By: Sydney D
On a Sunday, September 24th 2017, Puerto Rico was left in devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Which left the country almost entirely without power, water, and a ways of outside communication. This does not include the many who were already facing damages from Hurricane Irma, that clipped the island almost two weeks prior, and were already left without power. On this same day the majority of headlines were focused on “Trump vs NFL”, while Puerto Rico remained a news ticker at the bottom of the television screen.
The President spent majority of the weekend berading a group of athletes and only spoke on Puerto Rico Monday, in three concerning tweets, later (Tuesday 26th) giving a live statement on the delay in providing help to island. Although while this is happening the damage of his weekend speech and tweets is already done. Majority of America’s focus is now in a battle of constitutional rights vs social laws. Bringing up questions over topics such as when is protesting okay and if money and platform equates to a lost of the first amendment. Not to mention the larger argument of disrespecting the military.
Under normal circumstances? This would be great, bring light to discussions that need to happen, and happening outside of a tragedy involving someone of color being shot. But instead all it is doing is proving what is a common thought outside of America- well one of them. That when it comes to American’s anyone who isn’t seen as “American” citizenship or not, is placed on a lesser scale of importance.
Puerto Rico was- is- devastated, and America spent the weekend arguing over whether or not a hundred plus year old song and a piece of fabric holds the country’s and military’s’ value. That brings about the question of what that speaks to other countries. What that says about America, and the fact that we didn’t address what happened to American citizens until a two weeks and two hurricanes hit them? Not much, or a lot, depending on which side of the “Do you like America?” argument you're on.
Currently, while FEMA tries to organize a way to touch ground in Puerto Rico and help, the media is starting to bring more coverage about the situation on the island, and what people can do to help. Hopefully with more awareness will come more help and a quicker recovery- or as quick as it can be.
And the “Kneel or No Kneel” argument? Although important, can safely be the news ticker in American media for the time.
A 18-year old who spends most of my time reading and taking photos. Most of what I write here is just things that I personally hope is interesting, important, or at the very least funny.
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