Magazine article The Crisis

A Note from the Chair

Magazine article The Crisis

A Note from the Chair

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The Gulf Coast of the United States is once again experiencing an environmental and economic calamity of epic proportions. Just five years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area, wreaking havoc on the lives and livelihood of residents from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Many of the people have just barely begun to recover; and many more, not at all. The fury of Mother Nature; and the bumbling, almost uncaring response of our then National Leadership exacerbated the tragic impact on the citizenry of the region, most of whom African Americans were the hardest hit.

The current Gulf crisis, the British Petroleum underwater oil gusher, is purely a manmade environmental disaster. The dire consequences for the sea life and human life for years to come is beyond calculation. The toxic oil is already tainting and killing the shrimp, oysters and other fish; the dolphins, and even a whale; as well as the coastal birds.

The impact on the people is equally as toxic to their health and economic well being. The tragedy is compounded by the lack of candor and pure arrogance of the BP officials. Their testimony before the recent Congressional Hearing was disingenuous, and just plain rude and disrespectful.

Yet, the pundits have tried to push the responsibility for this horrific event on to President Obama as if he caused the careless disregard and shoddy work of the BP drilling operation. He has visited the Region no less than three times and has chastised the BP operation for their failure to take appropriate precautions. …

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