Point of View is a handmade book about Hurricane Katrina, race, and the media. The book includes survivor stories, quotes from news sources, and found Youtube comments to create a layered story that questions what really happened during the disaster and its aftermath. The book also points out the bias and lack of credibility of our news sources, and calls attention to the racism and prejudice present in our society today.
In this project, I show two different perspectives of what occurred in New Orleans -- the racist, exaggerated story of the media, and the accounts and narratives of the survivors who actually lived through it. Throughout the book, the sensationalized media voice to overpowers and obscures the actual stories. The reader has to uncover the true stories on their own, which takes some effort. In formatting the stories like this, I'm making a point about how powerful the media is, and how the mainstream story is often from a certain (white and/or powerful) point of view and is not representative of actual events or other (black and/or poor) perspectives. I want to make the reader question their own assumptions about race, I want them to question how much they believe the media, and I want them to start to search harder for the truth.
Additionally, the book attempts to place Hurricane Katrina within the current context of racism in our country. Throughout the book, the reader finds a running timeline of race-related events in this country from the time of Hurricane Katrina to the present. At the same time, recent Youtube comments are interspersed throughout the book, showing people's current views on what happened during Hurricane Katrina and how it relates to the present. The reader is invited to make connections between Hurricane Katrina and police brutality, or the Flint water crisis, for example.