Hurricane Katrina and Racism Today
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The paper argues that Hurricane Katrina's victims were not only victims of a horrendous storm, but of horrendous inequality because of their race. The paper discusses how the Bush administration disappointed the country in the process of dealing with Hurricane Katrina and contends that his neglect can be linked to his obsession with fighting a war in Iraq. The paper shows how the story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath paints a picture of a racist government and a nation that has yet to rid itself entirely of its historical prejudice against black people.
From the Paper:"Three years after Hurricane Katrina, we are still reeling in the aftermath: questions of racism and class and how Katrina exposed racism and class disparity in America, and how the government of our country let us down on so many fronts - locally, statewide, and federally. Many blacks in New Orleans affected by the hurricane spoke out saying that they felt like victims of genocide - comparing what happened to them and how they were treated akin to the Holocaust. Many people, especially politicians, have spoken out saying that the likening to the Holocaust is completely inappropriate because no gas chambers were utilized, leaving many to wonder if racism doesn't exist without outright violence. Communities in New Orleans have said that people died because of abject neglect - neglect that happened because the people were black and the government didn't care about them."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Dyson, Michael Eric. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. Basic Civitas: Perseus Book Group. 2006.
- Gilman, Nils. "What Katrina teaches about the meaning of racism". Understanding Katrina. 2006, June 11. Retrieved on December 16, 2008 from, http://understandingkatrina.ssrc.org/Gilman/
- Horne, Jed. Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City. Random House Trade Paperback Edition. 2006.
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