I remember it like it was yesterday, skipping class during my senior year of college to read every story I could on what was unfolding in New Orleans.
|Sgt Garland Ogden (left), with an Australian tourist he helped evacuate from the Superdome|
Hurricane Katrina had hit, and the progeny of the Great Society (liberalism's Frankenstein experiment) was set loose upon one of America's great cities.
How I wanted to be in New Orleans during the madness and drink a warm beer at one of the bars on Bourbon Street after a day of keeping the city safe from the lawlessness unfolding, which the entire world erroneously blamed on George W. Bush (what happened after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans was just the outward expression of collective blackness and the genetic limitations of individual blacks when left to try and keep alive a civilization they had hand in building).
Every "racist" thought I had ever had and every "racist" sentence I had ever said came to stunning life after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, exposing Africa in Our Midst for those willing to look and honestly surmise what was unfolding before their eyes.
Those engaging in dishonesty regarding what unfolded in New Orleans from August 27 - September 6, 2005 are biological detritus, willfully ignorant to what approaches on the horizon.
In our lifetime, we will see the United States of America collapse (for those who can see, it already has...); in our lifetime, we will see Europe flooded with third world colonizers; in our lifetime, we will see hope teeter on the precipice of disaster.
But it's on the edge of calamity we see true inspiration arise.
And in studying the insanity of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, one name stands as a reminder to why hope will survive: Garland Ogden. [EXCLUSIVE: BRITS' HELL INSIDE THE TERROR DOME - TERRIFIED British students tell of dead bodies, rape, crack, gunshots, filth and a sickening stench filling the thick air., The Mirror, 9-2-2005]:
BRITISH students told yesterday how they stepped out of the horror of Hurricane Katrina into the hell of their Superdome "shelter".
A place of refuge became a terrifying trap, where knives and guns, crack cocaine use, threats of violence and racial abuse were rife.
Jamie Trout, 22, who kept a record of his four days there, said: "It was like something out of Lord of the Flies - one minute everything is calm and civil, the next it descends into chaos."
In one diary entry, he said: "A man has been arrested for raping a seven-year-old in the toilet, this place is hell, I feel sick. The smell is horrendous, there are toilets overflowing and people everywhere."
As the evacuation of the 70,000- capacity arena continued yesterday, the swamped city of New Orleans descended into near barbarism.
The looting and carjacking of recent days showed no sign of slowing. Gunfire was aimed at police and helicopters attempting to ferry the sick from hospitals, accompanied by shouts of: "You better come get my family."
Ten thousand National Guardsmen were sent in from across the US to the flood-ravaged Gulf coast.
At least seven bodies lay unclaimed in the streets around the New Orleans Convention Centre - one a woman in a wheelchair covered by a blanket.
Daniel Edwards, 47, pointed at her and said: "I don't treat my dog like that...I buried my dog."
Amid criticism of government inaction, he added: "You can do everything for other countries but you can't do nothing for your own people.
"You can go overseas with the military but you can't get them down here."
Thousands of storm refugees massed outside the convention building, waiting for buses that never came. They had no food, water or medicines.
The Rev Issac Clark, 68, said: "We are out here like pure animals. We don't have help."
In what may be America's worst natural disaster for a century, 80 per cent of a city of 500,000 people was under water up to 20ft deep. Thousands could be dead.
At the Superdome, at least 25,000 people were moved out yesterday as New Orleans Mayor Nagin vowed: "Come hell or high water we will evacuate people today, I'll march them out if I have to." Soldiers with M16 assault rifles and grenade launchers tried to control crowds desperate to get out.
At least one person died in the arms of a soldier. A National Guardsman was wounded in the leg by his own gun in a struggle with two men and a military helicopter was shot at while ferrying away a casualty.
Brit diary-writer Jamie had been coaching football to disabled children as part of the Camp America scheme.
Jamie, who was with two friends, said: "We were in Miami for three or four days when Katrina first hit.
"We rode that storm out and then decided to go to New Orleans. We didn't realise the storm was heading that way."
He said of his eventual Superdome refuge: "There was a lot of heat from the people in there, people shouting racial abuse about us being white.
"The army warned us to keep our bags close to us and to grip them tight."
Jamie, an economics student from Sunderland, said he saw crack cocaine being used in the filthy toilets, youngsters breaking into soft drink machines and men brawling.
Urine and excrement spilled into corridors where they were sleeping.
At one point, up to 30 British students gathered in the dome were so terrified of attack when the power went down that they set up a makeshift security cordon.
Zoe Smith, 21, from Hull, said: "All us girls sat in the middle while the boys sat on the outside, with chairs as protection.
"We were absolutely terrified, the situation had descended into chaos, people were very hostile and the living conditions were horrendous.
"We had to wash with tiny bottles of water, the sink was blocked and full of gunk.
Even when we offered to help with the cleaning, the locals gave us abuse."
Some students said they saw an 18-inch knife confiscated from one man and many others had guns and other weapons.
Marisa Haigh, 23, from Guildford, who is studying at Birmingham University, and Claire Watkins, 23, a student from Bradford, had arrived in New Orleans last Saturday after a trip across the US.
Claire said: "We went out drinking on Saturday night and had an awesome time.
"On Sunday we had hangovers and hadn't heard or read anything about the hurricane coming in. We only realised there was something wrong when we went out in the street and no one was around, everywhere was shut or boarded up."
They were in the Superdome when Katrina hit. Marisa said: "There was a series of almighty bangs when the roof went and a panel flew off.
"There was a woman screaming, 'We're gonna die, we're all gonna die'."
Eventually many of the students were moved to the nearby basketball arena, thanks to Sgt Garland Ogden, a full-timer with the National Guard.
Jane Wheeldon, 20, said: "He went against a lot of rules to get us moved."Never forget: our job was never to save America. It was to survive America.
And if we do survive, the story of Sgt Garland Ogden will be remembered.
For over a horrific few days in late August - early September 2005, he watched as those few white people in the Superdome were forced to endure a post-European world where Africa reigned supreme.
And he made the choice to do something to ensure they had a future.