I watched the first Act last night (or rather most of the first act…I missed the first 15 mins) and for anyone who hasn’t seen it, I have one piece of advice…Watch it this week!
A little background on me. I have been to New Orleans a half a dozen times, had some family who grew up there, and grew up an LSU basketball fan (went to camp there in high school). So, I am biased in that I really love that city.
Also, I was in New Orleans about 6 days after Katrina…before it was open to the public. I got to see a lot of the aftermath myself.
Spike Lee’s film really brought back a lot of memories from that storm. I think as the months pass we kind of forget what happened and to what extent. Katrina was so much worse than 9-11. I really can’t imagine how people who went through that are coping. Imagine losing everything you own, fighting for survival for 5 days wading through sewage and dead bodies and then being shipped off to a new city.
That’s a simplification of what many of those residents went through. The film has amazing and disturbing pictures and video of just how bad things were during that time. This is a timeline of the events. It’s still amazing and shocking that the federal response was so slow. It took them 5 days to really start getting anything done. Anyone who has ever been to New Orleans knew that this was a possibility…so why wasn’t there anything done to prepare on the national level? You have about 130K people who don’t have cars in that city so you know there will be a large population still there.
The federal governments ignorance and incompetence should really scare people because any one of us could find ourselves in a similar situation if a disaster occurs in our city.