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Author LinkDyson, Michael Eric.
Title LinkCome hell or high water : Hurricane Katrina and the color of disaster / Michael Eric Dyson.
Variant Title Hurricane Katrina and the color of disaster
Edition Pbk. ed.
Imprint New York : Basic Civitas, 2007, c2005.
Description xii, 270 p. ;  21 cm.
Type of Material Book
Gen. Note "With a new afterword."--P. [1] of cover
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-255) and index.
Contents Contents: Preface: Pompeii and 8/29 -- Unnatural disasters : race and poverty -- Does George W. Bush care about Black people? -- The politics of disaster -- Hurricane and hesitation -- Levees and lies -- Follow the leader? -- Guns and butter (or FEMA-nizing disaster) -- Capitalizing on disaster -- Frames of reference : class, caste, culture, and cameras -- Supernatural disasters? : theodicy and prophetic faith -- Epilogue: Transforming the Jericho road -- Afterword: Great migrations?
Summary Does George W. Bush care about black people? Does the rest of America? 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 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, or black, in today’s ownership society, is to be left behind. Combining interviews with survivors with his deep knowledge of black migrations and government policy over decades, Dyson provides the historical context that has been missing from public conversation. He explores the legacy of black suffering in America since slavery, including the ways that black people are framed in the national consciousness even today.--From publisher description.
Per.Sub. LinkBush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- -- Relations with African Americans.
Subject LinkAfrican Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 21st century.
LinkAfrican Americans -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
LinkHurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Political aspects.
LinkHurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Social aspects.
LinkFloods -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
LinkEmergency management -- Political aspects -- Gulf States.
LinkDisaster relief -- Gulf States.
LinkAfrican Americans -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Social conditions.
LinkUnited States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
LinkPoor -- Civil rights -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
LinkPoor -- United States -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
LinkRacism -- Political aspects -- United States.
LinkClassism -- Political aspects -- United States.

System Number 000682008
ISBN Link046501772X (pbk.)
Link9780465017720 (pbk.)

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