Paper 1: Summary Response
In the reading of The Voices of Hurricane Katrina, Part I, Abe Lois Young represents Hurricane Katrina survivors that had their shared experiences from Katrina appropriated by another author, Raymond McDaniels. Hurricane Katrina brought widespread devastation, and the survivors that chose to share their stories made this very apparent. The six survivors that were inappropriately showcased by McDaniels were given what turned out to be a false sense of security through promises made by Young. One of these many promises were that none of the stories would be reprinted or used without their permission. This fell through when Young picked up McDaniels poem, and realized he knew the stories, not word for word; but well enough to know who these experiences belonged to. It appears, this is exactly what happened. McDaniels robbed the voices of six African American survivors, changed the chronological order of events, names, and published his 19 page, six part poem Saltwater Empire without their permission. McDaniels does not see this as a problem because he believes he accredits the source by saying his texts were drawn from Young’s team. Young argues that this is “…highly unethical to use individual narratives in an anonymous and interchangeable way, especially given [the] context. To bring it down to concrete reality, when a person loses their loved ones, home, pets, belongings, as well as the city of their birth, control of their story may be all they have left”. (Young). This is not only something sad to read upon, but it is an affliction. The survivors were promised shelter, only to have it destroyed in the same way Katrina destroyed cities, homes, and lives. The heartache of the victims of Hurricane Katrina is illustrated through one survivor whose face has been plastered across newspapers, and magazines, on “the [covers] of coffee-table books she can’t afford to buy. [She is] pictured praying for mercy, screaming, “Help us,...
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