Five months after Hurricane Katrina hit the US Gulf coast, Stanley Greene documented the aftermath.
Katrina's ravages, and the government's inept response to them, had highlighted not only New Orleans's systemic social and racial inequities, but America's leadership problems, as well. The aftermath left no doubt in people's mind that if anything characterized the Bush administration, it was a disturbingly consistent pattern of indecision, insensitivity and shortsightedness during moments of great crisis and human suffering.
The hurricane effectively destroyed New Orleans and in the process, all pretense of equality. Katrina unleashed the insidious demon of racism, once again lifting the veil on America’s messy history.
Katrina unleashed the insidious demon of racism, once again lifting the veil on America’s messy history.
Profiteers of all colors emerged to secrete billions of dollars in funds and stolen property away from the citizens of the Gulf Coast with insurance fraud and non-payments of claims, this played against the backdrop of racial unease and overwhelming greed.
If these twin evils are indeed America’s history, Katrina, sadly enough, is simply yet another chapter.