Apr 01 2010

‘It’s Tough to Be Haitian, Isn’t It?’

In quake coverage, nation’s poverty is ‘bad luck’

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/waterdotorg

One of the most striking images from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was of poor New Orleans residents crowded together outside that city’s convention center, days after the storm had subsided, chanting, “We want help!” It was a scene that shocked viewers and reporters alike, who had not realized that a major U.S. city could be home to so many people who lacked the economic means even to flee in the face of oncoming danger—though the promised national conversation about poverty that was supposed to result never really arrived (Extra!, 7-8/06). Such images couldn’t help but come to mind in […]