Thanksgiving Is Ruined
September 08, 2005
Yesterday while I looked for some tax documents in a disgracefully towering stack of paper under my desk, out tumbled the latest issue of Southern Exposure: the Journal of the Progressive South. The cover photo by Hart Matthews shows a car submerged in flood waters. The issue's theme: "Acts of God? How Natural Are Natural Disasters?"
From the introductory essay, written in fall 2004 by editor Chris Kromm:
"Strictly speaking," says the United Nations in their International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, "there are no such things as natural disasters." There are only natural hazards, the U.N. says – which only become "disasters" if communities are vulnerable or unprepared for whatever nature has in store.
The Institute for Southern Studies publishes the journal and also has a blog.