Brother OMI has written about it. The Professor Amardeep Singh added his wisdom to the topic. Diva Saffron, Diva Chai, Diva Saurav (he said I could call him that), Mr. Bomani Jones, and Sir Bernie also featured prominent weblog posts about Hurricane Katrina. And I'm happy to finally see a hip-hop artist speaking some political truths regarding this catastrophe.
For once, I am left speechless and horrified by the photos flashing across CNN or BBC whenever I'm near a television. I couldn't believe the devastation wrecked by Mother Nature. Unfortunately, I could believe that the U.S. government would ignore the poor people stuck for various reasons in New Orleans.
I won't pontificate on the matter of race because I think it is a mute point. I truly believe that America doesn't give a shit about poor people, especially poor Black people, even when they sign up to fight its wars (Please note I'm currently traveling in Vietnam.).
I'm going to allow Sir Bernie to speak for me with his 'People Helping People' post. I'm also going to pray for the victims and survivors of Hurricane Katrina and give a donation.
I really wish we all could understand how connected we are. As I travel around Southeast Asia, I've seen so many people in various countries who look like or have energy that remind me of my family and friends from in the U.S. and Japan.
I was in the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon doing some exploration and shopping. I went to the pharmacy looking for shampoo (don't ask). A Vietnamese woman came up to me and started pointing at me and speaking. 'Same, same,' she said. 'Huh?', I replied. Then she put took my arm and held it next to her arm while a small crowd slowly formed around us. 'Same, same,' she repeated and smiled.
The truth is that we share so much more than earth-colored skin. We are all human beings who love, hurt, laugh and cry. It is a shame that we don't fully realize that.