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March 01, 2009


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Nicole, thank you for this post. I am so glad that your parents got out safely.

As you say, the story of Katrina has enormous implications for our country and its history. Imagine what would have happened if Katrina had hit, say, Long Island or Connecticut - whose populations are largely affluent, largely white. I strongly believe there would have been a far different, more effective, more passionate response than the one to the people of the Gulf Coast. As Jimmy Carter pointed out, the fact that the people in Superdome and on the roofs of the houses were overwhelmingly poor and black was no accident. That's why posts like this are so important. Thank you.

This is a moving post, Nicole. It's strange because we get a lot of images now of what seems to be a healthy or "recovered" New Orleans. There are features in the news on restaurants, and parts of the city that seem fine. This all seems like a worthy attempt to encourage tourism and to show the world that New Orleans still has its luster. But at the same time, you give us a completely different picture. Where are your parents now? Do you think the Guard should still be there? And what is our new administration doing? Thanks.

Nicole, this is so important, thank you for writing this. Constantly I meet people who seem puzzled when I refer to the ongoing devastation of large portions of New Orleans ("Isn't that all cleaned up by now?"). As you and I know, the catastrophe is ongoing, and our government still hasn't stepped up in defense of the many thousand who lost their homes and livelihood. Thank you for continuing to put the word out.

Thank you for this very moving post. Looking forward to your week.

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