Wednesday, August 29, 2007


People think Katrina was an event, like a balloon popping, that occurred and passed when the water receded. When they say, "Katrina did this to me," they think they're saying, "water destroyed my house."
But Katrina was an event more in the way Foucault would say "event". That is, the storm represented a fundamental shift in the cities perception of reality. It changed what was fundamentally "true" at any given time. Example:
Pre-K, the government will help, that was true. Post-K, the government does nothing.
Whether or not you believe these statements to be true, on the ground, in the city, they are basic truths that every action and opinion of the disenfranchised classes pivot on.
Katrina was not a storm. Katrina is the name given to the shift in perception that dictates life in New Orleans.
Today is not the anniversary of Katrina. Katrina is still happening. It is everywhere. It makes our lives impossible.

So, here is some "Katrina"
A shooting in Central City left one person wounded Tuesday night, New Orleans police said.
The shooting occurred around the 2600 block of Danneel Street, between Third and Fourth streets, at 9:30 p.m.
The victim, a man, was shot in the face, said Garry Flot, a police public information officer.

NOMB rode by this spot on their bikes around 9:00

Again, Katrina
A man was shot and killed Tuesday morning in the Desire neighborhood, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
He was found by police about 10 a.m., sprawled on the pavement at Humanity and Feliciana streets, said NOPD spokeswoman Officer Jonette Williams.
The man had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.

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