Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster

Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster

by Jeremy I. Levitt
     
 

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Although the storm devastated the region and its citizens, the desolation left in its wake did not extend across racial and class lines equally. Combining original research and advocacy, Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster questions the efficacy of… See more details below

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Although the storm devastated the region and its citizens, the desolation left in its wake did not extend across racial and class lines equally. Combining original research and advocacy, Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster questions the efficacy of the national and global responses to Katrina's central victims, African Americans. This collection of polemical essays explores the extent to which African Americans and others were, and are, disproportionately affected by the natural and man-made forces that caused Hurricane Katrina. This engaged study keenly demonstrates that the ways in which we view our history and life have serious ramifications on modern human relations, public policy, and quality of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900803217606
Publisher:
Longleaf Services
Publication date:
05/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction "Truth Crushed to Earth Will Rise Again": Katrina and Its Aftermath Jeremy I. Levitt Levitt, Jeremy I. Matthew C. Whitaker Whitaker, Matthew C. 1

1 Letters from a Native Son: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Mitchell F. Crusto Crusto, Mitchell F. 23

2 After Katrina: Laying Bare the Anatomy of American Caste Bryan K. Fair Fair, Bryan K. 35

3 Hurricane Katrina and the "Market" for Survival: The Role of Economic Theory in the Construction and Maintenance of Disaster Charles R. P. Pouncy Pouncy, Charles R. P. 50

4 The Internal Revenue Code Don't Care about Poor, Black People Andre L. Smith Smith, Andre L. 81

5 Judging under Disaster: The Effect of Hurricane Katrina on the Criminal Justice System Phyllis Kotey Kotey, Phyllis 105

6 From Worse to Where? African Americans, Hurricane Katrina, and the Continuing Public Health Crisis Alyssa G. Robillard Robillard, Alyssa G. 132

7 Failed Plans and Planned Failures: The Lower Ninth Ward, Hurricane Katrina, and the Continuing Story of Environmental Injustice Carlton Waterhouse Waterhouse, Carlton 156

8 "Still Up on the Roof": Race, Victimology, and the Response to Hurricane Katrina Kenneth B. Nunn Nunn, Kenneth B. 183

9 Governmental Liability for the Katrina Failure Linda S. Greene Greene, Linda S. 206

10 Katrina, Race, Refugees, and Images of the Third World Ruth Gordon Gordon, Ruth 226

11 "Been in the Storm So Long": Katrina, Reparations, and the Original Understanding of Equal Protection D. Marvin Jones Jones, D. Marvin 255

Epilogue Jeremy I. Levitt Levitt, Jeremy I. Matthew C. Whitaker Whitaker, Matthew C. 277

Bibliography 281

Contributors307

Index 313

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