October 14

Response to Minority Report: Hurricane Katrina’s Aftermath

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After reading the Green Family’s story (last week) and learning about what happened to the most vulnerable people living in that area, please respond with your thoughts and opinions about:

 

  1. What conditions do you think allowed for the devastation?  How was it possible for so many people to be hurt in this way by a natural disaster everyone saw coming?  (Think about how a disaster might affect the people in this community)
  2. Take at least three quotes from Jay-Z and Neyo’s song, “Minority Report” and a) explain what you think it means and b) why is this relevant (important) for reader’s to understand?
  3. Make a prediction.  If we had a devastating earthquake here in the Bay Area, how do you think the people living in Walnut Creek would be affected?  What about the people living in Alameda?  What about the people living in East Oakland or South Hayward?

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38 thoughts on “Response to Minority Report: Hurricane Katrina’s Aftermath

  1. LaWayne Williams

    2. Poor kids just ’cause they were poor kids.
    a) I think this means without money you have no way of protecting yourself. It means you are less than others who are more fortunate than you are especially in a hurricane situation.
    b) In order for to be looked at as somebody that is worth saving you must having currency. You can be a rich cat and be saved before a poor person. The government doesn’t save innocent lives, they keep them at danger.
    3. Silly rappers, because we got a couple Porches.
    a) People are blinded by fame and money so much they forget about the other things like the people from our cities and neighborhoods. Not everyone is born with wealth so for the ones who make it out the neighborhood forget about those they leave behind.
    b) I think this means people that came from nothing need to give back and support their communities that helped make them who they are today. The fame and money is an illusion that keeps the rich separated from the poor as a reminder where we stand on the food chain per say.

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  2. LaWayne Williams

    I believe that there was not a well enough connection on communication with the city of New Orleans and the Federal government. With choppers flying by watching and witnessing the destruction brought to the communities they should’ve had more help at a faster rate in order to save those innocent lives that over time taken if not instantly. You can prepare as best as you can but without the proper information.

    1. Baby needed food and you stuck on the roof, helicopter swooped down just to get a scoop, through his telescopic lens but he didn’t scoop you.”
    a) I think this means the government was able to send someone to look over the tragedy and broken city but couldn’t do anything as far as helping.
    b) Readers need to understand that the government isn’t for the people, they’re for themselves. The people have to be for each other or none of us will survive in times like this.

    Some say there is a big coming to the Bay Area some say that isn’t possible. I say, mother nature will take its course and where ever it decides to hit the hardest it will. There is a fault that goes through Hayward so theoretically I feel that the worst won’t happen in Hayward nor East Oakland but further out towards the coast line and the valley. I think that in Hayward and East Oakland we will feel it first of course since we’re the closest to the fault line but the waves won’t be as destructive as It will to those cities outside of 10-15 mile radius near us.

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  3. Desirae Velasquez

    The devasitation on New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit was horrific so many lives were lost due to the lack of communication from the federal government.

    The song written by Jay-Z and Neyo called Manority Report talks about the events that took place after during an before. The people of the city was abandon an left to take care of each other. “No one says the federal government is doing a good job”. (6)

    Family was stranded an no help came people in the scity felt like all help was gone an no one was coming to give them any assistans.
    “The next five days, no help ensued”(26)

    The goverment made sure that the media didnt show the public what was going on in the streets of New Orleans. The goverment made sure that the people of the city was in need of the mpst help but wasnt will to help them.
    “Now it wasn’t on the nightly news no more”.(67)

    Some say the bay area is over due for a quake
    an some say that its not possible but scientist are saying that only time will show us whats possible. Oakland , Hayward and Walnut Creek would be most affected by the quake due to the location of the city Walnut Creek sits on a fault line to be spacific the San Andreas line it pass due. The communitys that are through out the citys will all be affected to the max. It will only come down to everyone sticking together an staying strong.

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  4. Prince Zia

    The reason of devastation that hurt a lot of people and killed by hurricane Katrina was wrong information were provided to the resident and unprofessional people were assigned to help the people in the area of disaster and there were delays on saving peoples that they were stuck on their homes on rooftop and wrong information were provided to people everyone was confused, sometimes it’s hard to make a decision naturel disasters happing too quick you can’t make a right decision..

    (The damage here along the gulf coast is catastrophic.
    There’s frantic under way tonight to find survivors.
    There are an uncounted number of the dead tonight…)
    People are being forced to live like animals…
    We are desperate…

    In song of jay-Z it explain that people had very bad days a lot of people that they were safe from disaster they stuck in places that they couldn’t receive help food water and places for living.

    My prediction about the bay area disasters about flood and earth quick it will be a big disaster for the residents of the bay area because we are surrounded by water and the pacific sea is just few miles away from us and Oakland and san Francisco is one of the cities which have a big number of population in the area and helping them is a big challenge to the government to save them from any kinda disaster like flood.

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  5. VI TRAN

    1. In my view the devastation will ruin people life, goods, and many thing will affects to people who live there. Society’s vices happen and people become poor, lose their house, car, job, and they don’t even have enough food, water to survive, many people have to move to another place.
    2. “So in reality I didn’t give a dime, or a damn
    I just put my monies in the hands of the same people that left my people stranded
    Nothin’ but a bandit” (44-46)
    Here tell even through people see the disaster happen on TV, they just look at it and not interested, they don’t care about those people living in the same country they live, some only tend to have the reputation advantage.
    3. If we have a devastating earthquake here in Bay Area, the people whom live here will lose their job, house’s and they probably will lose their family also. Alameda can be worst because it near the ocean and it’s a small town that could effect to a large amount of people trying to save them self and family. For the people in Walnut Creek, they’re would be able to run away from the disaster because it base on transportation. Lastly, those people whom live in East Oakland could be effect land, house’s will be destroyed by corrupted building and people may stuck in the house, this could lead them without food supplies

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Thank you for your post, Vi! I’m glad the song got you thinking about future predictions in the East Bay, and how important it is to truly help people in a time of need. In the opening paragraph, it helps to be as specific as possible, by stating what devastation? What people? Where and when? Are you referring to the people of New Orleans or the future? I was also curious what you meant by the “reputation advantage” when referring to “people who see (saw) the disaster on TV…and don’t (didn’t) care.” Can you be more specific about the reputation advantage? It’d also be great to see two more quotes and why you think they are important or relevant. Thanks so much!

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  6. Marisela Solano

    Several conditions that allowed the devastation were that homes that were people were knocked out. Homes that were destroyed were from people who were in poverty. Now they lost their homes and it is going to be hard to get back on their feet. Many people were warned but they decided to not do anything since it’s normal to them and isn’t very severe until this very day. (Hurricane Katrina)

    “People are being forced to live like animals” (4) I think this means that the government doesn’t care how we deal things with the hurricane. “In Baghdad, they, they drop, they do our drop water, food to people.. why can’t they do that to their own people”. (10,11)This quote stood out to me because the government is willing to help others in other countries but can not help others within their region. “People was poor before the hurricane came”.(15) It caught my eye because people are poor and they won’t receive help from the government. It isn’t fair for other people to get help, and their own people in this country don’t receive the same help as others.
    People in Walnut Creek would not be affected because the city is not near the bay area and not near the fault. People who live in Alameda are at risk because they are near Oakland and near the fault but it wouldn’t hit much as it hits. Honestly, it depends on where the earthquake hits and tsunami would be a totally different story. Like I said before it all depends where the earthquakes hits. If it hits East Oakland than you obviously would get hit really hard depending on how hard the earthquake is. South Hayward wouldn’t get no type of feeling while Oakland has an earthquake why because they are further from Oakland and the fault.
    -Marisela S.

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  7. Desirae Velasquez

    Hurricane Katrina
    The way the city was built under sea level that made the condition to the structure of the city weak and that also made the situation way worse. So many people was hurt in this event not having any help from government officials and no support. With the city getting hit by Katrina the people in the city had no other way but to prepare their self for the worse not knowing if help will come, not knowing if they will get any is the question?, the whole city wondered. Certain community’s got hit hardest by Katrina with those being hit hard, a lot of families was without homes, and shelter and still was in need of help to find their lost siblings.
    The song that Jay-Z and Neyo did is a very broad catorgey that explains a lot about what took place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The people was abandoned they had to think as one to stay together a strong for one another.
    “No one says the federal government is doing a good job…
    And hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people…
    NO water, I fought my country for years…
    We need help, we really need help…” (6)
    Speaking how the people isn’t saying that they are getting help but yet several individuals have put their life on the line for their country but when a disaster happens like this the people of the US can’t even get any help.
    “The next five days, no help ensued”
    (26-37)
    Speaking on how the commander-in-chief flew just to take a couple pictures of the people that is below fighting to survive with no help. Yes he did have seats available in his helicopter but did he offer to give a seat no. Even though he should be helping the people of the city the people of the city just want the worse to happen to him because he is not helping them and they are in most need of help.

    “Now is wasn’t on the nightly news no more” (67-76)
    Everything that happened in New Orleans was no longer news to people all over the world it was an event that happened and is now over in some people’s eyes but that would never be over in the eyes of the ones who lived it. Still the city is being built again.
    The people of walnut creek would be affected the most cause that city itself sits on the San Andreas fault line they bay area an community’s would have to come together together to survive they also would be affected by the quick.

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  8. Angelina Witt

    I think that one of the main reasons that allowed such a catastrophe to happen like this was the hurricane itself but also the way the neighborhoods were organized. If they’re too cluttered and all the houses are too close together, the probability of more damage is greater. If the houses were all organized and the streets as well, I feel like the damage wouldn’t be as large as it was. Many people lost their homes, animals, loved ones, and special personal belongings. After a catastrophe like this, I’m sure the neighborhoods were designed differently so that if a catastrophe like that were to happen again, they would be prepared.

    In Jay-Z and Neyo’s song: “The commander in chief just flew by, did he stop? No, he had a couple of seats” I think that this quote means that the police were targeting certain people to rescue, like “important people”. This is relevant for the reader to understand because it allows the person who is listening to the song to get a real feel on what really happened during the hurricane. “Poor kids just cause they were poor kids, left them on their porches, same old story in New Orleans” This quote is very self explanatory, a lot of poor kids and even poor families were left stranded without anyone coming to rescue them. This relates to the quote above, how helicopters would just fly by and ignore the poor people is desperate need. This is one of the most relevant parts of the song, people need to know how the poor were left behind during the hurricane.

    I feel like people in Oakland or South Hayward will be left behind because places like those are frowned upon, unfortunately. Alameda and Walnut Creek is very “upscale” you could say, in comparison to Oakland or South Hayward. Meaning that people living in these places have a higher chance of getting rescued than in Oakland or South Hayward.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Angelina, thank you for so much thought and detail in your posting. I’m glad you were able to dig so deep. I do recommend being as specific as possible, especially in your opening paragraph. State right away the five W’s: What you are referring to, when did it happen, where, etc; It will make your response fuller, and more complete. It would also help when explaining certain lines, such as the statement that Oakland and South Hayward are “frowned upon.” Do residents living there come from lower socio-economic backgrounds? Is this fact or opinion, and if fact do you have any supporting evidence? Lots to unpack in that statement!
      Lastly, if you can please be mindful of subject/verb agreements as discussed in class: Alameda and Walnut Creek “are” very upscale. Please come see us if you need a copy of this handout. Thanks, Angelina!

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  9. SAYEED JAWEED

    when the hurricane Katrina hit the city in my opinion the residents didn’t know when and what time this gonna happen in their city for the lack of hearing news and some people don’t care about the media what the say they thinks its all just joke when the hurricane gets closer to them they had no time to evacuate the area
    people were poor and needy they had transportation problems that’s why they are all stuck in that disaster many lost their families , kids ,houses and the governments were not able to help them right away people and the other society stood against the government that we are the residents of this land we deserve to get help first instead of dropping water in baghadad

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  10. DINGKANG HUANG

    1.The devastation ruins house and cars,also make people lose their jobs. helpless people would be affected by the natural disaster since they are poor, they don’t have enough money to leave.
    2.”No one says the federal government is doing a good job ” i think people really hate the government for the government dose not help the people in disaster.
    “we need help, we really need help” shows how people really want the government to help them but unfortunately,the government would like to support the military.
    “Through his telescopic lens but he didn’t scoop you”, i think the government prefer to assign the helicopter to the war than scoop people in the New Orleans.
    3.if we will have a earthquake in Bay area, i think people will leave if they able to do that, the rest of poor people may get helped from the government. but if the government does not help the poor people, they may die.

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  11. lupitasantillano

    1) I think, New Orleans were extremely affected by this phenomenon the “Hurricane Katrina” because of its location. Some people couldn’t have the chance to run away because the gulf of Mexico is close to this city. The houses flooded fast and people get stack of roofs and also died for the strong currents. And also people how have low income had less chances to go away .

    2)”People was poor before the hurricane came but the down pour poured is like when Mary J. sang”(15/16)
    I think, in this context this means that people were low income but with the hurricane they have nothing no food, cloths , and enough supplies to survive. They didn’t have the government support.
    “Every day it rains, so every day the pain”(17)
    This means people were losing hope day by day the water was to high. The water was taking long to go away and people were stacked many day on the roofs.
    “Helicopters doing fly-bys to take a couple of shots” (35)
    People didn’t help they we treated bad and force to life in very bad conditions. They were ignored by others.

    3) I think if we have a devastating earthquake in the bay area the most affected areas could be Alameda. Because its closer to water will get into those houses faster, then conpering then the area of Walnut Creek may not be as much affected as the areas closes to water.

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  12. Maya Cisneros

    1. I believe the conditions that allowed for this devastation was the carelessness of the government, the lack of human kindness and concern for others. This natural disaster that everyone saw coming made it possible for many people to be hurt because not everyone was prepared for it and everyone only cared about themselves and their own families.
    2. Q1: “Helicopter swooped down just to get a scoop. Through his telescopic lens but he didn’t scoop you.” I think this quote means that even when help is there, the people in that helicopter do not want to help the needy. This is relevant for the reader to understand because people can very cold hearted towards helping others.
    Q2: “Helicopters doing fly-bys to take a couple of shots. Couple of portraits then ignored ‘em. He’d be just another bush surrounded by a couple orchids.” I think this quote means that people are there in helicopters, but they are not there to help the people. They are only there to film and show the world the tragedy. This is relevant for the reader to understand because those people that are filming could be helping. Instead of contributing to the issue those people could be solving the issue and helping those people in need.
    Q3: “Nothin’ but a bandit. Left them folks abandoned. Damn, that money that we gave was just a band-aid.” I think this quote means that sending money does not really help, physically doing something will help those people in need. This is relevant for the reader to understand because although money can buy supplies, food and water, those people need doctors, shelter and to be reunited with their families.
    3. If we had a devastating earthquake here in the Bay Area people would try and evacuate as soon as possible. The thing that is unfortunate about alameda is that it is an island that only has three exits and entrances. Each bridge and tunnel would be pact, taking a long time for everyone to evacuate.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Hi Maya, thanks for your post! Very nicely done. I like parts where you went a little deeper: “the lack of human kindness” and “instead of contributing to the issue… (they) could be solving the issue.” Yes! The foundation is set, so don’t hold back from adding as much detail as possible. For example, in the opening paragraph, how exactly was the government careless? Why do you think people may not have been prepared? Also, if we had an earthquake in the Bay Area, how do you think it might be similar or different to what happened in New Orleans? Thanks again, looking good!

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  13. Rafael Fernandez

    “The next five days no help ensure…”
    Jay-Z creates a line about how the people were not being helped in there time of need. They weren’t experiencing the amounts of help compared to the severity of Hurricane Katrina. The people of New Orleans requested help from Federal Emergency but due to the circumstances of inhabitable land of nature destroying what very little they had. Jay-Z feels this is impeccable for his audience to know in order for them to be sympathetic and want to help.
    “… People was poor before the hurricane came…”
    Jay-Z along with Neyo collaborate in creating a song to representing the struggles of the people affected by New Orleans. Both discuss the world the poor are forced to live in with limited to no help unless you’re rich. The difference of what class you’re strongly decided if you would have been helped retreat from the disaster. This is important because it’s unfair to think that wealth could decide your ability to survive. Aid was being provided for the wealthy to leave on planes while the poor had to succumb to the floodings.
    “… nightly news no more … didn’t matter to you no more … “
    Jay-Z is stating that the news was longer reporting on the Katrina event, but it didn’t mean it stopped happening. Deeper Jay-Z felt that people who aren’t directly affected by Katrina weren’t showing enough support in helping in the goal. This is important because Jay-Z can reach his audience who may not watch the news, inform them and encourage everyone to come together and save the desperate.
    “No water, I fought for my country for years”
    The people if New Orleans are angered that that the government would send care packages to foreign countries but not to them. Angered and frustrated they blame the government directly for not being provide the correct amounts of assistance need to ensure survival. Jay-Z feels this is vital to add because most people didn’t even have a car to escape so people of higher authority should be the primary people to help being they have to proper resources.
    The Bay Area is some potions have experienced their own disaster from natural disasters. One alike would be the earthquake in San Francisco alone with the fires. Causing ultimate destruction and devastation many died and lot the belongings. But later it was rebuilt and now thrives with new life and some of the people there before. But if as a whole the Bay Area was hit, I believe the inner cities would experience the most fatalities due to the big populations and crowding of multiple level complexes. I also feel that parts of the Bay are prepared like the Golden Gate which is earth quake proof. Most businesses have crisis management plans in the event of a natural disaster, I believe the city has something like that.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Thanks for posting, Rafael! I’m glad you were able to look closely at the lyrics and take them apart to study closely, especially regarding important issues on class and media portrayal. I wonder if you had any thoughts on the first question: What conditions do you think allowed for the devastation? How was it possible for so many people to be hurt by a natural disaster even when people saw it coming? Also, in the opening sentence when you state that people “weren’t getting help in there (their) time of need…compared to the severity of Katrina,” I wonder if “compare” is the most fitting word. (Necessary?) Perhaps a slight word switching? Thanks for the detail and great thoughts!

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  14. Leping Cai

    I think the hurricane was so devastating because New Orleans was near the Gulf of Mexico. Since it was near the Gulf, it will cause more floating which lead to people losing their homes, car and family.Since the hurricane was much bigger than people predicted, people wasn’t prepare for it.Also the government didn’t sent help to the citizen.

    A)”No water, I fought for my country for years” This quote means all the citizen fought really hard for America and they can’t get help when they needed.This is really ironic because when there is a war, Government will expect citizen participate to fight for their country but the government wouldn’t return the favorite when our people are dying in the street.

    B) “so in reality I didn’t give a damn or a dime” I interpret that many people see this type of news on the TV might feel bad or sad. But most people don’t really care until if it happens to them.People wouldn’t donate money to help them.

    C) “No one say the government is doing a good job” I think is quote is right. Everyone knows that the government is not doing anything about it. They are helping or caring. Since we are majority, we don’t get the same treat as them.

    If we have an devastating earthquake in bay area, I think Oakland and Alameda will affected the most. Since Alameda is a man made island,the city will go down and is near the ocean. Everyone will try to get to Oakland then Oakland will be pack. Lots buildings in Oakland will be affected. The homeless people will be affected the most because they have no where to go.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Leping, thanks so much for your well thought out post! I’m glad you were able to look closely at the quotes and make some predictions about what might happen if an earthquake hit the East Bay. I especially like the line of the government expecting their citizens to fight in a war, but not helping their own people in a time of need. (Great!) Why do you think the three quotes you chose are important or relevant to us today? It’s great you make predictions about homeless people, but how do you think other residents would be affected if an earthquake were to hit in East Bay? Do you think it would be similar or different to what occurred in New Orleans? Continue digging deep and be as specific as possible!
      A couple grammatical notes: As discussed in class, please be mindful of subject-verb agreements. For example, the “people wasn’t prepare(d) for it.” Instead: the people weren’t prepared for it.” (Please see us if you need a copy of that hand-out.) Also, please be mindful of spacing after period.
      Thanks, Leping!

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  15. Ana Valencia

    1) I believe one of the many reasons why the devastation was allowed and why many people were hurt was simply because Hurricane Katrina attacked one of the poorest places in the United States. Many people were hurt by the natural disaster that everyone saw coming because not everyone had the resources to gather in order to survive once they left their homes. With no gas,money, food or first aid kits they were probably not going to get anywhere safe and/or alive.This affected a lot of people in the community because the community was mostly based of poor people.

    2) Q1: “Please… send stuff here. We are desperate.No one says the federal government is doing a good job.”

    I think what this means is that Jay-Z is aware that he is someone important in society and that he has the power to voice out the people thoughts, by “the people” I mean those hurting in New Orleans when almost everyone lost mostly everything they had, including their loved ones. By voicing this out I believe he is letting the government know that they are not doing their job correctly and that people need help, an extreme amount of it.

    Q2)”People was poor before the hurricane came
    Before the downpour poured, it was like when Mary J. sang
    Everyday it rains, so everyday the pain
    Went ignored and I’m sure ignorance was to blame”

    I think this means exactly what it’s describing, poverty,pain and loss. Jay-Z explains that before the hurricane came to destruction the situation of the community was already horrible its even worse now. I think its important for the readers to understand this so they can relate to what he is rapping, not only to understand but to have a feel of what it is to lose everything.

    Q3)”Turn on the TV, seein’ the pain
    Sayin’ such a shame, then tryin’ to go on with my life
    Of that, I too am guilty
    (Seems like we don’t even care)
    So we send a little money, tell ’em it’s alright
    To be able to sleep at night
    You will pay that price, but some of these folks
    Has lost they whole life
    (Seems like we don’t even care)”

    I believe what Jay-Z is trying to have the readers understand is the poor and miserable situations that the people in the community are going through due to the disaster. He’s trying to help them understand that not by sending money everything is fixed, he wants to let the pain be felt when he says that some day we will pay that price, but some of these folks has lost they whole life.

    3) If the Bay Area had an earthquake I think people would be able to get somewhere safe and with the appropriate equipment to survive it if it’s terrible enough. I also believe there would be a lot of chaos trying to get out of town, i think freeways would be shut down, supermarkets would be cleaned out and gas would be extremely scarce and prices would go up.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Hi, Ana, thanks so much for your posting! I’m glad the song got you thinking about some really important issues, and that you were able to make some future predictions. I was especially interested in your response to the second quote, you state the situation “is already horrible (but) its (it’s) even worse now.” Can you be more specific here? How so? Also, a couple grammatical notes: please watch your spacing between words, especially between periods and commas. ‘I’ should always be capitalized. Also, as discussed in class our subject-verb agreements. “Some of the folks has lost…” Instead: “Some of the folks have lost.” Please see us if you need a copy of this handout. Thanks, Ana!

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  16. Ashley Devine

    I think reason why is the conditions for disaster in New Orleans from “Katrina ” largely stem from pre-existing geographical conditions combined with human error.
    On the later you have people in the areas of the city which are behind levees, and other Sea-level or below parts of the city believing that the engineering would withstand the coming waters and thus refusing to evacuate to shelters or high ground.
    The former would have to be the geographical location placing it in close proximity to a large river ( the Mississippi ) and the Gulf of Mexico.
    New Orleans and its citizens found themselves forced to trust in the dikes and levees to keep the rising waters brought by Hurricane Katrina back.
    Many of the victims ended up coming from lower income families who might have been reluctant to abandon their home and belongings.
    “we need help, we really need help”(9) I think that the government was not aware of how bad the situation was so, the people in New Orlean was communicating their needs.
    “Poor kids just ‘ cause they were poor kids”(38) In this quote shows how these society only cares about people who have money and when it come to helping poor people they are not prompt to help.
    ” Now it wasn’t on the nightly news no more “(67) The news is all about business and as soon as something doesn’t generate any money they stop showing it.In the event of a massive Earthquake to the Bay Area experience has proven that the greatest loss of life is due to falling debris/glass.
    Alameda not having any extremely large or “High rise ” buildings might be spared many of fatalities due to that kind of falling debris. There would be an effect felt upon areas of the city that have been built on land-fill , a certain danger exists historically on reclaimed land ( South shore, or East side ) land tends to shift or settle when large quakes occur .
    Then there would be the problem of evacuation . Getting off the island is going to be complicated by traffic. Alameda has limited avenues of egress / ingress this would make evacuating the island before or after a large quake difficult.
    Oakland would have a problem with the tall buildings . Dense populations.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Hi, Ashley, great thoughts on your post! There was a lot of deep thought and detail put into it. I was especially intrigued by the “pre-existing geographical conditions,” such as location, combined with your personal opinion, such as people who may have been “reluctant to abandon their home and belongings.” (Great!) I would’ve liked to see a little more specific detail in the other quote responses as well. “The government was not aware of how bad the situation was so the people in New Orleans was (were) communicating their needs.” How were the people in New Orleans communicating their needs? Was this song through their point of view? Why do you think that line or the other two quote responses were important/relevant, and do you think there is anything to learn from it? Thank you, Ashley!

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  17. Fahad Ahmed

    1. I think the conditions that led to this is he people that are poor specially losing their homes and everything they had which led to chaos, also I think the conditions of the government, the government did not help the people with anything, no money, food, or shelter; which everyone who was affected by the hurricane needed. So many people were hurt by this hurricane because they probably were not prepared for it, or they did not have any money to prepare for it, also people probably just panicked without knowing what to do.
    2. The first quote I chose is “So in reality I didn’t give a dime or a damn”. I interpreted that Jay Z and Ne-Yo says that even they did not care to help the people even though they are the ones that made this song for the people. It’s relevant because nobody stops and thinks that they did not help even if they say they felt bad for the people who were hurt.
    The second quote is “No one says the federal government is doing a good job”. I think this quote means that people blame the government for not helping people during the hurricane. This is relevant because people depend on the authority or people that can help for help when disasters like this happens, but the authority did not help.
    The third quote is “People are being forced to live like animals, we are desperate”. This quote means how people were going crazy without no money, shelter, food, etc. People are sad, hungry, sick all types of chaos. This quote is relevant because people need to money, shelter, and food to survive and if they don’t have the things they need to survive then they will start going crazy and act in desperation.
    3.If there was an earthquake in the bay area and it hit walnut creek, I don’t the people would be very affected by it as much as Alameda and Oakland. The is a lot of land around Walnut Creek and enough supply of food, water, and shelter. More people are financially stable compared to the people in East Oakland and South Hayward. Everyone in Alameda would be worried because its a small island. and it can’t supply everyone with the things they would need to survive. I East Oakland and South Hayward people would be more worried and they would panic because more poor people that has no options during an earthquake lives in those areas.

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  18. ahmad wais nejati

    No one says the federal government is doing a good job.. And hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people… No water, I fought my country for years…. We need help, we really need help..” (Minority Report)
    a) People don’t talk about how good the government is doing they usually talk about how bad the government is doing. People in New Orleans didn’t get rescued when they thought the government will come and rescue.
    b) Many people have fought for this country, maybe not them but their loved once or their elders have fought for this country and the government didn’t rescue them.
    “Baby needed food and you stuck on the roof. Helicopter swooped down just to get a scoop. Through his telescopic lens but he didn’t scoop you.”( Minority Report)
    a) People need help but the government only helps the once who have more money then the others.
    b) Now days people do things depending on how much money that person has. If your poor and don’t have enough money then if any natural disaster happened your on your own.
    “Turn on the TV, seein’ the pain. Sayin’ such a shame. Then tryin’ to g on with my life. Of that, I too, am guilty.” (Minority Report)
    a) We see bad things happening but no one says anything. We feel bad about the things we saw but we tend to move on with our life.
    b) Everyday we see or hear about things that’s happening to people but we never say anything.
    3) If we have earth quake in the Bay Area people in Walnut Creek will be more safer during and after the earth quake because Walnut Creek is surrounded by land. But people in Alameda will experience the earth quake even more because it’s an small island. Also if the bridges break people in Alameda can’t go anywhere.

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  19. Jonathan Anabo

    1.The neglectfulness of the government and lack of support caused the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to be much worse.

    2.“helicopter doing fly bys just to take a couple shots”

    A) I think it means that helicopters just flew by and took pictures instead of helping.
    B) Its important to understand because Jay-Z was relating it to drive by shootings and implying that hurt the people even more by just shooting them with a camera instead helping them.

    “In synopsis this is my minority report can’t say we better off than we was before”

    A) I think Jay-Z is voicing his opinion though his minority report, stating that were we really better off before.
    B) It is important to understand because I believe this natural disaster showed the government’s true colors and Jay Z was reminding his listeners that we were never better off before.

    “I just put my monies in the hands of the same people that left my people stranded nothing but a bandit left them folks abandoned”

    A) Jay-z must have gave his money to an organization by really that organization was probably connected to the government, the same people who left his people for dead.
    B) Its important to understand this because Jay z was implying that he gave his money to a organization with government ties.

    3. Walnut Creek would be good; people would have plenty of food and water. As for East Oakland I think people would need more help but with institutionalized racism why would the government help people they have marginalized. The state would probably use the earthquake to take advantage of the situation and relocate any body of color out and rebuild Oakland for the techies coming in and our land.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Hi Jonathan, thank you for posting! You have some great ideas started. I was hoping you could be more specific in a few areas, such as the first response. How did the government’s “neglectfulness” and “lack of support” cause the devastation of the hurricane to be worse? Also, please be mindful of contradictions; in 2A, first response says we “were better off before,” but 2B states we were “never better off before.” I’m curious which one it is? Feel free to be as specific and detailed as possible. Thanks!

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  20. Anonymous

    1) I think that because New Orleans is really close to Gulf Of Mexico it caused the hurricane to happen and destroy many homes leaving people homeless. Natural disaster occur even worst rest on the location. These people didn’t have much income and they couldn’t afford to leave their house. Unfortunately the hurricane was much stronger than people anticipated, thus the amount of casualties and damage was so high.
    2. “In Baghdad, they they drop, they air drop water, food to people..so why can’t they do that to their own people?”(10) the quote talks about how the government is able to lend a hand to a foreign country with water but can not help their own people in Louisiana and Mississippi from a natural disaster. It is relevant to the reader because it shows that the government did not have priority to help people on homeland when they needed drinkable water to survive.

    The commander-in-chief just flew by… What if he ran out of jet fuel and just dropped huh, That woulda been something to watch (29)” (Minority Report).
    This means the government would do whatever they can to try to recover the commander-in-chief. This also means the people would be able to see the corruption in the government as the government looks after themselves and not the people. This is important because it shows the readers to understand the frustration the people have with the government as they government aren’t helping them.

    “Now it wasn’t on the nightly news no more Suddenly it didn’t matter to you no more In the end almost nothing changed.” (67) this quote mentions how the media decide to build hurricane Katrina old new and nothing has changed about how people are treated differently. It is important for the reader because it tells us that the media has power and business. They care about how many people are watching on their network and the country treats everyone differently by race, background, or culture and etc.

    3) If we had an earthquake in Bay Area i think people living in Walnut Creek will not have a greater damage done to them compared to cities that are wealthy. People living in Walnut Creek won’t have a huge issue because they have a lot of money to recover the damage that will be done to their city after the earthquake. People in Alameda will be affected by the earthquake because Alameda is a small city. Most of the population in Alameda are retired people and they will need assistance being disable. The effects of an earthquake on Oakland would be major for families that are living in need because they do not have a lot of food to begin with. Most of the buildings were built a long time ago and are gonna be fragile and will break easily. This can result to more injuries and death from collapse of buildings.

    Emmal A.

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  21. Xavier Salazar

    1.I believe families living in poverty and being near the Gulf of Mexico are the conditions that allowed for Katrina to cause the devastation. The reason why so many people were hurt by the natural disaster, while being warned because families could not afford gas or food to evacuate.

    2. “In Baghdad, they they drop, they air drop water, food to people..so why can’t they do that to their own people?”(10) the quote talks about how the government is able to help a foreign country with water but can not help people in Louisiana and Mississippi from a natural disaster. It is relevant to the reader because it shows the government did not have priority to help people on homeland when they needed drinkable water to survive.

    “Helicopter swooped down just to get a scoop Through his telescopic lens but he didn’t scoop you.” (25) Jay-Z talks about the helicopter from the media going around and filming the aftermath without trying to help anyone on the top of the roofs needing help. This quote is relevant to the reader because it shows the media wanted ratings over human life needing help.

    “Now it wasn’t on the nightly news no more Suddenly it didn’t matter to you no more In the end almost nothing changed.” (67) this quote mentions how the media decide to make hurricane Katrina old new and nothing has changed about how people are treated differently. It is important for the reader because it tells us the media is a business. They care about how many viewer are watching on their network and the country treats everyone differently by race, background, or culture.

    3. If we had a major earthquake in the Bay Area I think people living in Walnut Creek will not have a greater impact compare to a less wealthy cities. People living in Walnut Creek won’t have a big obstacle because they have a lot of money to restore their lives after the disaster. In Alameda it will affects people getting out of the island. Most of the population in the city are retirement people and they will need assistance being disable. The effects of an earthquake on Oakland would be families living in poverty will struggle the worst because they do not have a lot of food to begin with. Most of the buildings were built a long time ago. This can result to more injuries and death from collapse of buildings.

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  22. Shurentsetseg Battur (Rose)

    1) I think that because New Orleans is close to Gulf Of Mexico it caused the devastation to even worst. Natural disaster occur even worst depending on the location. Mongolia is surrounded by land and it’s not close to the ocean, because it’s not close to the ocean it is more safer if an hurricane happens. Those people who where there when the hurricane hit some didn’t have enough money to leave their home or some didn’t have a car to get away from the hurricane.

    2) “No one says the federal government is doing a good job.. And hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people… No water, I fought my country for years…. We need help, we really need help..” (Minority Report)
    a) People don’t talk about how good the government is doing they usually talk about how bad the government is doing. People in New Orleans didn’t get rescued when they thought the government will come and rescue.
    b) Many people have fought for this country, maybe not them but their loved once or their elders have fought for this country and the government didn’t rescue them.
    “Baby needed food and you stuck on the roof. Helicopter swooped down just to get a scoop. Through his telescopic lens but he didn’t scoop you.”( Minority Report)
    a) People need help but the government only helps the once who have more money then the others.
    b) Now days people do things depending on how much money that person has. If your poor and don’t have enough money then if any natural disaster happened your on your own.
    “Turn on the TV, seein’ the pain. Sayin’ such a shame. Then tryin’ to g on with my life. Of that, I too, am guilty.” (Minority Report)
    a) We see bad things happening but no one says anything. We feel bad about the things we saw but we tend to move on with our life.
    b) Everyday we see or hear about things that’s happening to people but we never say anything.
    3) If we have earth quake in the Bay Area people in Walnut Creek will be more safer during and after the earth quake because Walnut Creek is surrounded by land. But people in Alameda will experience the earth quake even more because it’s an small island. Also if the bridges break people in Alameda can’t go anywhere.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Hi, Rose, thank you for posting! It’s great that you are thinking of these types of natural disasters on a larger scale, like in Mongolia. Even if it were less likely that a hurricane would hit Mongolia, do you think that if there were some type of natural disaster, people would be as mistreated or abandoned as many of the people affected from Hurricane Katrina? Why or why not? Also, I think it’s great that you are thinking practically about what might happen if an earthquake hit the Bay Area (bridges breaking, etc;), but what similarities or differences can you predict to how the people might be affected? Do you think the government would react the same way as in Hurricane Katrina, or differently? Why or why not? Lots to consider – thank you for your thoughts.

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  23. Noel Burton

    1) I think the location of New Orleans is what allowed the devastation to occur. The location of the city is near the Gulf of Mexico and that’s the hurricane’s source. Water can easily flood the surrounding land and wipe out houses. These people didn’t have much income and they couldn’t afford to leave their house. They needed to wait for their social security income. They basically don’t have the necessities like other people have.

    2) “In Baghdad, they they drop, they air drop water, food to people.. why cant they do that to their own people? ” (Minority Report).
    This means that they don’t care about their citizens who desperately need the resources. This is important for readers to understand because it shows the true side of how the government doesn’t care about the citizens and misrepresents their claims. The government is suppose to protect their citizens, but they’re not taking the steps to help them.

    “The commander-in-chief just flew by… What if he ran out of jet fuel and just dropped huh, That woulda been something to watch” (Minority Report).
    This means the government would do whatever they can to try to retrieve the commander-in-chief. This also means the people would be able to see the corruption in the government as the government looks after themselves. This is important for readers to understand because it shows the frustration the people have with the government as they aren’t helped.

    “Now it wasn’t on the nightly news no more… Suddenly it didn’t matter to you no more… In the end almost nothing change… What the hell, what was that for?” (Minority Report).
    This means the government tried to act like they cared about the victims in New Orleans, but really didn’t act on it. This also means that we might not be able to rely many of the media displayed and have to rely on our instincts. This is important for reader’s to understand because people were given false information and we might not be able to rely on the government in a disaster.

    3) If we had an earthquake in the Bay Area, the people in Walnut Creek would be able to get access to freeways. We’re also past due for an earthquake and we’re suppose to experience a big one in the future. Walnut Creek has access to more land transportation to deliver supplies, if necessary. People in Alameda might have a challenge getting out of the city if the bridge breaks. People in Alameda might need air support for supplies. People in East Oakland would also have more land support. There are a lot of empty warehouses in Oakland. The warehouses are the older buildings that will fall.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Hi, Noel, thank you for posting! Great insight and feedback in your responses. I was especially curious about your first paragraph. You state “these people didn’t have much income and they couldn’t afford to leave.” Was this a direct quote from the song, or an opinion? Who, specifically are “these people,” and what facts help support this idea?
      I’m also intrigued by your thoughts on what could happen to folks if a natural disaster occurred locally. You have many logical ideas, such as challenges of the Bay Bridge breaking and warehouses falling, but how would the situation affect people as a whole? Do you think there would any similarities to Hurricane Katrina, as we saw Minority Report? How and why, or why not? Lots to consider – thanks for posting!

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  24. Omar kohgadai

    – Omar Kohgadai
    1- I believe the reason that hurricane was so devastating this time around, despite being predicted, because the people thought that it would not be as bad as it was considering that hurricanes are normal for them. Unfortunately the hurricane was much stronger than people anticipated, thus the amount of casualties and damage was so high.
    2-Jay Z quote a) ” It’s a dirty game so whatever is effective” I think this means that chaos has already ensued stealing and exploiting others for resources. it is important for the reader to understand because many people aren’t put into a situation where crime is so openly accepted to survive.
    Jay Z quote b) ” Baby needed food and you stuck on the roof” This quote is simple, the storm displaces people, putting the in very dangerous places and without any food or water. this quote shows how powerful hurricanes can be.
    Jay Z quote c) ” So we send a lil’ money money, tell em’ it’s alright. To be able to sleep at night” This quote means that people will help the people with need but only to make them feel as though that they are actually helping but in reality they just send a dew dollars and believe that it will help solve everything. This is important for readers, to show them that just sending money isn’t enough, inspire others to send food and other supplies, maybe personally go and help out the community.
    3- If a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area, I feel as though there would be a lot of chaos. If predicted, most of the populous would leave to a safe place but for those who cannot leave will feel the full blunt of the earthquake. Buildings in Oakland will probably crumble and the foundation of Alameda would break and the island would sink. Fissures would also open and consume people, cars, and buildings.

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    1. Miss Jiménez

      Hi, Omar. Thank you for your thoughtful posting! I especially appreciate the response to the third quote about inspiring others to send food and supplies and helping the community. Yes, so necessary!
      In the third paragraph, I was interested in the predictions on what might happen if an earthquake hit the Bay Area. What specific type of “chaos” do you predict? What would be some of the reasons for “those who cannot leave?” How do you think people would be personally affected? Can you predict any similarities or differences from Hurricane Katrina, or anything mentioned in ‘Minority Report?’
      Thank you for your thoughts. Please also be mindful of capitalizing letters when beginning sentences.

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  25. Luis Q

    The conditions are and because people lose home, Job and Many people lose family in this event but people can get oway of the have money or transports but those people who are poor didn’t can go oway.

    The quotes I take is people live like animals because people don’t care about other they only see for the own family and don’t care anything about poor people.

    If this going to happen in Bay Area I will be take my family and friends okay to the danger are to safety and to other people who don’t have any helps like poor people and homes because my family show me if you can help to so one and you have the way how to help why you not did

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