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Housing ordinances passed by St. Bernard Parish post-Katrina are eerily similar to ones passed during the Jim Crow era.

The disproportionate effect of Hurricane Katrina on African Americans was an outcome created by law and societal construct, not chance. This book takes a hard look at racial stratification in America today and debunks the myth that segregation is a thing of the past.

An outstanding resource for students of African American history, government policy, sociology, and human rights, as well as readers interested in socioeconomics in the United States today, this book examines why the divisions between the areas heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina and those left unscathed largely coincided with the color lines in New Orleans neighborhoods; and establishes how African Americans have suffered for 400 years under an oppressive system that has created a permanent underclass of second-class citizenship.

Rather than focusing on the Katrina disaster itself, the author presents significant evidence of how government policy and structure, as well as societal mores, permitted and sanctioned the dehumanization of African Americans, purposefully placing them in disaster-prone areas—particularly, those in New Orleans. The historical context is framed within the construct of Hurricane Katrina and other hurricane catastrophes in New Orleans, demonstrating that Katrina was not an anomaly. For readers unfamiliar with the ugly existence of segregation in modern-day America, this book will likely shock and outrage as it sounds a call to both citizens and government to undertake the challenges we still face as a nation.

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• Documents how the Katrina disaster uncovered the pathology of dehumanization and draws connections between the rampant problems in government and society to the root cause of dehumanization

• Reveals how Louisiana’s laws, customs, and society structure have sought to maintain separation between the races and subjugated African Americans and non-whites, from the establishment of the state to today

• Suggests a number of remedies based on the basic principles of good government and the elimination of dehumanization that can move our society away from present-day segregation—a condition that is fatal to democracy.

Sample Topics
Brown v. Board of Education
Discriminatory Housing Policy in St. Bernard Parish via Blood-Relative Ordinance
Domestic Slave Trade in America
Dred Scott v. Sandford
Hypersegregation
Jim Crow in Louisiana
Lawsuit against Discriminatory Housing Policy in St. Bernard Parish
Plessy v. Ferguson
Political Leaders in Louisiana and the New Orleans Area
Response to Desegregation in Louisiana
Slave Trading in New Orleans
The Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction in Louisiana
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
U.S. Constitution – 3/5 of a Person

 

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