Katrina’s Not Racist, Just FEMA

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Although the above cartoon may be upwards of a decade old, its commentary on the effects of environmental catastrophe upon the underprivileged remain true.

Impoverished communities, typically of color, bear the brunt of natural disasters without the necessary resources for escape or survival. Even with the aid of charitable organizations like the American Red Cross or local groups, many residents in these communities do not trust that they will be able to return safely to their belongings or homes.

As climate change continues to increase the severity with which natural disasters, including hurricanes like Katrina, environmental racism manifests itself in more ways than pollution or waste dumping. Although these storms do not, obviously, target communities of color, the social response (or lack thereof) indicates long-held biases toward racism and poverty.

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