Hurricane Devastation and Racism In Relief

It’s hurricane season.  Boy is it ever.

And, we’re not just talking about Donald Trump and what he’s up to.

In the last two weeks we saw the devastation wrought on Houston by Hurricane Harvey.  Then, as if that wasn’t sufficiently scary, Hurricane Irma blew through the Caribbean and into Florida wreaking havoc.  Trailed by a slightly weaker Hurricane José, which now sits poised in the Atlantic.

All in all, Mother Nature seems to want our attention.

No one knows what the ultimate costs will be of these hurricanes.  Billions, no doubt.  Not to mention the emotional and psychic costs to those directly affected by the hurricanes in terms of loss of loved ones (including family pets), injury, loss of property, and displacement from home and work.

Fortunately (and we mean “fortunately” as a relative term here), those in the United States who have suffered will get aid and relief from the considerable resources of the federal government.  This is not to say that things will be easy or that there will not be significant disruption.  Nor is this to say that people will ever be fully made whole.  But, the United States has vast resources upon which it can draw to address these catastrophes.

But, what of the people of the various islands of the Caribbean devastated by these hurricanes?  Some of these island nations and colonies of the United States (U.S. Virgina Islands) and France (St. Barthelemy) were already hurting economically, barely holding their own.  Now, those problems have been compounded by the destructive power of a Category 5 storm.  Will they be able to rebuild and repair to their former selves?

Now, none of this has anything to do with race, which is generally the issue of concern to we here at Multiracial Media.


Except, we note that the islands visited by Hurricane Irma are populated by and large by persons of color.  And, if there’s one thing history has taught us, it’s that populations of color often tend to get the raw end of the deal when relief and resources are being parceled out.

Will this phenomenon once again play out now, in the wake of these hurricanes? It is too soon to tell.  But, we at Multiracial Media encourage you to raise your voice to prevent this from happening.  Whether you have friends or family in the areas affected by the hurricanes, we encourage you to donate to relief efforts and to communicate with your elected officials to express your view that all who have been affected and harmed get the relief they need.

And, in the meantime, we wish you the very best and hope that you will never suffer from disaster the way so many of our fellow humans have these past two weeks.

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