News media are comparing Hurricane Irene to Hurricane Katrina in ways that allow us to forget that Hurricane Katrina was a humanmade disaster, but in one way, these events are similar – prisoner evacuation. New Orleans officials chose not to evacuate 7,000 inmates, some of whom were trapped in flooded cells and later left on a bridge for… Continue reading New York Prisoners Left in the Path of Hurricane Irene
Category: Hurricane Katrina/ New Orleans
The Magic of New Orleans: Superman, Lucky Charms, and Bible Scriptures
This is the fourth post in a mult-part series on The Magic of New Orleans. Part I: Bon Jovi and Cats; Part 2: Saturday Night on Frenchmen; Part 3: Remarkable People. Los Angeles freeways are jammed with pricey European sports cars alongside beat-up compacts from the 1980s and the latest in hybrid technology. Yellow cabs and black Towncars fill the streets of New… Continue reading The Magic of New Orleans: Superman, Lucky Charms, and Bible Scriptures
The Magic of New Orleans: Remarkable People
There is no way to do justice to “the people” of New Orleans in a blog post, a book, or even a thousand books, and that is not my goal here. Instead, I will introduce a few of the people I have come to love while living and working part of each year in New Orleans since Katrina.
The Magic of New Orleans: Saturday Night on Frenchmen
This is the second post in a mult-part series on New Orleans. Part I: The Magic of New Orleans: Bon Jovi and Cats No place is more entertaining on a Saturday night than the three block stretch of Frenchmen Street that boasts the best live music New Orleans has to offer. Gypsy jazz pours from the doors… Continue reading The Magic of New Orleans: Saturday Night on Frenchmen
The Magic of New Orleans: Bon Jovi and Cats
New Orleans is an amazing city. I had avoided the city before Katrina, despite several road trips that took me through the South. Given my Christian upbringing, I thought of the Crescent City as a sinful place to be avoided, an aversion that lasted longer than my religion. But when Katrina hit, the pull to the Gulf Coast was… Continue reading The Magic of New Orleans: Bon Jovi and Cats
FEMA Adding Insult to Injury with Katrina Victims
FEMA made mistakes in doling out cash to some Katrina victims, and now the agency is trying to get this money back nearly six years after the storm. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/01/fema-to-demand-that-hurri_n_869584.html
Closer to Justice in the Post-Katrina Police Shooting of Danny Brumfield
The Fight for Charity in New Orleans
Health care in New Orleans was in a state of crisis after the city flooded in 2005, and government officials responded by permanently closing Charity Hospital, the largest pre-Katrina medical provider.
The Truths of Katrina
It’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, and the average American knows almost nothing about the atrocities that occurred in New Orleans: political corruption and abuse; disaster profiteering; overt racism; and murder.
Race and the Red River Tragedy
Two things jump out about the Red River incident. First, it fits with a startling statistic that 70% of black children have no or low swimming ability — nearly twice the number of white children. Secondly, nobody is hailing the six teens who lost their lives trying to save their friend/cousin as heros, despite the fact that they jumped in after Warner, risking their lives to save his.