HOTEP Magazine: March 2017

When the Greater Houston area experiences a round of severe flooding; each time the impact is worse than before.

While disasters don’t discriminate, it was clear to me that there are some tremendous disparities concerning the level of response that African Americans in certain areas of the Greater Houston area received versus that of Whites who lived in some of the more affluent areas of Houston.

People in the Greenspoint area, located near 45 North Freeway and Beltway 8, found themselves without rescue boats and means to escape the flood waters without assistance.

People in the area had to be creative and resourceful in order to assist those who had no real means to help themselves.  People used refrigerators and containers and other things to transport children, senior citizens and others to safety.

Black people are some of the most resourceful and resilient people on the planet. We will figure out a way to survive – by any means necessary.

Black people are too collectively reliant upon people and the government to take care of us when circumstances become dire and when we are in our weakest and most vulnerable position – I mean completely dependent upon the local, county, state and federal government to do for us.

That is insane!

It is often said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; its time we operate collectively within this mentality. The majority of predominately African American communities are NOT collectively prepared to handle or address any type of crisis or disaster – natural or man-made. The one thing we can always do is be ready and prepared for whatever comes our way.

Literal Substance
Editorial Team

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