Rich, poor, black, white, Lower 9th Ward, Garden District – I’ve talked with them all in the last few days and I’ve learned that they’ve all been impacted in different ways by the oil spill in the Gulf.
I was sent here on assignment to reach out to the unheard voices who have been impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But I’m a privileged middle-class woman from California.
Not too long ago, I left my career in hotel management and found myself working for an environmental non-profit organization. I have to admit that the reason I wound up there had less to do with my passion for the environment than my need for a steady gig to support myself. However, when I read the job posting working as the executive assistant to an environmental “power player,” I thought that perhaps I might benefit from exposing myself to a little green culture. Boy, did I have a lot to absorb!