Social Poverty

Decent Essays
A stigma was created a long time ago in the United States that the rich deserved everything. They got everything. They could have worked hard for what they got. They could have been born into wealth. Either way, they are wealthy and despite what anyone believes, there are many benefits to wealth. At least, in comparison to living a life of poverty.
It’s privilege in a basic form. This carries on into numerous factors of life. One which I’m concentrating today is on the privilege of land, more so, on how the poor are exploited during extreme events.

Take New Orleans, Louisiana during a hurricane for example:

During 1965, Hurricane Betsy came into the gulf, destroying New Orleans. The residents of the community believed that the impoverished neighborhoods were purposely flooded due to a dam to keep nicer neighborhoods in tact. Apparently these allegations were never investigated, leaving residents to speculate on the possibility that they were being exploited to protect wealthier people. This is social neglect at its finest, considering that these impoverished, minority populated communities were exposed to these risky factors.

Now take 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

Canal Street is flooded a day after Hurricane Katrina blew through Aug. 30, 2005 in New Orleans. Today, nearly 1 in 3 black residents have not returned to the city after the storm. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
New Orleans was in a state of emergency, predicting that the level of the hurricane was at
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