Tuesday, April 03, 2007
THANKS GOOGLE. Now, to repeat: We are not okay.
The first picture is Archbishop Hannan High School, where I worked for six or seven years. It was a wonderful place.
The second picture is what's left of Archbishop Hannan High School. Those things where the football field used to be are trailers, where Murphy Oil Refinery workers had to live because their homes were all destroyed. The summer camp swimming pool is just a black hole now. If you use Google and really zoom in, you can see the baseball park lights laying on the ground.
That school changed lives for almost 20 years. Now it's broken, moved to the Northshore, and being systematically screwed up by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Longtime friendships have been wrecked as a result of Katrina- and ACOE-induced chaos. Some of my friends, people who worked together for years to make a beautiful place that made a difference, no longer speak to one another because of the fallout from all of the chaos. Just more collateral damage.
Bad leadership creates a lot of collateral damage.