Monday, September 12, 2005

Alright, I'm trying to stay away from Katie,


You read something and you start wondering, , ,

By Peter Grier | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON – Rhode Island has more than 100 evacuees in Navy housing. Ohio has 20 in Red Cross shelters, plus almost 2,000 staying with relatives or friends. California has 807 families in hotels, while Massachusetts is putting up some 200 individuals at an old military base on Cape Cod.

States on the edge of the devastated area have larger numbers, of course, with 50,000 in Arkansas and 200,000 in Texan shelters and homes.

Two weeks after it blew through the US Gulf Coast, it's clear that hurricane Katrina has resulted in the largest displacement of Americans in 150 years - if not the largest ever. The scale is monumental. It's as if the entire Dust Bowl migration occurred in 14 days, or the dislocations caused by the Civil War took place on fast-forward.

Many evacuees are putting down roots in new areas and say they'll never return. Others face months of a temporary existence before they can go home. Whatever they do, the nation may never be the same, as a smaller New Orleans rises up from its ruins, and bits of Creole culture are seeded from East coast to West.

What will these people turn into? How will they be remembered 50 years from now?
We have the "Okies"- hard working poor folks displaced by the Dust Bowl
We have the "Carpet Baggers"thievess who came to scam the southerners after the Civil War
We have the "Pikers"- with their questionable ethics spreading throughout the west after the Civil War
We have the "Chinee"- who built the western part of the continental Railroad under virtual slave conditions.

So given the fact that most of the population of N'awlens was brought up on graft, corruption and kick-backs- just to get a good job(if they worked)- how are they going to have us remember them by?
What are we going to call out next , , , ummmm, , , historical blip?

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