Katrina’s Commentaries
By: Teachers College
Published: 2007
Uploaded: 06/19/2017
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: Documents, Teaching The Levees Curriculum Project
Tags: citizenship, curriculum, democracy, hurricane, Katrina, Levees, NOLA

Description/Abstract: As the extent of the flood’s social, economic and political devastation began to be evident in early autumn 2005, strong opinion pieces appeared in publications throughout the country. New Orleans’ home paper, the Times-Picayune, using its NOLA.com Web site to keep publishing after its premises were flooded, addressed an open letter to President Bush on behalf of the Crescent City’s abandoned citizens. Editorial writers and cartoonists elsewhere amplified the theme; talk show hosts and TV comedians vied to ridicule feckless politicians; scathing Katrina comics debuted online. Kanye West’s spontaneous televised remark—”George Bush doesn’t care about Black People”—provoked a torrent of critical and creative response. Meanwhile, New Orleanians still stuck in their drowning city painted anti-FEMA graffiti on sodden walls. Did this second flood—of words, not water—help or hinder? What is the difference between reporting the story and commenting on it?