Aug 17, 2015
Kristen McQueary, a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, ACTUALLY SAID she wishes for a storm like Hurricane Katrina to do “for” Chicago what Katrina did “for” New Orleans. In her words, she’d like to see “an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city forced onto rooftops.”
For the more honest mouthpieces of the ruling class like McQueary, this is what a massive human catastrophe stands for. Never mind the more than 1800 people dead and upwards of 70,000 people, most of them black, removed from New Orleans. McQueary simply gave voice to the sick and twisted views of the bourgeoisie, who used Katrina as an “opportunity” to turn the public schools over to private, profit-generating charters and to rebuild the New Orleans tourist industry as they wished.
The wealthy class, the banks and the corporations have already found other ways to accomplish similar things in cities like Detroit, New York, and yes, even Chicago. It’s clear this is what they wish for. It’s up to the working class to show them we’re willing to fight for a different vision – one where the people who produce for society don’t have to sacrifice their lives and their children’s futures so that a tiny few can live in splendor.