Five years ago, I was on my way to college. I was so happy, getting away from mom and dad. Becoming my own woman, then Katrina struck, and a nerve was hit. Never in my life had I seen something so devastating happen in America. Being a New Yorker, 911 was one of the most fearful times in my life. I was just across the bridge when it happened, had just got to school. Yet Katrina was a storm, something that happens all the time. Hurricanes are natural seasonal occurrences but this storm was like an angry woman who wanted nothing more than vengeance, and her wrath was felt. The government did nothing for days, and people didn’t really understand how bad it was. Someone spoke out about devastation in his documentary When the Levees Broke. Spike Lee decided to give us another dose of reality in his new documentary If God is Willing and The Creek Don’t Rise.
After watching it I cried, only because five years after Katrina and New Orleans looks like Haiti in some parts. Begs me to wonder whats so different between us and them. Listening to the actors some of who were apart of When the Levees Broke, others are new, rehash the sad events of Katrina, and talk about how not much has changed is amazing. The Gulf Oil Spill by the negligent BP is making me look further into New Orleans. Especially because if this can happen there, it can happen anywhere. With politicians, news commentators, civilians, and law officials you hear about a New Orleans that’s is one of crime, failure, deception, and just down right stupidity.
I watched people who I liked at one time, and people I still dislike speak about New Orleans, talking about the school system which is failing there like it is failing everywhere. The police brutality that as a New Yorker, I am so familiar with that I had to laugh. The black on black crime that never seems disappear no matter where you go, and the racism that even in the toughest times will always be around. I watched and listen about the children killing, dropping out of schools, going to jail. I watched and listened about the cops who killed and tried to cover it up. I listened to politicians blame someone else, and I watched the oil spill flow into the gulf for 90 days. And I cried.
Watching documentaries can be boring but so informative. Watching Brad Pitt who I just recently learned was building homes in New Orleans talk about the death penalty made me love him again. This movie, film documentary was not bias because Spike Lee created it. It was honest, and well thought out. Covered all aspects of the people who have been affected by this disaster. I would urge all people watch it and help out anyway they can. Be apart of the solution not the problem.