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This Day In History – Hurricane Katrina

On Aug. 29, 2005, exactly 5 years ago today, Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge breached 53 different levees in greater New Orleans, submerging 80% of the city underwater.

On April 20, 2010 11 BP workers were killed when a drilling rig 40 miles off the south east coast of Louisiana exploded. This oil spill, also known as the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, has brought on more pain and tragedy to the already devastated people and land of New Orleans

In 5 years, New Orleans has endured both the greatest natural disaster and the greatest environmental disaster in U.S history. These two disasters have disproportionately affected the poor and African-Americans.

How Could We Ever Forget?

According to the 2000 Census, about 1 in every 3 people who lived in the areas hardest hit were African-American. 35% of African-Americans lacked a vehicle while only 15% of whites lacked a vehicle before Katrina. Overall, poor people were the worst off, with less than 50% having a vehicle.

Even though BP has conducted a massive clean-up effort, many of the Gulf’s smaller fisheries will likely be ignored. These fisheries are a source of food and revenue for many of Louisiana’s locals. The poor and low-class residents of Louisiana will now be forced to pay for food with less money than they had before.

Spike Lee’s new documentary “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” is a follow-up/sequel to “When The Levees Broke” and will air on HBO Aug. 30 &  31 of 2010.

This Man Should Go to Jail- “Man Accused of Shooting at men Fleeing Katrina Pleads Not Guilty”

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  1. December 3, 2010 at 7:44 AM

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  3. September 7, 2010 at 7:48 AM

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