It is best to avoid the cheap and easy answer: "Because masses of people, mostly Black, were seen in dire straits at the New Orleans Convention Center and SuperDome" - while today mostly White people are being flooded. GO TO "STUFF BLACK PEOPLE DON'T LIKE" for such a simple analysis.
The more accurate answer is: TODAY'S LACK OF NATIONAL INTEREST IN A REGIONAL STORY IS 'PAR FOR THE COURSE'.
Floods, Hurricanes and Wild Fires happen all of the time in America. Rarely is there a national mobilization.
It is more logical to look at the EXCEPTIONAL EVENTS and do a more indepth analysis.
On the face - "Hurricane Katrina" - the reference standard of massive disasters with mass casualties, botched government response and national mobilization is indeed unique. With a death toll of over 1,800, thousands of people stranded and a major American city destroyed - the "optics" surely are different.
The truth is, that while people make New Orleans synonymous with "Hurricane Katrina" this super storm battered Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and other parts of Louisiana.
One could argue that the same impacted areas that resided outside of New Orleans during Katrina were ignored back then, just as they are today.
To be clear this is not directly a "racial" issue because - as with so many other Southern states: BLACKS (and Hispanics) live in nearly every county all over the state. Surely we have seen pictures of Black people's houses flooded out in these present circumstances.
So again - #1 is "A Concentrated Area Where A Concentrated Group Of People Were In Crisis"
#2 Is POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM.
Take a look at the messages attached to the Kirstie Aley story above.
First of all, Aley is a supporter of Republican Donald Trump. In the religion of America - POLITICS - those who break ranks from their party line and criticize "The God On The Throne" - by focusing on the underlying and more important HUMANITARIAN issues that the people are suffering from get shunned by their congregation members. For Kirstie Aley - any heartfelt concern that she has for the people gets lost because she brought politics into the picture.
While I believe that it is fair game to make note of flooding in the same general region as "Katrina" and then note the different sense of urgency generated by the media and the activists upon the government and its response - it is unhealthy to do a bake off between President's UNLESS your real goal is POLITICS.
What most people fail to realize is that the SAME PRESIDENTIAL LOGISTICAL SYSTEM that told President Obama that there is presently a limited set of safe areas for the President to make a visit to - IS THE SAME SYSTEM that told Bush to come back after the fact.
The same spirit that wanted to slime Bush for a failed Federal response BECAUSE there were thousands of 'Black faces' is the same spirit who seek to run a protection racket for Obama.
I am reminded of "Hurricane Sandy" in which a blog of "Black Progressive Political Harlots" lead the cheerleading efforts for President Obama, claiming that his response was a 'textbook success'. Yet as they expressed pleasure in the President and fended off all Republican criticism of him - NOT ONE STORY was cast about the PEOPLE who were impacted by the storm on the East Coast, some still struggling today - years later.
I have no control over the HEARTS of people.
Those who use POLITICAL OPPORTUNISTIC INDICTMENTS against their enemies and run a PROTECTION RACKET FOR THEIR FRIENDS IN POWER - are not practicing GOVERNANCE, they are only FRAUDS.
In their mode of popularist government, they require people to yield their own 'Sovereign Intellect' and permanent interests by always focusing on how it will HARM or BENEFIT "The Team".
Yet when THEIR TEAM is in total power, the enemy in check, the two things that you can be sure of is:
- NATURAL DISASTERS ARE GOING TO OCCUR because "Mother Nature" doesn't GIVE A DAMN about MAN MADE POLITICS or POLITICAL BOUNDRIES
- The Law Of ECONOMIC SCARCITY - will prove true beyond RESOURCES AND LOGISTICS to rectify a crisis and will be seen in the HEARTS AND MINDS OF CORRUPT MEN. They will be able to spread their 'B.S.' across all who bought into their narratives and will be forced to PARTITION THE SPOILS OF GOVERNMENT in a manner that was just like the OLD COLONIZERS they took down.