Stop Blaming the Victims

The First Step in Helping Victims of Natural Disasters and in particular Puerto Rico is to STOP BLAMING THE VICTIMS, Reflections, Mary E. Latela, September 30, 2017

An early tweet today from Pres. – plainly claims that PR citizens are not trying hard enough to recover  from the devastating Hurricane Maria.  Scholar  Ph.D. student modern religions observes:  US treating like a child who doesn’t know what it needs and must be scolded for speaking up is a 100 year old pattern.

In addition, “That Trump would call disgraceful for demanding help for is part of the logic: unruly kids need discipline”….” And she is a woman.”

 I wondered how long after Maria hit land would unapologetic racism, paternalism, sexism splash onto PR and awaken to “pushback” from D.C. It has arrived.

“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” Trump wrote from his New Jersey golf club.

The tweets amounted to a biting response to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who had accused the Trump administration of “killing us with the inefficiency” after Hurricane Maria. Desperate, and with her voice breaking with rage, she implored the president, who is set to visit the U.S. territory on Tuesday, to “make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”

“We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency,” Cruz said at a news conference. “I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying.”


About @LatelaMary

Author of 14 self-help books, five still available: Prepare Him Room, Ten Steps to Peace, Healing the Abusive Family, Moments for Mothers. Breaking the Boxes: critique of institutions vs. individuals. Work-in-progress: Memoir (Sorting out Secrets)
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