The Separation Of Ethics And Government

1819 Words Jan 21st, 2015 8 Pages
“Ethics is the manner by which we try to live our lives according to a standard of right or wrong” (Ghillyer). And government ethics is “the application of ethical rules to government”
(Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.). The separation of ethics and government was seen with the unraveling of Hurricane Katrina, which was a category 4 hurricane that made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005. New Orleans, Louisiana was a racially segregated city occupied predominately by a black majority and had defied regional trends by reaching a new ceiling of poverty. The community was vulnerable to their environment and to the government. When vulnerable, the option for unethical responses heightens. Hurricane Katrina was the opportunity needed for the government to defy ethical responsibility and to exploit the vulnerability of the poor.
A majority of New Orleans is below sea-level and is surrounded by the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. When Hurricane Katrina hit southeast Louisiana and east New Orleans, “levees and flood walls failed or were breached in more than 50 locations. Eighty percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, to a depth of more than 3 m (10 ft.) in some neighborhoods” (New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Levee Failures). Ivor van Heerden was the deputy director and a hurricane expert at Louisiana State University. He and his colleagues had generated computer models showing the potential devastation of a large storm to New Orleans. Since 2001 Ivor and his team…
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