have another disaster haunting our country in the future.