The Japan Earthquake vs. America’s Katrina
One could clearly see the difference between the disruption that the earthquake caused in Japan, and the disruption of America’s Hurricane Katrina. The Japanese people, however, responded to their situation totally diferrent from the Katrina crowd. They were well organized, peaceful and quiet, and they showed a great deal of civility. There was not any violence or looting. The Japanese people were totally civilized. They showed kindness to one another, and, I did not see Japanese men running around beating up folks and acting like a bunch of fools, as was reported by the media, during Hurricane Katrina. Now quite naturally, some would argue that the mass media only showed the negative aspects of Katrina, so that they could make blacks look bad. I do not believe this, for two major reasons. First, I had several Katrina survivals in my American Government and Texas Politics courses, and, many of them were eyewitnesses to a great deal of atrocities that took place, and, they shared some of those horror stories with their fellow classmates. Secondly, I remember the earthquake that took place in Haiti, back in 2010, I both observed and heard reports about black Haitians, running around fighting, looting, raping, and killing, and this was not just the American mass media, reporting such actions, but other nations were reporting the same thing as well. The question that I would like to raise is, ” why can’t people of African descent, come together, in true brother and sisterhood, and act like civilized mature adults, and not like a bunch of wild hyenas ” ? It was a shame how many black Americans and Haitians, carried on, during these two major diasters. Their actions were similar to that of a pack of wolves. The Katrina and Haiti occurrences showed just how savage several of these individuals were. They acted like a bunch of laughing hyenas, running through the jungles of Africa, or like a bunch of chickens running around with their heads cut off. Yes, I am very much aware, that their are several intellectuals and scholars, who will make excuses for such ungodly behaviors and actions. But when will all of the excuses stop? Excuses, excuses, this is all I hear, people making excuses for not doing what needs to be done. Yes, I am also aware that there was a class factor in the equation. I know for example, that blacks who are highly educated and possess a little wealth, do not act like blacks who are uneducated or who are under-educated. Educated and wealthy blacks, for example, would have dealt with the situation in a total different manner, than blacks who were in Katrina and those who experienced the earthquake in Haiti. One thing that I have constantly observed in every metropolitan area in which I have lived, and that is, how educated upper class blacks, keep their neighborhoods much nicer, than blacks who are uneducated, and who are apart of the unskilled working class. When I would ride through lower class black neighborhoods, folks would be hanging out playing dominos, and loud music would be blasting all over the place. I saw the same thing in poor white, Asian, and Hispanic communities. But quite naturally the music would be different. No, I am not saying that upper class blacks are better individuals than lower class or uneducated African Americans, because that would be ludicrous. The point I am making here is that, the vast majority of people, that many of us observed in the mass media, during the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the earthquake in Haiti, were not the educated or wealthy African Americans or Haitians. They were the poor and the uneducated, and the poor and uneducated are pretty much the same in every racial group, except for a very few instances. World leaders and others must understand, that blacks are not a monolithic group of people, and they are just as diverse as any other racial or ethnic group, within our world.
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