Wednesday, September 28, 2005
This Hurricane Season Has Damaged More Than Buildings
It's amazing how numbing television news images can be. No matter how horrible they are, no matter how compassionate viewers may otherwise be, it takes but a few minutes to become immune to human suffering - as long as you're on the receiving end of a television signal.
When I was watching the long line of people waiting to enter the Superdome before Hurricane Katrina, I was struck by two things: the peoples' apparent willingness (or more likely resignation) to make the best of a bad situation as well as the inane questions and behavior of the news media.
What I completely missed picking up on was the blanket violation of civil rights that was taking place in front of the entire world. Judging by the tone of this op-ed piece, it will be a long time before "The Shame of the Superdome" is forgotten by many Americans:
"This is the real story of the Louisiana Superdome. Hurricane Katrina can certainly destroy the environs of Louisiana and her neighboring states, but that can all be rebuilt. What will never be rebuilt is the dignity of the poorest citizens of that region, since the government acted with a greater destructive force than a hurricane. The lamp of freedom has been blown out by force-five bureaucrats, their sycophants and their head-embedded media enablers who will insure that it will never get re-ignited".
Meanwhile, it was barely a year ago (Sept. 16, 2004) that The Superdome was used to provide shelter during Hurricane Ivan. How soon they forget. A night in the Superdome: 'This is the best I've eaten in a while'