Signature of a Disaster

If stones could speak...

 

 

 

"We have come through what may have been one of the worst weeks in America's history, a week in which government at every level failed the people it was created to serve.

 

There is no purpose for government except to improve the lives of its citizens. Yet as scenes of horror that seemed to be coming from some Third World country flashed before us, official Washington was like a dog watching television. It saw the lights and images, but did not seem to comprehend their meaning or see any link to reality.

 

As the floodwaters rose, local officials in New Orleans ordered the city evacuated. They might as well have told their citizens to fly to the moon. How do you evacuate when you don't have a car? No hint of intelligent design in any of this. This was just survival of the richest."

 

--Bob Sheiffer, FACE THE NATION

 

 

 

 

Yes Amadou this my country

And these my people

 

Evacuated as if criminal

Rescued by neighbors

Shot by soldiers

 

Adamant they belong

 

The rest of the world can now see

What I have seen

 

Do not look away

 

The rest of the world lives here too

In America

 

 

--from Suheir Hammad's "On refuge and language"

 

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Taken on September 9, 2005