It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
God bless the good people of Nashville. THIS story deserves a national piece on 60 Minutes or Oprah Winfrey. The incredible devastation and the fact that you've taken care of it on your own is a testament to the character of Music City. Keep on keeping on. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Originally posted by Danbones
You know that was an oddly inspiring Vid...
.....Anyhow, thanks for that OT. It meant something to me.
Originally posted by rusethorcain
Well, I think you are way off the mark with this. ....
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
These kinds of threads always suck for me because my label fell when I was born, so I don't know who I am until someone reminds me. Usually here lately
Originally posted by MrSpad
Are you trying to compare the flooding in Nashville to Katrina? Because that would be like compairing apples to oranges. ....
However, a flood of much greater brutality has devastated another southern city as of late, and yet the media is curiously absent from covering this remorseless act of nature. Oddly, incidents of rioting, looting, murdering and congregating inside a sports arena are noticeably absent from the news emanating out of Nashville.
Instead, citizens working together for the common good of overcome nature’s tragic indifference are all that seems to be transpiring. No “We are the World” telethons are being conducted to raise needed funds to combat the emotionless water that rises in Nashville, flooding such landmarks as the Grand Ole Opry.
Black people in others city paying attention to the flood in Nashville can only look on with utter horror at the dignity and civility in which the citizens of that town go about helping one another out to battle the forces of nature, without demanding governmental aid. The home of country music, Toby Keith has yet to get on national TV and state that “Barack Obama doesn’t care about white people.”
Instead, citizens of Nashville fight the flood themselves and in the process illustrate that the thesis of the book Bowling Alone is grossly inaccurate. Whitopia’s still possess the ability to maintain a culture that breeds commonality and trust among their citizenry.
Indeed, it is times of trouble and anguish that neighbors showcase their true colors either pulling together to overcome obstacles that could endanger a fellow citizen or engaging in behavior more akin to anarchy. An odd correlation between the number of white people present in a city or country (think Chile) and the response to the natural disaster is appearing. Conversely, the amount of Black people and the exacerbation of a natural disaster only ensure the complete ruination of that city (New Orleans) or nation (Haiti).
In the case of the latter, millions upon millions of dollars will be collected through private philanthropy to help rebuild what was already broken – Haiti was a mess prior to the quake, New Orleans was the most dangerous city in America before 2005 and recently reclaimed that title though its Black population had been dispersed throughout the south – while Nashville will be left to rebuild by the citizens of that city alone.
One writer for Newsweek stated the flood in Nashville didn’t provide a strong enough “narrative” to warrant massive news coverage, despite writing that the flood could end up being one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history a mere paragraph before:
As you may have heard, torrential downpours in the southeast flooded the Tennessee capital of Nashville over the weekend, lifting the Cumberland River 13 feet above flood stage, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, and killing more than 30 people. It could wind up being one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history.
Or, on second thought, maybe you didn’t hear. With two other “disasters” dominating the headlines—the Times Square bombing attempt and the Gulf oil spill—the national media seems to largely to have ignored the plight of Music City since the flood waters began inundating its streets on Sunday. A cursory Google News search shows 8,390 hits for “Times Square bomb” and 13,800 for “BP oil spill.” “Nashville flood,” on the other hand, returns only 2,430 results—many of them local. As Betsy Phillips of the Nashville Scene writes, “it was mind-boggling to flip by CNN, MSNBC, and FOX on Sunday afternoon and see not one station even occasionally bringing their viewers footage of the flood, news of our people dying.”
So why the cold shoulder? I see two main reasons. First, the modern media may be more multifarious than ever, but they’re also remarkably monomaniacal. In a climate where chatter is constant and ubiquitous, newsworthiness now seems to be determined less by what’s most important than by what all those other media outlets are talking about the most.
“If it wasn’t for individuals saying, ‘I’ll help,’ we’d be in a bad situation,” East Nashville Councilman Jamie Hollin said. “I’m not sure what government infrastructure support we’ve received, if any. The reason East Nashville has done so well is because of its volunteers stepping up to the plate and taking ownership of this situation.”
Originally posted by MrSpad
Are you trying to compare the flooding in Nashville to Katrina? ....
Originally posted by gotredeemed
Nashville should've had more attention. ....
Originally posted by Miraj
reply to post by OldThinker
I just am not even sure what you are ranting about.
Your post is hardly coherent.
Originally posted by 12GaugePermissionSlip
reply to post by OldThinker
Did it really take you three months to come up with this thread? That seems like an awful long time for the result.
And what is this part about the 3:23 mark? All I saw was a "Joe Knows Crab" restaurant. Is this a clue to the evils of liberalism? Crabs?