2015 MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA
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Lugo, Liza, J.D. How Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow? Racism in 21st Century New Orleans. ABC-CLIO. (c) 2014.
The following excerpts may not be reproduced without the express written consent of the author, Liza Lugo, J.D.
“Hurricane Katrina’s winds undoubtedly blew the roofs off of not only the homes in New Orleans but those of the entire nation. Below the façade of the peaceful nature of the bayous and behind the elaborate Mardi Gras masks, there was something more unnerving than the ghosts of the city from centuries past: the continuance of segregation and racial hatred rooted in the dehumanization of generations of African Americans in southeastern Louisiana (and the United States as a whole). Katrina would prove to be more than a natural disaster; it would expose a national disaster. The storm exposed the effects of centuries of racial hatred, and along with the storm surge, it brought with it more segregationist policy.
St. Bernard Parish passed a series of ordinances in an effort to deny housing in the aftermath of Katrina. And, finally, it fixated itself on getting what it really wanted—housing would be based on the ancestry of its residents:
SBPC #370-09-06, Summary 1911
September 19, 2006
‘Considering the great social and economic need to encourage single family residence owners to return, rebuild, and resume living in the parish and to reoccupy their homes in already long established neighborhoods; Considering the public purpose, benefit and need to maintain the integrity and stability of established neighborhoods as centers of family values and activities; considering the public benefits to be obtained from securing for the community the blessings of quiet enjoyment of their pre-existing neighborhoods; and Considering the necessity to foster and encourage a community and family atmosphere in the neighborhood … [and, therefore:]
No person or entity shall rent, lease, loan, or otherwise allow occupancy or use of any single family residence … by any person or groups of persons, other than a family member(s) related by blood within the first second, or third direct ascending or descending generation(s) without first obtaining a Permissive Use Permit from the … Council.’
My personal aim is that this book will inform the general citizenry of the United States that there is a pathology of dehumanization of Americans, what the methods of transmitting dehumanization are, and the symptoms of it from which we suffer. It is the story the continuous struggle to be treated with human dignity and the opportunities we have to heal.”
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW * INTERNATIONAL LAW
HUMAN RIGHTS * CIVIL LIBERTIES * CRIMINAL LAW * FRAUD INVESTIGATION
TAXATION * FAMILY/DIVORCE * PERSONAL INJURY