MOSAIC NOLA:The Gentilly Project

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Not Propogating Apathy

This post was submitted by Mustafa Abdur-Rahim:

I was talking the other day to a friend who is an evacuee from Tulane. He wasn't too stressed out about his situation, and he didn't express a lot of feeling about New Orleans or its people. Granted his home is in California, but I feel he is separating himself from Hurricane Katrina as just one of his life's experiences. It didn't seem to him like a big challenge to overcome. I wonder if the same will happen to people who were really tied to New Orleans, the people who actually lived there. This wouldn't be good at all. If people who evacuated from Katrina don't feel like those who are wanting to help, then they might simply give up and join so many of us in our apathy.


  • While some New Orleanians are putting down roots in other places, many, many more are determined to come back and rebuild the city. The Times-Picayune recalled all of its employees on Oct. 3, with a message that it is up to us, among others, to lead the rebuilding efforts in a positive way. It is a mission we all see clearly, and deeply. I have done stories over the years of people who came to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and stayed, here years later. People bond to this city; there is a community here that is felt strongly by all of us. Not every person feels it, particularly those here for specific reasons (school, business) who don't stay for long. But if you have ever felt the magic of the place, you will return, and try to help to rebuild. Already, people can be seen all over town cleaning and sorting, businesses are returning, schools are opening. As the city re-emerges from this catastrophy, those who are here will be even more dedicated, stronger and more committed. Some will leave, but those who return, I feel, will not be apathetic.

    By Blogger Renee Peck, at 8:06 AM  

  • There was a soul that was uniquely located in the city of New Orleans. Some living in the city were there soley because of the soul and others were there for anothers reason That soul will also reside in the city and throughout the country becauses those who cherished the soul won't let it die.

    By Blogger monisha, at 6:31 AM  

  • If over 50% of the residents of New Orleans were renters will alot of that "soul" be lost. How can we prevent capatilist America from turning the once lower class neighborhoods into sprawling Casino's or hotels aimed at bringing in money to the area? Without the proper support it seems that the renters will have no chance at regaining their destroyed homes.

    By Blogger sean furey, at 1:38 PM  

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