Posts tagged Hurricane Katrina
In today’s world, empathy is a passing thing. Just look at the disaster in Haiti. Hurricane Katrina. Virginia Tech. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Our attention spans for these kinds of events are getting shorter and shorter. That should come as no surprise, though, seeing as how we live in a world where things continue to move quicker and quicker. (For example, I just Googled the word “quick” and got 2.16 billion search results in 0.27 seconds. Quick.) As a result, caring about these issues and events often becomes just a fad.
That’s why I like the idea behind the Social Tattoo Project. The project is, in their own words, “making empathy permanent.” Here’s what they have to say about it:
I’m not going to give any background about the situation in Haiti, because by now, everyone in America knows what’s happened in the island nation. And I’m glad that’s the case, because the more people that know, the more people can help.
My only question is, how long will they continue to help?
As Americans, we have terrible attention spans. We’re more interested in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” than keeping up with actual current events in the world around us. We’re more interested in “American Idol” than American politics. We’re even more excited about who’s going to win the World Series than how we can win the fight against world hunger. It’s absolutely pitiful.
And that’s why I’m concerned about the Haiti relief effort.
theGrio's "Ten Stories of the Decade That Have Changed Black America" (with six of my own additions…)
I think that’s my longest post title so far.
Anyway, it seems to be the cool thing nowadays to put together “Top 10″ lists for the decade. Pretty much every news outlet is doing it.
Looking back on it, there was a lot of stuff that went down from 2000 to 2009, especially as it relates to Black America. So, of course, there had to be a list of the ten most important things to happen to Black America over the last decade. And sure enough, the good people over at theGrio put together a list that’s entitled, “Ten Stories of the Decade That Have Changed Black America.”
I’m not gonna lie… it’s a great list. But I still have to give out a few honorable (and dishonorable) mentions, because there was just way too much stuff that happened.
I’ll start with the theGrio’s list, and I’ll give you my own additions to the list after that.