In recent events: at a benefit concert to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina survivors Kanye West made a public statement criticising United States President George Bush for not responding to the disater in a quick and proper manner. The Multi Platinum and Award Winning Entertainer used his national television platform to state that "George Bush doesn't care about Black People" and also that the media's portrayal of the Hurricane aftermath was also tainted with racism. Kanye pointed out "I hate the way they portray us in the media... If you see a black family it says they are looting if you see a white family it says they are looking for food. "
While many people agreed with the rapper's view points some felt he should not have used that particular moment or platform to make those statements. Others however also believe that perhaps it was the best time to make the statements as they have more power now while the event is in the forefront of everyones minds rather than down the road where the power of the words might be lost to other current events.
Kanye West obviously isn't the only one to criticize Bush
on our national emergency response capabilities Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made the following valid point "I think it puts into question all of the Homeland Security and Northern Command planning for the last four years, because if we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?" But it is still Knaye's comments that hit home the hardest. For his statements indicate that the delays were intentional due to the largely Black demographic of the areas most devastated by flooding in the New Orleans area.
And at Tuesday night's Hollywood premiere of 'The Man,' co-star and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie backed West, and even took it a step further mentioning it's more of a rich or poor issue, saying, 'It's not a black and white issue. Bush doesn't care about white people either.' "
The Reverend Jesse Jackson when asked what he thought of the Governments slow response put it quite eloquently- "America has a great tolerance for black pain".
Bushes Response to the Flooding?
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breachof the levees."-- Pres. George Bush (ABC "Good Morning America," 9/1)
National Geographic Anticipated the Flooding!
But apparently there was a story in the October 2004 issue of National Geographic
In October 2004, writer Joel K. Bourne, Jr. described exactly what was anticipated:
"The storm hit . . . with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. . . . As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it. Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States...
When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great."...
That was written in National Geographic a year before Hurricane Katrina ripped New Orleans a new one and basically brought this worst case scenario to life and into the forefront of Americas attention. Could we have prevented this disater? perhaps, but it would take an administration that actually reads credible information from credible sources like National Geographic. And an administration capable of realizing the ramifications of such a disaster and how prevention ultimately would cost less.
Human Nature Vs Mother Nature
Apparently our own development and subsequent destruction of natures own natural storm barriers is more to blame for the excessive destruction than are the forces of nature. Nature balances itself, it creates natural defenses against it's own storms. Humans almost always upset that balance and its a game ultimately humans always lose. Mother nature eventually balances itself even if it must do so by force.