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Hurricane Katrina Six Years Later: The Truth Behind the Hype. Part 2

… Continued from Part 1

Third. The people that suffered in the city were only poor blacks. This was encouraged of course by the news media who always like to focus on the disadvantaged and the underdog simply because it makes for conflict and drama. Good television.

And then there are people like the Spike Lee director of the documentary  When the Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts who have their own agenda. Although I thought the documentary was otherwise excellent it was one-sided as most of the story was told from the black perspective. A lot of white people suffered too and lost homes and had vast swaths of neighborhoods flooded. Many whites were displaced as well.

In New Orleans everybody suffered in one form or another.

Fourth. New Orleans is not worth spending the money to rebuild. This is the one that gets me the most. Most people don’t realize that New Orleans is the birthplace of what we would consider American culture.

This is the birthplace of Jazz, the greatest cultural gift that America gave to the world. This music gave rise to Rock and Roll and other cultural art forms. Our foodways are unique as well, a true melting pot of Western old world culture mixed with the new world.

People come from all over the planet to eat here. Our neighborhood restaurants are not Denny’s or McDonalds but little hole-in-the-wall places that serve delicious New Orleans food at rock bottom prices.

In fact, in New Orleans we still have a true culture. People live in houses and neighborhoods over 100 years old, some 200. Where most of the country has lost their connection to the past and ripped up cities and neighborhoods in the name of progress we not only maintain our houses and neighborhoods we celebrate them and hold fast to our culture and traditions. Why? Because it makes us happy. Because it gives us a sense of belonging, a sense of family, a sense of community and a sense of purpose.

Yes, New Orleans has its problems like any city and we’re working on them. Katrina, which comes from the root word for “cleansing”, has exposed a lot that was wrong with the city and what we will no longer tolerate. It has made people more socially and politically active. It has shown people that when we work together for a common purpose amazing and wonderful things can happen.

That is happening now in the city and it’s a great and exciting time to live here, common misconceptions notwithstanding.

 

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