Our country can and has responded to many emergency situations across the globe in record time so now all of us are asking the same question, why did it take almost a week to respond to our own emergency right here at home?
The feds are pointing fingers at the state and city gvmnts and they in turn are pointing right back but the bottom line is, that the shameful lack of response was tantamount to NOT CARING. Why didn't the federal gvmnt care enough to respond rapidly or even in a timely manner? Could it be because the hurricane of poverty had already hit and held so many of New Orleans' people in its grip? Could it be because as always, poor people (especially people of color) are expendable in the eyes of a gvmt made up of people who has what it needs, and those in need can just wait until someone gets around to helping them? This experience is a wake up call for so many Americans on so many levels and as my fellow writer friend says, Abre los ojos! Open your eyes! If you haven't figured out that this is just the beginning of days like these then you'd better...we all better.
Many of us sat glued to the tube trying to figure out what we could do besides pray because it sure looked like no one in the gvmnt was going to ride up in white hats to save the day...others of us headed out for the affected areas to try and make a difference.
There have been many good people around the country who have opened their hearts, wallets, and homes to the survivors of Katrina and in the months to come we are all going to have to do more to help our fellow citizens who by the way, are not refugees!
Go to http://www.nola.com/ to see the open letter to Pres. George Bush from the Times-Picayune a mainstream media daily newspaper in New Orleans, even they are fed up with the treatment their city received in their time of greatest need.