Racism During Hurricane Katrina Essay

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Racism and classism are very big issues in the world today. The state, local and federal government's slow response to assist and evacuate the left behind poor, mostly Black people of Katrina is an example of racism and classism today. As explained by reporter Mike Davis (2005), "the ultimate revelation of Katrina was how the promise of equal rights for poor African Americans has been dishonored and betrayed by every level of government."(Johnson) I feel the response of the local, state and federal authorities to the Katrina disaster was inadequate and it demonstrated the continuing relevance of race and class for many reasons. They had a plan in place for an evacuation, there were resources to help people they just weren't used, and if …show more content…
Though they gave the warning that a hurricane was coming, they failed to provide help to the people who couldn't afford to just leave. Response plans at all levels of government lacked flexibility and adaptability. They were not flexible, and acted as if they couldn't adapt once it happened. Officials at all levels seemed to be waiting for the disaster that fit their plans, rather than planning and building scalable capacities to meet whatever Mother Nature threw at them. The fact that the people there were majority black I believe didn't make them speed the process up. The city's evacuation plan states, "The city of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas." The city had enough school and transit buses to evacuate over 12,000 citizens for one trip.(Gonzales) Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin delayed ordering a mandatory evacuation 19 hours before the disaster. (Tom Foreman and Mike Ahlers) The failure to order timely mandatory evacuations, the decision to shelter and not evacuate the remaining population led to deaths, thousands of dangerous rescues, and horrible conditions for those who remained.( (Tom Foreman and Mike Ahlers) It was an incomplete evacuation. We really can't just blame one person, every person that was supposed to be of authority played a part in the slow response. The people of New Orleans counted on the people that are supposed to be of

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