Saw part of Spike Lee’s documentary on Katrina this week. It saddened me greatly but most of all it pissed me the hell off. After more than a year many of the people of New Oreleans have still been largely forgotten and much of the debris is still there. This is disgusting. I lived through Gilbert and I heard about the last hurricane to hit JA. It certainly didn’t take a year to clear up after those hurricanes and Jamaica is a so-called third world country. The only reason New Orleans hasn’t been seen to is because the US government doesn’t think it’s worth doing – not even for good publicity. That is how much the people of New Orleans are regarded. I tell you, it is time for like skinned people to stop seeking to approval and acceptance of those who so clearly have not human or civilised regard for their fellow human beings. We must get serious about building our own community and building and consolidating wealth for our own welfare.
After all those years of civil rights demonstrations and people being killed etc. not much has changed. But we must change the way we think. We must stop asking for a space at the table and build our own instead. I strongly encourage you to see this film – better to buy it too.