Katrina a Man-made Disaster: Before, During, and After
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|Hurricane Katrina Takes Aim on the Gulf Coast|
Sometimes I still come to tears as I attempt to sing "Washed Away", the song that wrote me as I sat there ten years ago in Queens, NY, choked with pain and anger, appalled at what was happening -- and trying to comprehend how this could happen in the wealthiest nation on earth.
Made in the U.S.A.
Although Hurricane Katrina, the ferocious vortex that was born over the Atlantic Ocean during the sultry days of late August that year was a "natural" phenomenon, what happened a decade ago was not. It was, from beginning to end, a man-made disaster, a glaring example of the continued institutional racism of the neo-liberal era.
|In line for evacuation buses at the Superdome|
Then, they passed the buck -- or the bucks, rather. Crony Capitalism at it's worst, FEMA privatized New Orlean's Disaster Planning in 2004.
This is all a matter of public record. It's there in black and white.
Those in charge knew.
In fact, just three months before Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Agency responsible for flood control, had issued another warning to the Bush Administration which had not yet acted to implement a flood control plan involving extensive construction they had proposed years earlier.