Posts tagged "Katrina"

Light For the Dark City?

“This is indeed a dark city and we’re bringing the light. You know wherever soldiers go, there goes the word of God.” By Elizabeth Rich Discussion of the National Guard’s clean-up and marshalling of law in New Orleans has included stories both uplifting and maddening: their late arrival on the scene, but also their subsequent...

Other New Orleans

New Orleans may be a city “where old-time religion and voodoo converge,” as the NYT’s Michael Brick puts it, but so far the Katrina coverage — heavy on prayers and spiritual healing — has been weighted to the first side of the equation. The Revealer‘s pagan friends — ok, critics — write us to point...

Katrina Coverage Brown-Out

White “finds.” Black “loots.” Brown hides beneath church pews. Too bad the press isn’t looking. By Marissa Kantor Mainstream media and most liberal-minded Americans are blaming the Bush administration’s failure to manage Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on racism, that word that has been itching under our skin for decades. The focus is on “racism,”...

Lights Out

New Orleans: Let there be light! Or not.

Teaching a Disaster

The Revealer has very rarely received as much mail as we did in response to Anthea Butler‘s response to Katrina, “As Sheep Without a Shepherd.” Some it angry about Anthea’s anger — “unAmerican,” writes Ann Meili — but most of it grateful to Anthea for giving voice to a widespread sense of rage from the...

Loot This

Billy Sothern: “I hope that in the event that my house is still standing and above water, someone has the good sense to loot it; there are 20 gallons of bottled water in the kitchen, some food in the cupboard and a bunch of old Atlantic Records LPs and CDs with the great rhythm and...

As Sheep Without a Shepherd

CNN has presented the boldest critique yet of the New Orleans rescue effort, a five minute interview with a calm, articulate man trapped in the Superdome, who calls what’s happening now “Modern Day Genocide.”. The rest of the mainstream press is stepping timidly toward similiar analyses, even as they adopt a tone familiar from decades...

“The Rest of the Goddamn Nation”

Those aren’t the words of a starving prisoner of the New Orleans Superdome, radicalized by the realization that he or she may well die for lack of a school bus. They’re the words of Col. Terry Ebert, director of Homeland Security for New Orleans. FEMA’s response — or lack thereof — he told The New...