Though the immediate responses to the emergency created by Hurricane Katrina compelled Americans to reconsider their previously held conceptions of race and class in America, the slow reconstruction of New Orleans is also evidence of deeply entrenched race and class distinctions. Though the hurricane made landfall in New Orleans in 2005, as of this writing (2112), New Orleans has yet to be fully restored, particularly in those areas which were once inhabited by those initially left behind in the initial evacuation. Although the French Quarter was relatively unscathed, and quickly restored with an influx of money, not all areas had the same fortune, primarily because they were first unlucky, and second, because they are not income generating districts. There are still parts of the city that seem like ghost towns. Houses are boarded up, lots sit vacant and overgrown, and the population is significantly reduced. Many wonder if the people once left behind will ever be able to return. Unfortunately, racism and class distinctions do not only exist in New Orleans. They also exist in the cities to which these poor African-Americans fled. Finding themselves in the same position, no or low paying jobs, many find it impossible to save enough money to return to the place they once called home. Home may have been a small apartment or wood frame house, but it was where they knew their neighbors, had family, and felt a part of the community. As in other times, these basic comforts are denied them because they cannot afford to return and rebuild.
With the election of President Obama in 2008, many New Orleans natives had a renewed hope of returning to a rebuilt city and a new day in America where it concerned racism and class exclusion. That was four years ago and as stated above, many are still waiting. When Obama visited New Orleans on the 5th anniversary of Katrina, he gave an address where he stated that he 'would stand by you until it is done', referring to the rebuilding of New Orleans. However, there have still been no great strides in restoring the low income, predominantly African-American neighborhoods that were basically ignored prior to, during, and now after Hurricane Katrina tore apart New Orleans and forced Americans to admit that there are still significant issues in this country regarding race and class distinctions. These distinctions are the result of long standing, systemic racism which has permeated this country from its beginning and continues to do so today.
Absolutely anyone who tuned their television to the news coverage during and after Katrina had to be stunned by the images which made these issues irrefutable. Unfortunately, it took a hurricane to reveal to many that the Old South is still the Old South.
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The News Media had a dominant position in pulling off the 9/11. The process concerned exposing on TV a supernumerary, computer- produced version of reality. The media had a sense of temporarily succeeding to sell to the world the terrible stories behind the 19 young terrorists who hijacked the plane. On September 11, 2001, did a good job in getting tens of millions of Americans clustered around various television sets, observing the sad terrorist assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the anxious weeks and months that shadowed, the media was shrewd in making sure that the audiences and person who read remembered the attacks and their aftershock again and again on TV and in newsprints and magazines. Throughout hurricane Katrina, numerous agents of the news media reporting on the outcome of Hurricane Katrina turn out to be directly implicated in the developing events, as an option of simply reporting. Due to the conquest of most ways of contact, such as regular and cell phone systems, field reporters in so many different cases became channels for items between sufferers and specialists. On the other hand, numerous journalists also contributed to the level of false rumors of confusion among the victims, which may have been understood as an sample of yellow journalism.
Disaster and Its impact on Children
The September 11, 2001, (9/11) extremist bouts on the U.S. had and still continues to have an tremendous impact on countless people. Nevertheless, more often than not, we only know about the outcome of 9/11 on adults who saw the occurrences. A group of children were also displayed to the dreadful events of 9/11, and it is conceivable that some established signs of PTSD. In actual fact, children may be at predominantly high risk for emerging PTSD signs after a disturbing event, since they may not have formed adequate managing abilities. With that said, it is not alarming that reports really haven't discovered any changes in the degrees of PTSD among children and adults succeeding the 9/11 bomber attacks. Children may be largely susceptible to suffer posttraumatic stress succeeding admission to a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina. They discovered that many children had skilled a countless deal of stress as an outcome of the hurricane. Most had been exiled by the hurricane, had seen their area demolished or impaired, and had lost certain possessions. Given the constraint that these children were displayed to, it makes perfect sense that several of them experienced severe indications of depression and posttraumatic stress. In truth, one particular study found that more than half of the children went through high levels of depression and posttraumatic stress signs.
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