Friday, March 02, 2007

(About The Video Below) New Orleans: Big Easy to Big Empty

Some people have asked me about why I haven't blogged very much about New Orleans since the hurricane. The main reason is that it has simply been too painful for me to write about it. It's not that I don't have anything to say. Over the past year and a half, I have struggled to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Imagine living in a place where the entire population is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. That is what life is like in southeastern Louisiana now. I'm not going to write a lot in this post because I really want the focus to be on this video and I hope that anyone who can do so will take the time to watch it.
So many of the reporters sensationalists that came through here during the one year anniversary of Katrina didn't even attempt to discuss why all of this happened. It reminds me of what happened when Princess Diana's body was lying on the ground as she gasped her last breath and the paparazzi fought amongst themselves trying to get the best close-up shots of it all. They didn't come here to help us. They came to gape at the skeletons of what used to be a thriving, industrious city.
On the one year anniversary of the hurricane, The German and I went to see how things were looking in my great aunt's neighborhood down in the Lower Ninth Ward but we couldn't even drive down some of the streets because the news crews had blocked off entire areas as they searched for the most devastated ruins to use as backdrops. I was absolutely furious and there was nothing I could do about it then but maybe I can do something now by sharing this with whomever will look at it. Greg Palast tells what happened and is still happening in my beloved city of New Orleans. Below this, you'll find a summary of the video you're about to watch.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------August 29th, 2006 marked the one year anniversary of the devastation in New Orleans caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This Special Report brings you exclusive footage and the stories you won't hear on the other networks--the hidden political agendas and the suppressed eyewitness reports. Includes on-the-spot reporting from independent journalist Greg Palast.
In this half-hour film, Greg Palast and his team travel to New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast last year. On his visit, he discovers that the population of New Orleans is miniscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates are climbing, and many have not, nor know how to, return to the city that care forgot. He examines why residents had to leave, what really caused the flood and why they aren't returning.
Bonus Features Include: Tomorrow's New Orleans - Whose City Will it Be? A half-hour conversation with Amy Goodman and Greg Palast where they sit down to discuss who is accountable for the ongoing disastrous situation in New Orleans.

1 comment:

Mr. Melpomene said...

An interesting blog. Well written.