Take Responsibility (I Swear It)
Take Responsibility. The rest of the world is in the enviable position of getting to choose whether or not they will take responsibility for part of their country. We the people of Louisiana HAVE to throw huge percentages of what we have into rebuilding, because this is our home.
But I have not forgotten the swarms of out-of-state, out-of-country people who come to sow their wild oats here, who used New Orleans as an excuse to do what was already in their hearts--cheat, lie, steal, fornicate--in short, to commit the darkest of betrayals where they hoped no one would ever know.
And rest assured, I am the least of my people. If *I* remember, then it's only the tip of the iceberg of what has been done to this area. An cruel but innocent natural disaster is almost preferable to the way the rest of the world will begrudge hope to the people they have stolen it from with their stupidity and vice. Committed on our doorsteps.
We will pay the price because we have to, and the pitiful thanks we can give those who DO help rebuild can never be enough. We are passionate people, fond of loving and eating. That's why it's so easy to use us--our leaders do, why not anyone else?
If the rest of the world doesn't want to help, that is their own affair. But I will not let these things go unsaid. I WILL NOT be silent forever, in hopelessness. I won't lead a rebellion, but I will shout the truth to the best of my ability until some measure of shame can be put in those hearts of stone who write such blithe crap about Katrina victims.
This is only the beginning of my voice...
*Written in response to The Onion's "Bears Inspire A City Still Reeling From the Great Chicago Fire of 1871"