My 10 year old nephew is visiting for a couple of days. He and I had a talk about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina today. I showed him some pictures from my various trips and talked about the issues. I showed him the media coverage that most clearly indicated the racism that was inherent in post-Katrina coverage. He says he could never do my work.

I asked him for some words to describe what we had talked about. Here’s his list.

horrifying
disturbing
(natural) disaster
racist
sad
breathtaking
weird
hard to believe
and in a way amazing that it could actually happen.

Indeed, he really gets it. Too bad the government didn’t get it so clearly as a 10 year old did in a 15 minute conversation.

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