When Harvey first hit Texas, the things that divide our country seemed to fade away in the midst of devastation and loss. But it did not take long for cartoonist Matt Wuerker to bring that divide right back to the forefront with a drawing that Politico quickly published but then pulled. The cartoon showed a man in a 10-gallon hat and a Confederate flag shirt mistaking the Coast Guard for angels.
Wuerker was surprised at the controversy, he said he was making fun of the secessionist movement, not Texans in general.
Wuerker wasn’t alone, Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution also offered a similar take on Texans and the relief effort.
And the New York Times stepped up on Monday to keep fueling the fire of the divide. They published a piece on Texans and their “distrust of Washington” now colliding with their grave need for federal funding post-Harvey.
Bette Midler was one of their readers and reacted strongly to the article. She retweeted the headline with the charge” “No aid for them!”
That created a tweeting firestorm of responses. The divide was apparently just masked by some wind and waves.
What do you think about Bette Midler’s reaction and the response it has generated?