Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster

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Jeremy I. Levitt, Matthew C. Whitaker
U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Nature - 324 pages
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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm devastated the region and its citizens. But its devastation did not reach across racial and class lines equally. In an original combination of research and advocacy, Hurricane Katrina: America s Unnatural Disaster questions the efficacy of the national and global responses to Katrina s central victims, African Americans. This collection of polemical essays explores the extent to which African Americans and others were, and are, disproportionately affected by the natural and manmade forces that caused Hurricane Katrina. Such an engaged study of this tragic event forces us to acknowledge that the ways in which we view our history and life have serious ramifications on modern human relations, public policy, and quality of life.

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Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Laying Bare the Anatomy of American Caste
The Role of Economic Theory in the Constructionand Maintenance of Disaster
4 The Internal Revenue Code Dont Care about Poor Black People
The Effect of Hurricane Katrina on the Criminal Justice System
6 From Worse to Where? African Americans Hurricane Katrina and the Continuing Public Health Crisis
The Lower Ninth Ward Hurricane Katrina and the Continuing Story of Environmental Injustice
9 Governmental Liability for the Katrina Failure
10 Katrina Race Refugees and Images of the Third World
Katrina Reparations and the Original Understanding of Equal Protection

Race Victimology and the Response to Hurricane Katrina

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Jeremy I. Levitt is the Associate Dean for International Programs and Distinguished Professor of International Law at Florida A&M University College of Law. He presently serves as chief legal advisor of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and formerly served as a World Bank official and United Nations consultant. He is the author of several texts, including The Evolution of Deadly Conflict in Liberia: From “Paternalism” to State Collapse and the editor of Africa: Mapping New Boundaries in International Law.   Matthew C. Whitaker is an associate professor of history and an affiliate faculty member in African and African American studies and the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. He is the author of several books, including Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West (Nebraska 2007) and African American Icons of Sports: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence.   Contributors: Mitchell F. Crusto, Bryan K. Fair, Ruth Gordon, Linda S. Greene, D. Marvin Jones, Phyllis W. Kotey, Jeremy I. Levitt, Kenneth B. Nunn, Charles R. P. Pouncy, Alyssa G. Robillard, Andre L. Smith, Carlton Waterhouse, and Matthew C. Whitaker.

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