Poppy Z. Brite Speaks Mucho Truth

Aug 1, 2006 by

docbrite: Don’t Ever Do This

If it should ever occur to you to urge me to leave New Orleans because you saw the Al Gore movie or read the Mike Tidwell book or whatever, I have one word for you: Don’t.

I just received such an e-mail from someone who’d recently returned from Gore’s Aaaaaaaaa!!! The Planet Is Melting And We’re All Gonna Die or whatever the thing is called (and no, I’m not really making fun of the movie, though I have no interest in seeing it; while I’m not a Gore fan, I certainly believe that global warming exists and was a factor in last year’s storm, though not nearly as much of one as, oh, say, THE FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL LEVEE SYSTEM or the fact that WE NO LONGER HAVE ENOUGH COASTAL WETLANDS TO BUFFER US FROM EVEN A MEDIUM-SIZED STORM). The e-mail came from someone I like a lot, so I tried to be polite, but there is nothing that infuriates me more than a well-meaning person telling me to desert my home. If you want to help me, don’t tell me to run for the hills; write to the White House, Congress, the damn Army Corps of Engineers. Tell them to put money into wetlands restoration, give us the levees we were promised in the first place, and rebuild the homes and businesses that were destroyed by their lying negligence.


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