Scout here finally. I’ve been busy playing “misery tour” director and Athenae has been doing the posting– absolutely terrific ones of course. On Saturday the First Draft Krewe gutted a home along with a group of college juniors and seniors from Elon University. The students had wanted to see more of NOLA so after we finished gutting I went with the group to show them Lakeview and the lower 9th ward.
Your People Have No Homes.
These were just wonderful young people. You would be so proud of such young Americans who had worked so hard and now were very interested in learning about New Orleans. They were asking great questions. There was also an exchange student from Russia in the group and while driving through Lakeview I I turned and asked her what she thought. This is not a verbatim quote but it is close. She said… In Russia we think of America as a very rich country so it is very shocking to see this . For it to look so bad after 19 months and with your form of government, a democracy of the people…she paused…well your people have no homes.
It took only a short drive for this young Russian woman to get the writing on the wall in the lower 9th Ward… America Needs Help. Once the shining city upon a hill is now the ruined and abandoned neighborhoods of New Orleans with its call of greatness ringing as hollow as the gutted out shell of a slab house in Gentilly and its promise as broken as a shotgun house in the lower 9th ward. This is what the world sees now. It shames the faces of worthy Americans.