Tuesday, September 16, 2008

As Reality Becomes Crystal Clear...

If the existence of global warming is still being debated, it's time to wake up, and begin to move towards natural energy pronto.
If the people devastated by these natural disasters had windmills and solar in their areas, there would at least be enough to maintain several hours of electricity daily for basic survival, and even for indoor gardens in the cases of those who are from the 'lower caste system' and too melinated perhaps to get immediate help from FEMA or the Red Cross.
Pardon my passion if it is coming across as too acidic, but I must flatly say that
if people of color and the world watching these disasters did not learn from what really happened to the people of New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, what is happening to the people of South Houston during Hurricane Ike makes the publicly unspoken caste system in this country crystal clear.

Where's the news coverage???

For those, of any culture that refuse to sit back and allow such imbalances as are seen in the complete lack of response during Hurricane Ike on to the two-headed legal system that doles out imbalanced sentences to the possessors of melinated skin whether they are guilty or not, it is time to create the buzz. It is time to engage others in discussion about this, and brainstorm. It is of course time for action, and less talk. Let the talk be for planning, but let it lead to movement.

The following article prompted this blog response:

Black residents feeling like “Castaways”
Darwin Campbell
LoneStar Power Pages

“No phone, no lights no motor cars, not a single luxury, like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be”

HOUSTON- Houston has a real problem.

Many of its African-American men, women and children are having Katrina nightmares.

Only this time, they are not trapped in the Big Easy, they are trapped on the island called Houston.

It is these set of circumstance affecting thousands of residents who feel they have been left high and dry in dozens of homes and neighborhoods in the south Houston area.

On the dark streets and from house to house, the questions citizens are asking are:

Where’s FEMA? Where’s the help from Houston city officials?

CenterPoint Energy reported it had restored power to 500,000 customers but about 1.6 million are still in the dark.

...In one neighborhood, some elderly residents living in assisted living are without power disabled and without oxygen – The city is yet to respond to their needs.

“This is unacceptable,” he said. “People should not have to live like this.”

Demouchet said waiting on FEMA and contacting them has been frustrating. Hours have been spent on the phone with little to no results. Even more frustrating than having no electricity is the lack of FEMA and Red Cross help stations that could provide a minimum amount of water and ice.

“We decided to pull it together ourselves,” he said. “If our government won’t help us, we decided to cooperate and help ourselves neighbor to neighbor.”

Continue reading here

Many thanks to Eddie Griffin for the information.

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