Monday, September 25, 2017

What About Puerto Rico?

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    So far this month we have had three devastating hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Harvey was particularly devastating for Texas, Florida and parts of the Gulf Coast. Irma badly damaged parts of Florida including the Florida Keys. Maria literally wiped out St. John and St. Thomas, islands of the US Virgin Islands, before almost destroying Puerto Rico.

    For a week we saw non-stop coverage of Harvey and it's aftermath in Texas.  We saw Texans and the American people coming together to help their fellow countrymen who were suffering from the ravages of the hurricane.  Donations flooded in to help the residents of Texas, as they should.  When hurricane Maria struck the US Virgin Islands it totally destroyed the islands of St. John and St. Thomas.  Nothing was left! I am sure many people have visited these beautiful island while on a cruise of the Caribbean.  But now it is all gone! Even the palm trees have been destroyed!  Next in line for Maria was Puerto Rico.  The entire island lost power and are just about out of water and food!

    Where was the constant media coverage of this tragedy?  There was sparse coverage of the devastation in this part of the US.  Only MSNBC covered the devastation in length and asked for donations for these citizens.  People were interviewed regarding sending help to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and their ignorant responses were downright sickening!  People actually said our money should go to Americans and not foreigners living in the Caribbean!  What ignorant fools!  They are not smart enough to realize that Puerto Rico, St. John and St. Thomas ARE part of the US and their citizens ARE Americans!  Even our so called President ignored them, paying attention to tweeting about Hillary or the NFL players exercising their First Amendment rights!

    Just maybe the reasons why these islands were either ignored or paid little attention to were that they were not white and some spoke Spanish?  Just a thought.

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