The end of this summer has been a rough one for the United States. It began with the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia., where a rally of white supremacists spun out of control and further exposed the ugly divisions in our country.
Weeks later, two powerful hurricanes struck our coasts and devastated major cities.
All of these events were tragic, but at least with the recent storms, there is a noticeable silver lining.
The violence at Charlottesville represented the worst of our country. It was a showcase of the terrible acts people are capable of when fueled by hatred and bigotry. The response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma represent the best.
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People across the country sprang to action. Those in the affected areas got on boats, rafts and canoes to rescue people still trapped by the floodwaters.
Those outside the affected areas donated money and supplies and took to social media to call on others to help.
After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA was scrutinized for its slow and woeful response. So far, it appears the federal response to this year’s hurricanes has been substantially better.
Still, we as a people learned that we can’t always rely on the government to help our fellow Americans. Sometimes it’s better if we just do it ourselves.
Neighbors helping neighbors. That is the type of America we like to envision.