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why can’t hurricane names be culturally diverse

hurricane muhammad

hurricane shaniqua 

hurricane nguyen 

because white people destroy everything.


This year’s Atlantic hurricane name list includes Cristobal, Edouard, Gonzalo, Isaias, Marco, and Omar. North Pacific storm names for 2014 will include Cristina, Elida, Fausto, Hernan, Iselle, Julio, Odile, and Yolanda. Central North Pacific storm names are Hawaiian and possibly other Polynesian- Akoni, Moke, Nolo, Olana, and so on. Storms that arise in the Western North Pacific and in the South China Sea receive names drawn from the languages of nations in the area- Damrey, Haikui, Kirogi, Kai-Tak, Tembin, Bolaven, Sanba, Jelawat, Ewiniar, Maliksi, and so on. Australia maintains its own list of names to assign storms in its area of ocean, as do New Zealand, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the countries bordering on the Indian Ocean. All of which are locally appropriate names or words- including, from the Southwest Indian Ocean countries, Khabonina, Ximene, Vuyane, and Yarona.

You will never, ever see an Atlantic hurricane named Jesus or Muhammed regardless of how common those names are in any of the countries bordering the affected ocean, because of the potential for offense should any storm with either of those names harm so much as a single human being. The organizations that select storm name lists each year in various regions go to considerable effort to avoid giving offense, and to choose names that are familiar to people in their area of service.

That’s all. Sorry to spoil the joke, but I used to work for the Red Cross and I had to get familiar with this stuff pretty quickly.


Easter Sunday (top-bottom)

  1. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  2. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  3. Harlem 1943 by Weegee
  4. South Side, Chicago 1941 by Russell Lee
  5. South Side, Chicago 1941 by Russell Lee
  6. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  7. South Side, Chicago,. 1941 by Edwin Rosskam
  8. Harlem 1940 by Weegee
  9. Harlem 1955 by William Klein
  10. Harlem (W. 117th St. and Seventh Ave) 1939

Hats, glorious hats…

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