Hurricane Katrina's Racial Implications: Background information when reading The Floating World

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The Floating World

by C. Morgan Babst

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The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst
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    Oct 2017, 384 pages
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Hurricane Katrina's Racial Implications

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New Orleans was, and is, a city with a majority African-American population (nearly 67% in 2005), and the racial implications of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina have come to define the way many people think of the storm. 68% of the storm's nearly 700 victims were black, as were an overwhelming number of those whose homes were destroyed and who sought refuge in the Superdome shortly after the storm made landfall. The areas most susceptible to flooding were (and are still) largely populated by poor African Americans, as was the case with one of the hardest hit neighborhoods, the Lower Ninth Ward. Many residents were unable to evacuate in advance of the storm due to a lack of financial resources, and because traffic out of the city was at a standstill.

Flooded I-10/I-610/West End Blvd interchange and surrounding area of northwest New Orleans As described in The Floating World, the National Guard (and private security forces) patrolled neighborhoods, pursuing an attempt at law and order with undeniable racial undertones. One National Guard commander was ...

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