Diverse Groups of People Helping Each Other in Houston Shows Mainstream Media Divide FAIL

Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Activism, Conscious Living, Inspirational with 0 Comments
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By Rachel Blevins |  The Free Thought Project  
Just weeks after violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, brought fuel to the fire making many believe that Americans are more divided than ever before, the scene in Houston, Texas, is the exact opposite.

The impact of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas has been described by officials as “catastrophic” and the National Weather Services released a statement saying, “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced.”

The before and after photos showing the record flooding that has overtaken the city of Houston are both heartbreaking and humbling:

Given the recent media coverage that has dominated headlines, one might think that there would also be reports of white nationalist groups flocking to Houston to help all of the white citizens, and members of AntiFa coming to the rescue of anyone hanging an anti-Trump banner from their front door. But the exact opposite is true.

The true heroes that are emerging in Houston aren’t defined by the color of their skin, or their religious or political affiliations. They are defined by the difference they are making in a community that needs their help.

I’m going to go try to save some lives,” a man from Texas City told a reporter, as he helped lower a boat into the floodwaters.

The sentiment of unity was shared across social media, and people of all backgrounds and races came together to rescue the elderly, children, and pets from the dangerous flood waters.

Residents of Houston are also receiving help from the Cajun Navy, a grassroots group of volunteers that made its name by rescuing stranded families during a massive flood in Louisiana last year.

In addition to filling its Facebook page with messages on how people can help the victims of the storm, the group gathered volunteers in Baton Rouge on Monday, with a fleet of trucks and boats, in preparation for its rescue trip to Houston.

One of the most important things about the Cajun Navy is that it is demonstrating the impact everyday Americans can have when they come together and volunteer their time and resources. In many ways, they make a difference faster and on a greater scale than the federal government.

As New Orleans journalist Karen Dalton-Beninato noted, “Private boat owners are rescuing more from Harvey than any agency could. Like Louisiana’s Cajun Navy did last year.”

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