[URBANTH-L]In the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (responses)

Hogan, Mikel mhogan at Exchange.FULLERTON.EDU
Wed Sep 7 17:30:14 EDT 2005

Hi there, I heard an hour interview with a 79 year old woman, Mrs. Myers, on community radio today. She described the 5 days she spent in the Superdome. In her area, people helped each other to a high degree and she described how "the young people" kept them alive from taking water, juice and ice from grocery stores (called "looting" by the corporate media). She said the Red Cross was not there any of the 5 days she was there. FYI--Mikel Hogan


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Subject: [URBANTH-L]In the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (responses)

From: Kris Olds <olds at geography.wisc.edu>

Interesting comments...

On the local media, and lessons from other disasters, see Eric
Klinenberg's brief article in Slate...



From: Judith Whitehead <whitja01 at uleth.ca>

I didn't mention the heroic individual efforts that Mumbaikers made during
and after the July 26th flood....given the ethnocentric reporting on the
New Orleans' situation, in which people getting necessary food and water
from stores has been reported as 'looting', it made the comparison much
more awkward.  We have not heard much about people helping each other in
New Orleans, perhaps this is a cultural difference that reflects NOrth
AMerican individualism, or the racism of mainstream media, but the way
that people pulled together in Mumbai was unforgettable.  Air India
colony, close to the Kalina campus, rescued 250 people stranded on buses;
hotels in Bandra took in stranded passengers, slumdwellers brought out
biscuits and tea for stranded commuters, etc. etc. etc.

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