posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 09:50 PM
The demographics of New Orleans show that 67.25% of the population is black, and the news coverage of flood victims is overwhelmingly of blacks.
I know from the census report on poverty the other day that 24.7% of black people in America live in poverty, the largest percentage of any racial
group. In that perspective what we are seeing is a reflection of the demographics of the area and the nation.
New Orleans Population
Poverty Rates by Race
America, we need to come together as a people and realize that we are faced with a disaster of biblical proportions on the Gulf Coast right now. This
is bigger than Pearl Harbor, bigger than Mt St. Helens, bigger than any flood ever, bigger even than 9/11. I mean in the scope of the diaster, the
number of lives taken and affected, the size of the area devastated, the amount of infrastructure lost, and the threat posed to our nation as a whole.
Many people are going to be stressed to the breaking point in the days and weeks ahead. There will be an increasing ripple effect felt across the
country. We are especially vulnerable right now, and we need to take steps to respond rapidly and restore vital services to those without basic
One report I heard said it was like the coast of the Gulf of Mexico just up and moved 70 miles inland overnight. There may be more than a million
without homes, jobs, or resources to recover from this tragedy. This is just the beginning of a massive, ongoing relief effort that I'm
sure will last years.
We can pull together and weather this storm, and any that follow (don't forget, hurricaine season is just now peaking) by relying on the spirit that
made this country great, all of us contributing our effort to the common good. We may be down, but don't ever count us out.