via Dustbury (An Okieblogger):
Baton Rouge attorney Heather Cross, in a blistering Open Letter to the media
So where are the reporters on the flooding?
...Not one person I watched on the national news during the weeks following Alton Sterling's death, or the murder of three police officers gave my friends, my family, my neighbors - any credit or the benefit of the doubt. Nope. The entire news media looked for someone to blame...
I think you people are stone cold silent about this flood, because really, there's no agenda to push.
There's no side to take. There's nobody to blame. So even though you don't seem in the least bit curious, here's what's been happening around here since you left.
First - as previously stated. There was a Noah's Ark Level Flood.
It affected all of us. Black, white, dog, cat, man, woman, child, transsexual.
While it was still raining, a spontaneous, private, and well-meaning navy of ordinary people assembled themselves. They were black, white, asian and otherwise. They weren't protesting anything. They got into their own boats, spent their own money, spent their own time, risked their own lives. Black people saved white people. White people saved black people. Nobody asked what color you were before knocking on your door.
These are not first responders on some list somewhere. These are a bunch of guys who like to hunt and fish and as a result own flat bottom boats and they assumed that the actual police and other first responders, not to mention their fellow citizens - could use a little help.
So they just showed up. Nobody told them to. They wanted to....
I suppose a bunch of self-sufficient folks that actually love one another, and are trying to figure things out isn't as interesting to you as casting gross stereotypes over people who live fly-over country. But we are a little bit baffled after all that unwanted attention we got a few weeks back, when we actually need you to get the word out, you are nowhere to be found.I posted this under "Oklahoma" because in previous disasters, I saw a lot of locals do just this: went to help.
And others organized supplies at their churches and had their youth groups take them there.