by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Projects:
As Houston experiences catastrophic flooding, the scene of volunteers helping stranded citizens is one that shatters the narrative of unbreakable division.
Just weeks after violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, brought fuel to the fire making many believe that Americans are more divided than ever before, the scene in Houston, Texas, is the exact opposite.
The impact of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas has been described by officials as “catastrophic” and the National Weather Services released a statement saying, “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced.”
The before and after photos showing the record flooding that has overtaken the city of Houston are both heartbreaking and humbling:
Given the recent media coverage that has dominated headlines, one might think that there would also be reports of white nationalist groups flocking to Houston to help all of the white citizens, and members of AntiFa coming to the rescue of anyone hanging an anti-Trump banner from their front door. But the exact opposite is true.
The true heroes that are emerging in Houston aren’t defined by the color of their skin, or their religious or political affiliations. They are defined by the difference they are making in a community that needs their help.
“I’m going to go try to save some lives,” a man from Texas City told a reporter, as he helped lower a boat into the floodwaters.
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