Most people will jump to one of two conclusions to explain the glaring lack of response to Maria. All those Puerto Rican residents, though legal citizens of this country, lack a voting representative in Congress and play no role in the electoral college.
And right now, when one party controls all of the government and has little incentive to turn an inward eye on a catastrophic failure of policy and management, we are granted a glimpse at both the gaps in the system and the rot at its heart.
On August 19,Hurricane Camille ravaged the Mississippi coastline with record-setting intensity. It made seven landfalls in six different countries before coming ashore near Biloxi, Mississippi, on September Parts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama endured 8- to foot storm surges, torrential rains, and multiple tornados; however, due to advance warning and well-executed evacuation plans, the death toll from Hurricane Georges is low.
No, Congress and the executive branch and much of the U. But there was also a glaring difference: In the wake of all that Puerto Rico trauma, the government has done. As devastating as those storms were, elected officials seem hell-bent on simply returning to the status quo, damn the climate change-powered torpedos.
The Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record. There is nothing to gain from the hearings we saw in and In fact, it was up to the local government in Puerto Rico to commission a study of what really happened in the aftermath of Maria.
Racism, statehood, incompetence—Hurricane Maria offered up a buffet of options for failure, all leading to a tepid, disgraceful response and nearly three thousand dead Americans. That surely played a role; it has been carefully, easily, and continuously documented, since Trump descended his gilded escalator or even before, when he spent five years on his birther crusade, just how racist the current White House is.
A second explanation might be the more popular at the moment: Just as President George W.
Outside of Congress, the trend continues. There is no select committee for Maria, but nor is there for Harvey or Irma. Indeed, the Houston city council only barely passed a measure in April designed to restrict building in the very places—absurd, untenable places—that Harvey inundated, a result one could imagine might have been easier to obtain with the full shadow of the federal government looming nearby.
Much scholarship already exists about the increasing partisanship seen in Washington, but hurricanes may offer one of the better avenues to examine some direct effects. Even if race had nothing to do with it, would anyone paying attention to our politics these days be shocked if elected officials almost entirely ignored a bloc that could not actually elect them?
Despite being only a category 2 hurricane, the impact of Georges was felt throughout the gulf region. Instead, only the feeble breath of a government apparently comfortable abdicating any responsibility to govern.
One would be, to extend an idea offered by Kanye Westthat the government does not care about black and brown people.
New Orleans States, September 22, Racism, statehood, incompetence—Hurricane Maria offered up a buffet of options for failure, all leading toward a tepid, disgraceful response and nearly three thousand dead Americans.
A direct hit, the category 3 hurricane flooded Metairie and other areas near the 17th Street Canal. There has been almost no Congressional oversight of the response from FEMA, or any other federal agency, or the executive branch.
Flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward reached the eaves of several homes and over the roofs of others. A Congressional Research Service report noted six different pieces of legislation that contained reforms to emergency management and response.
Hurricane Georges was the second major hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. Even as cleanup efforts were underway, the U. Since the turn of the twentieth century, several notable storms have hit the region, bringing death and destruction to countless coastal communities.
A category 4 storm, the Galveston Hurricane arrived with little warning and beat the city with over mph sustained winds until late into the night, killing over residents, and leveling 12 city blocks. The government has, in a very real sense, turned away from governing. The deadliest hurricane in U.In this introduction, I briefly compare anthropological notice of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in to that of the more powerful Hurricane Camille in and note pertinent developments in the intervening 36 years, especially the emergence of an anthropological specialty in the study of natural.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush returned to New Orleans to deliver a speech at Warren Easton High School. Along with an educational roundtable at the school. Dec 09, · There's so much that could be commented on today -- Blanco's reversal in support of levee board consolidation (welcome, if belated and very half-assed), the Bush administration's refusal to help Entergy's bankrupt Louisiana subsidiary (passing the cost of reconstruction on to ratepayers) despite the fact that it helped New York's utility afterthe New Orleans.
In comparison with New Orleans and Louisiana residents overall, disproportionate numbers of this group were African American, had low incomes, and had no health insurance coverage. from the American Public Health Association (APHA) Experiences of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in Houston Shelters: Implications for Future Planning.
Since Hurricane Katrina, much of her work at the DSCEJ has focused on research, policy, outreach, assistance and education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans. She has been an advocate of the safe return of residents, addressing the critical issues of health and environmental restoration and monitoring fairness as it.
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