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Here’s what I think….

            For those that are not aware, the two year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is upon us.  Is it just me or did the second anniversary of our nations greatest natural disaster seemingly creep up out of nowhere?  You would think that the travesty that is the aftermath of Katrina would still be headline news…I guess that’s what we get for thinking!  

            I’m not trying to compare apples and oranges but I would think the people of the lower 9th ward that are still displaced would be more important to the moral majority than making sure Michael Vick is ruined.  Not that I condone dog fighting.  (I can still love dogs and be a Michael Vick fan can’t I)?  I just think the plight of people who still have not recovered from Katrina’s devastation is more important than dogs in a basement.

I would think the fact that 4 Newark students missed the first day of classes at Delaware State, and the fact that the murder rate in New Orleans is at 140 and it’s not ever September yet, would be of greater concern than rap lyrics.  Again, you might say “apples and oranges”, but where are our priorities?  You don’t like the music, don’t buy it.  Turn the station when you hear it on the radio…..but protest the fact that less than 50% of the hospitals in New Orleans have been re-opened.  Protest the fact that insurance companies are refusing to pay claims over a technicality (Was it flood damage or wind damage that caused people to lose their homes?  Who cares?  They’re homeless and trying to rebuild, so pay them)!     

I’ve watched a few presidential debates in the last few weeks, and can count on one hand the number of times I heard mention of the Katrina recovery effort.  At the same time I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times I heard the candidates mention rebuilding Iraq.  I feel bad for the Iraqi’s, I really do, but I feel worse for the thousands of people scattered across this country because of Katrina.       

$20.9 Billion has been spent on rebuilding the Iraq infrastructure, which is 42% more than our government has spent on the post Katrina Gulf region.  At the very least, I would think our government would have awarded majority of the clean up projects to local businesses…you know, in an effort to jump start that economy.  Nope!  That money went straight to Halliburton et al!  When you add up the contributions of time, talent and money, regular citizens have probably done more to rebuild the Gulf Coast than our government will ever do.   

In a few days, Katrina will disappear from the headlines again.  We will go back to stories of scandalous politicians, and panty-less pop stars.  The President will resume his duty as poster boy for a new Iraq and the candidates will continue to make promises they can’t keep.  Life will go back to normal for most of us, but for those Katrina survivors there is no “back to normal”.    The people of the Gulf Coast were victimized by a storm and the incompetence of our political leaders.  This victimization continues, yet we see more about Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s abbreviated jail sentences on the news than we see about St. Bernard Parish.  I would think the fact that three firefighters in New Orleans are living in a two room trailer behind their old station is more newsworthy than the rich and shameless!  It is what it is, and I can’t change it.  I just wanted you to know what I think!



August 29, 2007 - Posted by | Life, News, Politics, Society


  1. Hello. I am contacting political bloggers around the country since I am one as well. I hope this email is not an intrusion.

    Katrina is a tragedy, and I hope we have learned from it.

    If you are open to doing a link exchange, I get some pretty decent traffic.

    Thank you.

    eric aka http://www.blacktygrrrr.wordpress.com

    Also, if you are interested, I am # 4 in the country at the bloggers choice awards in the political category.


    Comment by blacktygrrrr | August 30, 2007

  2. Well said! However, once we give our opinions (and trust me I’ve engaged in and heard similar conversations with the same sentiments for the past month) let’s all make certain that we do something to assist with making a difference.

    Comment by Shangazi | August 30, 2007

  3. “I would think the fact that 4 Newark students missed the first day of classes at Delaware State, and the fact that the murder rate in New Orleans is at 140 and it’s not ever September yet, would be of greater concern than rap lyrics. Again, you might say “apples and oranges”, but where are our priorities?”

    THANK YOU!!!
    you have hit the perverbial nail on the head.
    I am from Newark although I was born and raised in South Orange as an adult i lived several years in the brick city
    My company moved me to Houston a few years ago Pre-Katrina and i now live in what I like to refer to as HoustOrleans.
    I am disturbed not only by the response of our government but also by the response of the people that have migrated here from the crecent city
    Im sure that you have seen or heard the ISOLATED cases of the people that took their FEMA cards to the Galleria Mall (NJ’s equivalent of Short Hills mall) and bought Gucci or the people that I’ve seen in VIP rooms of clubs “making it rain” with FEMA dollars.
    Although isolated again i am forced to ask where are the values of the people in Americas “chocolate cities”
    In my opinion i thiknk i know what happened
    BET, MTV,the overall media i pose 3 questons
    when did it become so cool to be so ignorant????
    what eve happend to God helps those who helps themselves?
    now that FEMA has extended the benefits to the victims of katrina until 2009 are we helping or becoming a crutch

    Comment by fromthebricks2tx | August 30, 2007

  4. Just as an update to my original blog….On the front page of August 30th’sUSA Today: Dog Fighting Raids spawned by the Michael Vick Debackle are up. On page 4 of August 30th’s USA Today: Hurricane Katrina relief effort and memorials. So again here is what I think….1. It’s a good time to be a dog. 2. PETA has the media/government on LOCK. 3. The plight of the poor and the plight of victimized black people will always be put on the back burner of mainstream America! JerzeeChick

    Comment by epiphanyblog | August 30, 2007

  5. News flash.. DMX house was recently raided and what did the authorities find? You guessed it. Drugs and in the basement were 12 undernourished pit bulls, who had been starved and neglected! DMX has to be on crack!!! Hellllooooo, don’t you read the paper or watch TV…now, is definitely not the time to be treating “dogs” in a harmful manner.
    Im wonderng how this will play out…stay tuned

    Comment by Urban Royalty | August 31, 2007

  6. At the end of the day we continue to realize that the more things change the more they stay the same. As a people, with the help of television programming and the media we are only concerned and consumed by fabulosity than the real issues that affect us & the world we live in. It’s unfortunate, however; the challenge is for each of us to do everything we can to break the cycle of ignorance and teach as many as we can that at the end of the day all of the other foolishness doesn’t matter! I know –easier said than done.

    Comment by Irving on the Crest | August 31, 2007

  7. Our priorities when it comes to news, has gone to hell in a hand basket. Just where the world is going….with all the hurricanes, sunami’s, shootings of kids today, u would think we would be a better people. Our Govt don’t give a flying F??? about taking care of home first. R U kidding me; we will all pay the price of this in time. What scares me most, is what the future holds for my daughter.

    Comment by jerzeecook | September 1, 2007

  8. this is a very interesting commentary. i found it quite interesting that recently our preseident made his second trip to the area since the incident. second in two years. hmm. what is more outrageous to me is the thousands of black people that went to nola this past july for essence. not just the followers, but the performers as well. i was in nola for a while after katrina working and it amazed me how people could cross the parish lines into the french quarter and almost forget what they had seen a few minutes prior…drinking hurricanes, public drunkeness, lued conduct…the norm. going there for tourism does not help get the city back on track. it fuels the redevelopment plan that leaves alot of folks behind. so, if you must go there and want to be a part of the solution, do something while you visit…build something, clean something, teach a freaking class. do something.

    Comment by MikBaby | September 4, 2007

  9. “President Bush doesn’t like black people”

    – Kanye West

    Comment by The Lone Wolf | September 5, 2007

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