When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands were left behind to suffer the ravages of destruction, disease, and even death. The majority of these people were black; nearly all were poor. The Federal government?s slow response to local appeals for help is by now notorious. Yet, despite the cries of outrage that have mounted since the levees broke, we have failed to confront the disaster?s true lesson: to be poor, and/or black, in today?s society is to be left behind. Displaying the intellectual rigor, political passion, and personal empathy that have won him acclaim and fans all across the color line, Michael Eric Dyson offers a searing assessment of the meaning of Hurricane Katrina. Combining survivors interviews with his deep knowledge of black migrations and government policy, Dyson provides the historical context that has been sorely missing from public conversation.
Added by Hashim on December 28, 2005