Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New Orleans Yartzeit (Year Two)

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Two years ago today Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans.

Let us remember, again, our fellow citizens who died because of that.

Let us remember our historic city of New Orleans -- still abandoned by its government, the collective agent of its people. Still abandoned, therefore, by us.

And let us remember, once again, that while it was the storm that struck the blow, it was our government that left it half-dead by the side of the road -- saw it and passed by on the other side; and it was our government that had so weakened its defenses that a storm could take it from us.

It was our government -- which means that, in some very real sense, it was us. We did this. And we have still not made it right.

In addition to the dead to remember, there are living victims to help. There is a city to rebuild.

There are debts to pay.

For the dead: rest in peace.

For the living: Remember:

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