When Katrina hit, I was in the process of moving. At that time, I did not have television or internet. The only knowledge I had was from calling my mother back home, and she informed me about the great force hitting the Gulf. Because I didn?t have access to media outlets at the time of the storm, I missed a great deal of the coverage. It wasn?t until I watched Spike Lee?s documentary that I saw images of the destruction at length.
Within the sea of disparity shown on film, one story stuck out to me. There was a man discussing the experiences of him and his elderly mother during Katrina. He spoke of the sweltering heat, a factor that hadn?t even crossed my mind, and how it became too much for his mother. I can?t imagine being with my mom, having her pass away right next to me, and having to leave her with a note saying who she was and how to contact me. When I think of the casualties during a storm like Katrina, I always think about people drowning or becoming stuck in their houses. This documentary showed me how others can be affected if they are sickly or elderly.
Last week, I watched Monday Night Football, and it?s triumphant return to the city of New Orleans. I found the story of Atlanta Falcons? running back Warrick Dunn?s challenge to the players of the NFL very interesting. Dunn dared every player to donate $5,000 of their salary to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. If every player did this, it would equal about $8.2 and create a world of difference. Another thing I found interesting is that when the Falcons traveled to New Orleans, they took a tour of some badly affected areas of the city. Dunn is said to have led a group of 25 players around sites of destruction without the company of photographers or reporters. The guys did it to increase their own knowledge, not to look better to the press. It has been a year since Katrina, and I feel like some people forget that it even happened. I?m glad there are some who remember well and are able to extend a helping hand to those who need it.