The story that will emerge from the aftermath of Katrina and the abysmal relief effort of the government includes poor black and white folk. The numbers of poor white folk in and around New Orleans are not known - and the images in New Orleans are mostly of black folk...the images of Mississippi and Alabama are mostly of white folk. These depictions are not accurate and are misleading. Still, the number of poor white Americans unable to rely on their government is significant.
What of the consequences? Will this energize and galvanize white separatist movements who have stridently rejected the increase of government powers through the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act? Will this energize coalition builders across 'racial' lines to collaborate on innovative strategies to assist our poorest citizens. Will Katrina serve as a referendum on Republican lip service to national interests?
If Slick Willie can be impeached for a 'lil knob-slob, wither Bush of the fabricated war and the unnatural disaster that is Mike Brown and FEMA? Can white America, which has distinguished itself from its government in many significant respects during this crisis, stay in the mix long enough to sustain this moral imperative? Can the fat American middle class, of all races, stay in the mix long enough to lose some WEIGHT and gain some heart? How long will the love abide? How long before we go back to assuming the worst before giving our best? How much could we achieve is we judged after the fact - not before the finale?
The limitations of government accountability must be painfully clear to most Americans now. Certainly, those affiliated with the victims at Ruby Ridge are as aware of this as the progeny of the BLA and AIM. And those in the middle recognize that from health care to rising oil prices to corporate pardons for fleecing retirement funds, the government is little more than a kakistocracy.
Will the American people claim the revolution - through the ballot or otherwise - that is the inherent right of the citizenry? Will they follow their heart or fall into the trap of the paradox of prejudice?