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Sep. 14th, 2005 12:58 pm


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“SEPARATE BUT EQUAL” EDUCATION: The Wall Street Journal reports that Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will ask Congress to waive a federal law that bans educational segregation for homeless children. The Bush administration is arguing, along with states like Utah and Texas, that providing schooling for evacuees – who, in this case, are likened to homeless children — will be disruptive to public school systems, so they want to have sound legal backing for creating separate educational facilities for the 372,000 schoolchildren displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The State of Mississippi is opposed to waiving the Act because they argue the law helps evacuees enroll in schools without red tape. [WSJ, “Schooling Evacuees Provokes Debate,” 9/14/05]
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I want Bush not to have spent four days dicking around while the conditions deteriorated. I want him to have acted sooner, not because it was his obligation as president and it would reflect badly on him if he didn't, but because people were dying, and everyone I know who could think of something to do did it. There were a million things he could have done besides sit around making happy speeches about how everything would be fine. The stupid comment about Trent Lott's porch doesn't infuriate me because Trent Lott can't miss his porch. He has as much right to be sad over his losses as anyone. But the lighthearted way in which Bush delivered those remarks was absolutely chilling.

I'm astounded by the sheer volume of reaction to last week's post -- not so much because of the outpouring of emotion (both supportive and scornful, here on LJ and via email), but because it actually seems like I was telling people something they didn't already know. What? Poor people? We've got those here? And they have problems? Holy shit, you jest!

So, yes: I grew up poor. Now you know. I'm neither proud nor ashamed of the fact of having been poor; it is what it is. But I will note that having been poor in some sense never leaves you. I was and am appalled that so many people were basically abandoned to the hurricane and the floods largely because they were poor; in another place and time and under not dissimilar circumstances, that could have been me as a child or people that I knew. The state and local governments failed them by not helping to get them out of harm's way or adequately preparing and organizing the shelters they did set aside; the national government failed them in its criminally disorganized disaster relief. You don't have to have been poor to be outraged at what happened with Katrina and its aftermath, but if you have been it provides an extra dimension of horror.
Sep. 1st, 2005 08:11 pm


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I am beyond pissed about the government reaction, or lack thereof, towards victims of Hurricane Katrina, and even more incensed about the cold-blooded reaction of people calling the survivors "looters" and "stubborn" for not leaving - I mean, hello??? Perhaps these people didn't have cars or money, and the fucking Greyhound station closed on Saturday! Perhaps the government should have had a fucking plan in place so that our own countrymen wouldn't be left to die.

Can we just recall the entire fucking administration already?

Anderson Cooper just gave it to Landrieu. My moment of pettiness, gratified.
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