[Dixielandjazz] The Gulf >> Is Our OWN Black Hole
BudTuba at aol.com
BudTuba at aol.com
Fri Sep 2 18:45:30 PDT 2005
In a message dated 9/2/05 5:36:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time, jim at kashprod.com
The foreign news about the tradgedy along the Gulf of Mexico seems to be
hitting hard on the fact that very little seemed to happen to help those
poor people during the last 4 days. If that news is just not slanted, then
it is quite unconceivable that aid couldn't have begun to move more quickly.
Actually, this slant is closer to the truth than we white folk will want to
admit. When the Mayor of NO issued an "order" to evacuate the city prior to
the hurricane's landfall, she did not plan for the poorest and most
vulnerable slice of society by arranging for the buses and ambulances to haul them out
at the same time. Demographicaly, white folk are not the majority of the
poorest of our society. So when the mayor sent out the evacuation notice, I'm
guessing the majority of cars heading out were white folk. They lost
everything too, but they stand the best chance of integrating themselves into other
areas of the country and rebuilding their lives with time. We can easily
blame the people who stayed, for dragging their heels and not moving out and
therefore subject to their own fickleness, but if they have no car, no money,
and no idea where to go or be accepted, what could we have expected?
The discussion is just starting to open on why the Department of Homeland
Security wasn't more prepared to deal with the situation. FEMA is being
phased out to be taken over by DHS, but that is the only governmental agency that
has the experience necessary to deal with rescue and clean up AFTER a
disaster. DHS is supposed to have the responsibility for anticipating problems and
developing contingency plans. The possibility of this happening was obvious
once Katrina exited Florida on its northwesternly path. The vulnerability of
the Gulf region (especially New Orleans) has been well known for decades.
It was obvious to me when I visited New Orleans and watched boats on the
Mississippi floating along higher than many buildings. I think expecting DHS to
do a better job than FEMA after a disaster is foolhardy. The debate will be
intense on this one and could become the death knell to the present party in
I interpret the foreign coverage to be honest reporting of the sad dilemma
we have created.
Roy (Bud) Taylor
Smugtown Stompers Jazz Band
"...we ain't just whistlling dixie!"
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