The Negative Effects Of Hurricane Katrina

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On August 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States, resulting in eighty five percent of New Orleans becoming submerged under water. The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina led to the deaths of hundreds of black residents, many of whom lived in low-income and environmentally vulnerable areas. A plethora of images in the media demonstrated how much more likely black residents were to be left in demolished and devastating homes. This formed a heated debate on whether racism played a role in the placement of the black population in these environmentally vulnerable areas. Many people, such as Adolph Reed, argue that the placement of the black population in these areas that resulted in many deaths, has nothing to do with racism, and is solely a class dynamic. However, in order to really understand why there was a disproportionate negative impact on the poor, black population, we must acknowledge the unfair treatment administered by the housing and legal institutions of Louisiana. This unfair treatment can be seen through pre-Katrina institutional policies contributing to the residential segregation in New Orleans, which relocated most of the Black population to environmentally vulnerable areas. Many people, like Reed, are unaware of the impact that discriminatory policies had on the black population during this hurricane and it is important to bring up this topic since this disastrous event can repeat itself via an unwillingness to challenge
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