The South is known for its genteel nature, or it’s “southern charm”, if you will. Sweet tea, barbeque, and mint juleps line the pages of magazines such as Southern Living. Not a whole lot of people in the South really want to “rock the boat”.
As I see it, so many people in the gulf are layin’ low with regard to the oil spill and the Corexit poisoning. There are only a few brave souls like Kindra Arnesen, who are speaking out and saying “enough is enough”. Why aren’t more people speaking out? Surely, their children and families are being poisoned by oil and Corexit as well. Is their southern nature killing them?
If this was happening in Boston or San Francisco, you’d probably see riots, burning cars…you name it. I’m not sayin’ that we should be burnin’ gas stations, but think about it. Why is the South different? Are we the sweet, southern doormats of the nation? We just lay down and let BP and the federal government run over us…doesn’t that piss you off? It pisses me off and that’s why I started this blog.
The media keeps sayin’ “Oh, those people in the gulf, they’re so resilient”…in fact, the recent gulf recovery plan is called “One Gulf, resilient gulf: A plan for coastal community recovery”. Are we truly resilient or are we just really good at smilin’, puttin’ our heads down, gettin’ to work and keepin’ our mouths shut? I wrote about hangin’ in there last month, but I swear, the keepin’ the mouths shut part is what gets me.
I appreciate the sentiment of “resiliency” and I appreciate that there are organizations trying to help the gulf, but there needs to be action and it needs to happen now. Not five years from now, but ASAP. The people of the gulf don’t need your sympathy or pity. They need you to believe them when they say that the oil is still in the gulf and that they are being poisoned by Corexit exposure.
Listen fellow Southerners, you’ve got to stand up and give Obama, BP, and the rest of ’em your middle finger and tell ’em it isn’t right. They have poisoned our friends, families, waters and seafood and they could care less. In fact, Erin Brockovich spoke to folks in Pensacola, Florida at the beginning of the spill about just that, and here’s the article. This is one of my favorite Johnny Cash pictures: