The White Maroon

When the storm surges flooded New York on October 29th, and hurricane-strength winds made land fall in New Jersey, wreaking havoc across twenty-four states, from Florida to Maine and as far west as Michigan and Wisconsin, the eyes and resources of the world’s media were already focused on the United States. Hurricane Sandy provided them with excitement, coinciding as it did with the final days of a lacklustre presidential election campaign. However, while Obama and Romney were showcasing their leadership skills in times of catastrophe, little was said about the devastation already caused by this tropical storm far from the vigilance of the massed ranks of international television crews and newspaper reporters. While we are continually being reminded of the vast cost of this disaster, in human and financial terms, to the eastern United States, considerably less has been said of the impact Sandy has had on the considerably more…

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