I have been listening to NPR all afternoon at work and all I can say is "What the fuck?" What is happening in Mississippi and Louisiana is beyond my comprehension. They are saying the whole city of New Orleans may be shut down for 3 months! How does that work?
There are a zillion questions: I keep thinking about the various schools in New Orleans being shut down indefinitely- what happens there to those students? When can people get their stuff out of their houses? What must it be like if you left your pet thinking you would be right back? How will the US feel the effects economically? How will the rebuild in a way that makes it safe to live there?
There is an urge to look at the people who stayed as ignorant fools. Well, ignorant maybe, but how can we know what it is like to have to leave your home? On 9/11 all I wanted to do was get home and I live down the street from the Pentagon. Think about the people in your city slums who you just know never leave the city limits - some for their whole lives. It must be so devastating. I will say that I have no udnerstanding of people who say "We'll rebuild right here" - that's like walking at night down a street on which you were raped one evening. I don't care if it's home - sometimes home is not safe and we have to move on!
And the looters! Well, you know, the US shits all over the poor and so does God apparently. Part of the problem in New Orleans is due to overdevelopment - greed has screwed up the ecosystem. Plus, we live in a culture of "Oh you're poor? Well, sorry each man for himself. Not my problem!" Now we're seeing the other side of that, from the poor man's viewpoint. Each man for himself. It sucks though...America's foundation of community is a real house of cards.
This is beyond the scope of anything that has happened here in America, isn't it? People are very scared and angry. It must be so isolating to be stuck down there. I mean, everything is calm now with the weather, but all those people are still in peril under sunny skies. They must feel like they have been abandoned.