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

nanderso nanderso at utk.edu
Fri Sep 9 10:02:58 EDT 2005

Hi all,

What troubles me the most about the Superdome are the rapes. I heard about a 7 
year old girl who was raped by a man. The man was pulled off of her and beaten 
to death by 20 other men. There are a number of other rape stories I have 
heard, this is so sad.  The trauma a person endures from a disaster like a 
hurricane and flood and then to be subjected to this violence. Unfortunately, 
I know first hand what a rape is like and what it does to you.  I also know 
too well the advice the courts gave me. "Carry a cell phone to call the 
police, but remember the response time for the police is slow, you may be dead 
by then."  I am appalled by the idea that order must be restored among "These 
People" - an obvious marking of the Other. What would I have done in this 
situation. Damn straight, I would have stolen any kind of food or drink, 
including meat (recovering vegetarian - fieldwork took me off the vegetarian 
kick). I would fight anyone who threatened me or my family - and any children 
or elderly surrounding me. If warranted, I would shoot anyone who was 
threatening the said party above with rape and/or murder. I am not endorsing 
stopping violence with violence, but when you do not have anyone to advocate 
for your safety then extreme measures must be taken.


>===== Original Message From "Hogan, Mikel" <mhogan at Exchange.FULLERTON.EDU> 
>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
>From: urbanth-l-bounces at lists.ysu.edu on behalf of Angela Jancius
>Sent: Tue 9/6/2005 8:18 PM
>To: urbanth-l at lists.ysu.edu
>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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