>When the hurricane struck the Gulf and the floodwaters rose and tore through New Orleans, plunging its remaining population into a carnival of misery, it did not turn the region into a Third World country – as it has been disparagingly implied in the media – it revealed one. It revealed the disaster within the disaster: grueling poverty rose to the surface like a bruise to our skin.
These are the words of Danny Glover, the actor and activist. He sums up what many don’t want to say. That criticising China and India for leaving the countryside behind in the race for wealth has been happening in the States too. That having the highest GDP per capita, the world’s largest economy doesn’t mean they are universally rich but sparingly so. The great capitalist experiment has left so much behind in its wake to crown the Walmarts, Gates and Buffetts.
I fear though, that his words will be lost in the media driven heartache stories of “they have lost everything” and the real story of “they had nothing” will be buried beneath the political blame game, the psuedo patriotism of Bush and the media, nicely intercuts with diversary stories of insurance fraud and murder.
Little will come of this as long as politics seeks to divide race and wealth against each other and the pork barrel continues to curn. Little is to be gained by fighting through the media. Ground-roots movements to get a better deal are needed. Bravery and stamina from weary people are called for.