Harvey, Houston and the Left

Harvey, Houston and the Left, by John Hinderaker.

As countless observers have pointed out, the remarkable response of the people of Houston to Hurricane Harvey stands as a rebuke to the race-baiting Left. Despite the Left’s endless incitement to hatred, when disaster struck, people of all races and backgrounds cooperated in a remarkably successful effort to minimize the damage.

Hurricane Harvey revealed the awesome power of real America, by Glenn Reynolds

The government response to Harvey — unlike the earlier botched responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy — seems to be going well. But the real story isn’t what the government is doing. It’s what ordinary Americans are doing.

Across the affected area, Americans are coming together to help each other. Despite the racial divisions exacerbated by small numbers of fanatics on the left and right, (and amplified by the press), out in the real America white people, black people and Asians helped each other, men rescued women and children, and so on. The “Cajun Navy,” which had so distinguished itself in response to flooding in Louisiana, took its boats to Texas and started saving people. …

People formed human chains to rescue victims, a black man (sent via Chik-fil-A) rescued an elderly white woman from her home on a jet-ski, driving it right out of her flooded living room. Some of the people helping were rich, others clearly were not. Likewise those they helped. The photos of rescuers and rescued show the kind of wide-ranging diversity that our colleges and corporations aspire to, but usually fail to deliver. …

The good news is that while disaster-relief authorities used to look down on civilians who wanted to help — amateur rescuers in Katrina had to literally sneak in to New Orleans — now they’ve embraced what they call “whole community response,” in which the efforts of volunteers and residents are welcomed, and in which citizens are encouraged to prepare for disasters in advance. …

What’s amazing is how much of the traditional American “can-do” spirit survives despite a media environment that is relentlessly and seemingly purposefully negative, almost as if it’s designed to divide and demoralize us.