Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Generosity

Katrina has made me very aware of how much we all need the care and generosity of others. Obviously ineptitude and gross stupidity have blunted that gift for hundreds of thousands in the wake of the storm. I am wierdly grateful for Barbara Bush's comment in the Astrodome to the effect that the evacuees were ok and, besides, they were underprivileged already. Unwittingly she opened a window into the very attitude that beset all government, on all levels, including her own son and family. But much more. It all combines to say so much about the way in which we view poor and black people all the time. We are seeing the unfolding of enormous loss but we are, at the same time, looking in the mirror and seeing what others see when they look at us.