More than a decade ago, Hurricane Katrina served to expose a well-engineered system of oppression, one which continues to privilege some groups and disadvantage others. In the wake of the natural disaster that hit New Orleans, it became clear that institutions such as residential segregation, mass incarceration and unemployment, police brutality, political disenfranchisement, racial profiling, gentrification, community occupation, discrimination, and a prison-to-school pipeline are expressly intended to work against people of color and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Unfortunately, very little has improved in the lives of people living in majority-minority communities since Katrina.
After the Storm uses Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of the natural disaster as a point of departure for understanding enduring racial divides in asset ownership, academic achievement, educational attainment, and mass incarceration in New Orleans and beyond. The book explores the many specific aspects of the widespread problem and considers how to move toward achieving a state where all can thrive. Readers will better appreciate the key roles of race, inequality, education, occupation, and militarization in understanding the failures in the responses to this disaster and grasp how institutionalized inequity continues to plague our nation.
- Provides a fascinating exploration of how Hurricane Katrina revealed the continued role of race in America and the inescapable social, economic, and political divide within the United States
- Tackles the tough challenges facing the nation, especially for people of color and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and identifies the changes needed to allow members of these groups to thrive
- Presents information relevant to readers interested in or studying African American studies, community studies, criminal justice, demography, disaster studies, education, ethnic studies, political science, public management, sociology, or urban studies or planning