04 September, 2005

I think the National Black Caucus got it wrong.

During the NBC's press conference the media was corrected for using the term refugee in reference to the thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. These citizens, who had to evacuate their homes with precious little besides their loved ones, are living in substandard conditions for six says now. The media has taken sinful delight in showing a civilized people's descent into hell. But the media got it right, these people are refugees. By definition, a noun, meaning one who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution. I would dare you to see the melee and say it is not a war zone on the ground there. And, wouldn't there have been faster response from our government if the socioeconomic conditions of these victims were different. I mean, this is a city that is 66.6% African-American. (you know, blacks, Negroes, niggers, coons: all of those names that people mistakenly assume aren't harmful if they are only used in the comfort of their homes ) The city flooded on Tuesday, and the first real sign of relief did not show up until Friday. It didn't take the U.S. government four days to respond to the Tsumani, they are also poor. So what's the difference. New Orleans is a tourist spot also, but....oh most of the people who actually live there are inconsequential to the government. I mean, did you hear the head of FEMA, they didn't have "confirmed" reports of the conditions on the ground. See. don't further insult us, a city below sea level is 80-90% flooded, I would guess they'd need SOMETHING, even if the first reports were unconfirmed, the situation was grim from the start.

Our President is very protective of his "daddy", I wonder, if George and Barbara had to steal from Kennebunkport's Wal-Mart to survive, would FEMA have moved faster? He needs to pretend every American is George and Barbara. Were fight a war, because Saddam tried to kill his "daddy", so imagine all the ails that could be corrected with a different perspective. But Americas dirty laundry had been brought to bear. Yeah, I'm proud to be an American........
A friend of mine gives a "soundtrack" to accompany the theme of the days' entry, so I am going to borrow from her every now and again. Maybe New Orleans can adopt it as a temporary Theme Song, it fits. Today's song is Subcity by Tracy Chapman.
People say it doesn't exist
'Cause no one would like to admit
That there is a city underground
Where people live everyday
Off the waste and decay
Off the discards of their fellow man
Here in subcity life is hard
We can't receive any government relief
I'd like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding me
They say there's too much crime in these city streets
My sentiments exactly
Government and big business hold the purse strings
When I worked I worked in the factories
I'm at the mercy of the world
I guess I'm lucky to be alive
They say we've fallen through the cracks
They say the system works
But we won't let it
I guess they never stop to think
We might not just want handouts
But a way to make an honest living
Living this ain't living
What did I do deserve this
Had my trust in god
Worked everyday of my life
Thought I had some guarantees
That's what I thought
At least that's what I thought
Last night I had another restless sleep
Wondering what tomorrow might bring
Last night I dreamed
A cold blue light was shining down on me
I screamed myself awake
Thought I must be dying
Thought I must be dying