[percy-l] hurricanes

dabeck at iupui.edu dabeck at iupui.edu
Sat Sep 3 00:16:29 EDT 2005

PS I sent before finishing. I don't think that the slow reaction was related 
to race either. But I do wonder if such a tragedy happened at Martha's 
Vineyard, if would we have been so slow to react (and I do think that the 
federal government was slow to react)? 
 On the other hand, I'm tired and don't want to be held accountable for what I 
say. These are just some random thoughts in the midst of a tragedy that is 
hard to understand. After all, it's the first time we have seen in our own 
land what it's like to live in a 3rd world country.
 Time to go to bed.

Quoting dabeck at iupui.edu:

> Ken,
> If you want to add fuel to your fire, go see "The Constant Gardener." I
> highly 
> recommend this movie. If you feel cynical about politicians (as I do), take a
> look (albeit fictional) at the pharmaceutical companies. 
>  BTW, your rant is shared by me. I wish we could react as quickly to our own
> crises as we do to the ones in the middle east.
> -DB
> Quoting KMitch2626 at aol.com:
> > well since both list are talking about it, and since both share common 
> > readers... why not chime in a piss people off. 
> > 
> > yes your all correct. did you know that our federal government, has strict
> > guidlines on how it must respond to the suffereings of african-american
> > people. 
> > the lack of help, was actually due to a specific wait time, we must follow,
> > whenever there is a crisis involving poor black persons such as just
> > happened. 
> > our governing officials actually sit and watch and chuckle at their
> > suffering. 
> > then at the last moment, decide to send in help. oh wait, actually, they
> knew
> > 
> > what was going to happen, and could have prevented it.
> > we are human and fallible, and im certain mistakes were made and will be.
> but
> > 
> > if you think this is race driven... call me cold, kick me off your 
> > listserves, but your full of shit! 
> > 
> > my rant amidst a time of great sadness for those hit by a hurricane,
> > ken mitchell
> > 
> > quotes:
> > 
> > "It's the first week of school and I am utterly haunted by the horrors  
> > of the Gulf Coast area (Why is help taking so long? Why isn't the  
> > media asking the class or race questions?) I know these are not  
> > direct Percy points, but I think there are parallels. Your point  
> > about mimetic desire would be a lovely thread at which to pull.  
> > Surely this applies to Tom More and the man on the train (pre-crash)  
> > and even Will Barrett."
> > 
> > "IMHO the most significant anachy assoicated with the disaster in New
> Orleans
> > 
> > is the US Federal government's woefully indifferent and criminally
> inadquate 
> > 
> > response to the suffering of poor black americans.  As an american I'm 
> > ashamed of our religious and racial bigotry.  First Iraq and now this. 
> May
> > god 
> > forgive us. "
> > 
> > 
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