I have been struck, as others have too evidently judging by comments some of you have posted, at the lack of a national reaction to the Gulf Coast disaster. After 9/11, which while being an act of war was also somewhat more geographically limited in scope, the whole nation ground to a halt. It was no longer business as usual.
This is not to diminish the importance of 9/11. As I said it was an act of war and it should have garnered the attention it did and should have shocked us the way it did.
But I want to know why this doesn’t as well. After 9/11, every major sport postponed games out of respect for the enormity of the event. But now we can’t even get the local colleges to postpone their football games so people using hotels as refugee shelters can stay there. People are going about their lives as if nothing happened. Sure they’re sad and the TV news is covering it and all that, but it’s not the same.
Why? Is it because it’s a natural disaster? Is it because we see so much looting and our sympathy is diminished because we’re not also seeing the personal heroism and the tragic loss?