*On Monday, filmmaker Spike Lee received a Peabody Award for his HBO documentary series on the Hurricane Katrina devastation in New Orleans called “If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise.”
A sister piece, “When the Levees Broke Right: A Requiem in Four Acts” covers the rebuilding effort made by locals to stabilize their lives and recover from the tragedy.
Despite the most recent issues in the Midwest, Lee is steady focused on the hurricane that affected so many Black lives in New Orleans. He in fact had some harsh words for former President George Bush.
“Under the direction, of the chief of command, President George Bush, W., it took the United States government five days to come to rescue of its American citizens,” Lee said at the Peabody Awards ceremony. “Five days. And I know he’s written a book and whatnot, but no one’s ever explained, to this day, why it took five days. In fact, we talk about, in the first one, there was a typhoon in Sri Lanka, and we were there in 2 1/2 days, we were there, and that’s half way around the world, and yet it took five days for the United States to show up in New Orleans, and to this date, it’s never been explained why.”
He ended the conversation with a warning, telling the rest of the United States, it could happen anywhere:
“Here’s the thing we have to realize. The levees are all throughout the United States of America, it’s not just New Orleans, it’s not just Louisiana,” Lee said. “And from what I’ve been told from experts, the levee system of the United States of America is in shambles, and unless they get the Army Corps of Engineers together, people are going to be at risk. If you live in any coastal area in the United States America, you’re going to be at risk.”