Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Did you watch HBO last night?
Did you watch HBO last night? Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke part I and II debuted. I must say before it even began I was sure it would be racially slanted and have one theme through out it. It mainly focused on New Orleans and not other areas hit by Hurricane Katrina although they were briefly shown and talked about. There was a diverse selection of people interviewed from female, male, white, black, rich and poor. There were local officials and other news casters interviewed. I was truly surprised that he did try to show both sides as best he could. Of course they have the people who think this was intentionally done to them but then there were the people who knew it was a very unfortunate event happening around them. Given that New Orleans is primarily black this is what you see most of the time in the documentary. This should not be a surprise. This is demographics. The Rev. Al Sharpton did not even appear until at least an hour and a half into the show and only for seconds. It was sad to see all the tragedy and heartbreak and to hear the stories of people who sat and suffered through this. It does help you to understand why they are so mad and so angry. I personally could not even image being stuck in that mess and even more so with my child. I would have had a mental breakdown of reality also. I know I would have without question. Hell, I had a breakdown and I wasn't even here. I left that Saturday before and didn't return until October, I think. I was fortunate enough to get out and had some place to stay. I watch it all unfold on CNN. You can't realistically blame one person/agency or say it should have been done this way. You never know what you would do in an extreme case and how you would react. Of course things should have been done different and they say hindsight is always 20/20. Hopefully lessons were learned to ensure this doesn't happen again. Overall I thought it was a good documentary. I must warn you towards the end there were graphic images of death and they were very hard to watch and not react. Lets see what part III and IV will be like tonight.