I was at Art of Diva’s Hair Design, my hair salon, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The salon is filled with stylists and clientele who are African American. As is always true, many conversations were swirling. I caught a word here and a word there. I heard a few bits of conversation about the Gulf Oil Crisis.
So I asked my hair stylist to share her thoughts about this frightening and monumental disaster.Dianne: How do you think BP is handling this crisis?
Stephanie: I think they are doing the best they can because they are losing money. They are losing money as the oil pours out the pipe in the Gulf. They are losing money on the stock market. They will have to pay out money to all the people in the Gulf who are suffering emotionally and financially.
Is there another method? Does anyone else have the expertise to do something different and better? I don’t know of any company who wouldn’t make a fix if there were simple solution to save the company.
D: What about the government? Are they doing enough?
S: I don’t think they are. They are not supervising to make sure the job gets done. They need to step up!
D: Should locals in the Gulf get involved?
S: What the heck can they do? BP does not need to be thinking about the safety of fisherman in boats with no experience going out into the Gulf trying to skim the oil. If something happens—illness from the oil fumes, a damaged boat, or physical injury–to a local without experience then BP will be made responsible. If the local people make things worse, then what? BP and the government need to monitor all this, cap the hole in the pipe, and lead clean-up.D: Is President Barack Obama being visible enough during the crisis?
S: Yes, he has spoken up. I have seen and heard him on television in few instances.
D: How are you feeling about the environmental impact?
S: I am so scared for the wildlife. I’ve seen images on television of seagulls covered in oil. People were cleaning the oil off the birds. I remember seeing the seals dead in the water back with the Exxon Valdez spill. I am so sad and worried for the wildlife and the people affected down in Gulf.
A few minutes after we finished talking, Stephanie said, “Look. there’s Obama.”To all the creatures who have died in the Gulf in the last month or so — Rest in Peace.