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2005

Katrina's racial wake

In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil

09/08/05

Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath have stripped away the Mardi Gras veneer and casino gloss of the Gulf Coast region, and disclosed the stark disparities of class and race that persist in 21st century America. The growing gap between the rich and the poor in this country is old but underreported news -- perhaps in part because so many of the poor also are black. Accordingly, many Americans were surprised that most of the victims of the New Orleans flood were black: Their image of the Crescent City had been one of jazz, tasty cuisine and the good-natured excesses of its lively festivals. Where did all those black people come from, they wondered; and where were the white victims?

//www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2314/


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