Power: Who Has It and Who Doesn’t

Hello Everyone

When sitting thinking about this blog and what I should put on it while doing the manual takes the seem to consume everyday lives, things like dishes and folding Landry.

I started to think about a couple of things one of which will be worked through with this post and the other in another post. The focus of this post will be the power relationship that is present between the company of Exxon and those who relied on the sound to make a living.

With this disaster I think that the company of Exxon held all of the power no questions asked. They were the ones that put the caption of the ship into the position, they were the ones that understaffed the ship, they were the ones that choose to operate a single hulled tanker, they are the ones that choose to not check in with the company, which was responsible for the cleanup. The company was in a position, and can be argued that still is today, of making all the choices that can affect everyone else without really truly caring about these people.

While the people who live and rely so heavily on the Sound for survival were placed into a position where they were so very venerable to the acts of those, in this case the company. They did not have a say in who was on the ship, or if there was a full crew, they were not able to communicate their fears surrounding a single hulled ship if they were even given the knowledge surrounding it. The company who is in the business of disposable saw the people, who lived within these small communities, in one way as disposable.

This is the thought that made me stop and think. How could anyone view another human as something disposable? This then brought the questions of did they wee the humans as disposable or just there way of life. I feel as if the answer to this question lies within the story of the fisherman who were attempting to save a hatchery from the oil. They were dropped booms by either the government or the company it is not 100% clear. But when this was happening the company was debating as to the best place to secure the booms in order to catch the most amount of oil. But the fisherman has already attached them. This is where I think that the company saw their way of life as disposable in a way. These people did not need to live this is area, there are other places to live so the .01% chance that a spill could happen is small enough to not worry about preventing it, just like they did not see the rush to protect the hatchery.

Exxon Mobile held the power when I came to the spilling of the oil, who it would effect but also, how the cleaning up fo the oil would happen and when it was clean. The power relationship within disasters is fascinating but even more so when the people who are being the most deeply affected are in little known communities of less than 5000 people.

-Alexis

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