Analysis Of The Documentary ' New Orleans '

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New Orleans is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The city, nicknamed the “Big Easy”, brings people from all over the country. Its unique and vibrant culture and fascinating history just draws people in whether it is to celebrate a well-known festival like Mardi Gras or to visit the very Congo Square where Jazz music was born. This beauty of New Orleans is one of the reasons why the summer of 2005 was so devastating. On the 23 of that August, Hurricane Katrina was set to make contact with the area where New Orleans was located. The Category 5 storm caused tremendous damage including the destruction of the ninth level ward of the levees which caused the entire city to flood. In 200-, Spike Lee released his film When the Levees Broke which documented the damage this hurricane brought to the people of New Orleans. The documentary also showed how the government was not as helpful as one would hope in a time of need such as this. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Florence Jackson, a victim of the storm, had to ask “where is my government?” because the government simply was not there for the victims in all the ways that they should have been (Lee, 2006). The role of the government is serve the people. All three levels of government, however, did not serve the people the way they should have to aid in the prevention and rectification of Hurricane Katrina. First off, the government failed the people of New Orleans from the started with the construction of the levees. The Army Corps of Engineers were supposed to be the ones that built the levees, and they were supposed to build them strong enough that they would protect the city of New Orleans. However, their engineering was severely faulty. Robe... ... middle of paper ... ...nization, had a system of markings to identify whether a body was found in a house or not. Calvin Mackie claims that “the markings mean nothing” if they do not actually search the house for bodies (Lee, 2006). For search and rescue to not fully search everyone’s houses knowing that they could have family members in there dead is not fair to the resident of New Orleans. This is how the government was neglectful in the time after Hurricane Katrina had hit. In conclusion, the government was very neglectful with the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The storm was horrible and it destroyed nearly the whole city. The government should have reacted differently to help prevent the damage and to help the victims after the damage already happened. That is what the people of New Orleans should have been able to expect from their government before and during this horrible tragedy.

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