Thursday, September 22, 2005

Do We Need a Black FEMA?

It's not just that FEMA was slow and disorganized in responding to Katrina. It's that they were completely oblivious to the existence of black neighborhoods in the same vicinity as white neighborhoods that they did manage to get to:

FEMA never demanded that Red Cross officials leaders expand their personal network of contacts across the tracks into Black Biloxi, Black Mobile, Black Gulfport and Black Pascagoula. So well stocked and well-supplied Red Cross operations sat in white churches only a short distance from predominantly black areas which had not been reached by any private or government relief agency before black churches and black ex-offenders and black grassroots organizations took matters into their own hands.

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