[Vision2020] Disaster Response

keely emerinemix kjajmix1 at msn.com
Tue Sep 6 12:23:45 PDT 2005

Know what's sad?  That a lot of people will be more offended by Melynda's 
use of the word "fuck" than will be by the callousness of the comments that 
inspired it.

keely emerine  mix

From: Melynda Huskey <melyndahuskey at earthlink.net>
Reply-To: Melynda Huskey <melyndahuskey at earthlink.net>
To: vision2020 at moscow.com
Subject: [Vision2020] Disaster Response
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 12:10:39 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

I'm often floored by what I read on Vision 2020--I think we all must be, 
from time to time, regardless of our political/religious/philosophical 

Today, though, I just have to say, and I'm choosing these words carefully:

What the fuck is the matter with people?

Pat, do you really, really think that the people of New Orleans are dying of 
thirst because they were too lazy or too stupid (or maybe too black, which 
is what your admittedly obscure reference to the Civil War seems to imply) 
to fill milk jugs with water?

And although it's not fair to hold Jeff Harkins accountable for words he 
didn't intend me to see, is it a failure of "self-reliance" on the part of 
Gulf Coast residents which is killing them now?

Can anyone seriously be saying to him- or herself, "Well, the official death 
toll is 58, and we'll just hope it doesn't rise"?

Or, "Well, they chose to live in a coastal city, so of course they deserve 
to drown, die of thirst, or watch their children perish in agony."

Please think about what you're saying.  Please.

These are real people, and they are suffering and dying.  They have lost 
everything they had in the world.  Please take two minutes to imagine 
yourself in the situation of any of these wretched people:  imagine just for 
a moment that your own house is filling with filthy, contaminated water, 
that you have no way to contact anyone for help, nowhere to go.  No food, no 
water, no medicine, no shelter.  Dead bodies floating past you.

The only personal responsibility which ought to concern us fortunate ones in 
this situation is our personal responsibility to help those who are in 

Melynda Huskey

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