Taking to Twitter, Christina Pushaw pushed back against Kamala Harris’ statements about Hurricane Ian relief. «This is false,» she lambasted the VP, adding her «rhetoric is causing undue panic and must be clarified.» Pushaw then stated that «FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background.»
Many other Twitter users expressed their outrage over Harris’ comments, with one person calling for her resignation and adding, «A Hurricane knows no race.»
But other voices quickly joined the conversation, with someone else tweeting, «This country hasn’t lived up to [its] promise. EQUITY always scares white folks.» Someone else begged the leader to just stop the politics in light of how many people are suffering.
Indeed, as of time of writing, 46 people are confirmed dead in the Sunshine State, while hundreds of thousands of people in multiple states are still without power (via The Weather Channel).
But it’s also important to report that according to the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, the long term effects of natural disasters do weigh far more heavily on communities of color and low-income areas.