The glaring mismanagement of the evacuation of New Orleans in the face of
Hurricane Katrina and the storm's after-math are examples of government
failure to aid those in need. Dr. Ruiz, in his column in the July 7 issue, was
straightforward and direct in taking our government to task for such failures.
I was pleased to read that he said it like he saw it and did not soften has
statements with generalities. The poor of New Orleans, who are predominately
African American, have not been given adequate support in their recovery
efforts. He is also correct in urging us to continue our fight against
The response of psychiatrists both through their professional organization
and as individuals was in direct contrast to that of the federal government.
Many psychiatrists from all over the country gave of their time and energy to
help the hurricane victims. Of this we can be proud. We can also be proud that
APA's president speaks out against injustice and prejudice.